Snow Sports with a Conscience: Eco-Friendly Winter Adventures- Written for The Walleye
By Amy Ryan, Communications Coordinator, EcoSuperior
Winter is in full swing here in Thunder Bay, and along with it comes the thrill of getting outside to enjoy! Snowshoeing, skiing, and skating rely on human power and have a minimal carbon footprint. This makes them the perfect outdoor activity. While the excitement of carving through a fresh snowfall is undeniable, it's important to consider the environmental impact of our winter fun. Here are several eco-friendly ideas you can incorporate into your adventures.
When embarking on your snowy journey, opt for low-carbon transportation options like carpooling to minimize your environmental impact. If you are travelling out of town, select accommodations that prioritize energy efficiency, supporting our collective goal of building a healthier planet. If bringing food with you, choose reusable items to minimize trash, and be mindful of recycling.
When venturing into the great outdoors for winter fun, be sure to follow Leave No Trace principles. Respect natural habitats and wildlife, stay on designated trails, and dispose of waste responsibly to minimize your impact on the environment.
Elevate your snow game by opting for eco-friendly gear. Several types of winter equipment can be crafted from recycled or responsibly sourced materials. Clothing can be made from recycled fabrics or sustainable alternatives. Many brands now prioritize environmentally conscious production methods, so you can bundle up in style with a clear conscience. Thrifting and online marketplaces also are great to find used equipment and clothing. This option reduces waste in landfills and lowers the carbon footprint from new production.
As we strive to create a more sustainable world, prioritizing self-care is important because it helps us to be in a better mindset to be responsible community members. Getting outside is vital for our well-being. When we connect with nature, it inspires us to make the world a better place.
As winter enthusiasts, we have the power to make a difference. By embracing eco-friendly choices in our snow adventures, we not only enjoy the thrill of the outdoors but also contribute to the preservation of the amazing Northwestern Ontario winter landscapes we hold dear. So, gear up, get outside and enjoy responsibly– our planet will thank you for it.