Recreate Sustainably

Sustainability in outdoor recreation is becoming increasingly important as more and more people turn to nature for recreation and relaxation. The natural environment is a precious resource that needs to be protected and conserved for future generations to enjoy.

What is sustainability in outdoor recreation?

Sustainability in outdoor recreation refers to practices that protect the natural environment while allowing people to enjoy outdoor activities. It involves minimizing the impact of human activities on the natural environment, preserving wildlife habitats, and reducing waste and pollution.

Why is sustainability important?

The natural environment is a finite resource that needs to be protected and conserved for future generations. Outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, running and biking can have a significant impact on the environment if not done sustainably. Overuse of natural resources, littering, and pollution can damage ecosystems, harm wildlife, and reduce the quality of outdoor experiences for everyone.

Tips for practicing sustainability during outdoor recreation:

  • Leave No Trace
  • The Leave No Trace principles are a set of guidelines for minimizing the impact of human activities on the natural environment. These principles include packing out all trash, minimizing campfire impact, and respecting wildlife.

  • Use Sustainable Gear
  • Choose gear made from sustainable materials, such as recycled polyester and organic cotton. Look for gear that is designed to last a long time and can be repaired if needed.

  • Support Sustainable Tourism
  • Choose eco-friendly accommodations and tour operators that prioritize sustainability. Support local businesses that use sustainable practices and contribute to conservation efforts.

  • Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
  • Minimize your impact on the environment by choosing sustainable transportation options, such as walking, biking, or taking public transit. If you do drive, carpool with others or choose a fuel-efficient vehicle.

  • Volunteer for Conservation Efforts
  • Get involved in conservation efforts in your community. Volunteer for trail maintenance, wildlife surveys, and other activities that help protect the natural environment.

    In conclusion, sustainability in outdoor recreation is crucial for protecting the natural environment and ensuring that future generations can enjoy outdoor activities. By practicing sustainable outdoor activities, we can reduce our impact on the environment and help preserve wildlife habitats.

    How does Tailwind approach sustainability? 

    • Member of the Colorado Green Business Network.

    • The Durango office located in a carbon neutral building, powered by solar energy, covers 95% of its annual usage through solar panels. This includes heating and cooling.The building is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the USA.

    • Move to a new production facility and eliminated the transport vehicle used to move product from production to the shipping department.

    • New facility is utilizing daylight for production and shipping operations through the addition of  windows in all areas of the factory. All lighting has been upgraded to LED.

    • All case pack shippers are 100% recycled and the logo is printed with carbon sequestering ink.

    • Use of glassine bags to reduce plastic bags whenever possible.

    • All plastic bags used to build single serving assembly use 100% PCR plastic.  

    • Shipping is testing recycled stretch wrap, 27% recycled, 25% post consumer waste.

    • All packing paper is 100% recycled content and plastic free.

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