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A Guide to Low-Waste Backpacking

In this post, we break down how to plan and prepare for a 3-day, low-waste backcountry backpacking trip. By following our guide you’ll feel more organized, confident, and less overwhelmed with the process as you plan for your next adventure. And the best part, you can feel good knowing you’re being proactive in taking responsibility to keep our treasured places clean and natural.

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Best Places for Sustainable Travel to Reset for the New Year

Written in partnership with bloggers Jules and Christine of Don't Forget to Move The New Year is the perfect time to travel. While most people are hermitting after the holidays, you can actually score some awesome travel deals during January and February. It can also be incredibly therapeutic to start off the new year (and a new decade!) with travel. Taking a New Year’s trip can instill a sense of excitement to what is normally a dreary time of year (if you live in the Northern hemisphere). More than that, it can help you reset after what is inevitably a stressful...

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The LifeStraw team will be out of the office on Giving Tuesday. Here’s Why:

A note from Alison Hill, LifeStraw's managing director: giving back is part of the DNA of our company. That is why I encourage our staff, and everyone who loves the LifeStraw brand, to give of yourself - Give You - this holiday season. I am giving the entire LifeStraw team the day off work this Giving Tuesday, December 3, to volunteer or participate in activities that give back to their communities.

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Going Beyond Safe Water: An experience with LifeStraw in Ciudad Juarez on the Mexican border

In August, we worked with partners in the Secretaria de Salud to conduct an assessment – first obtaining a list of all the migrant centers in Juarez, the number of people they were housing, and the state of their drinking water.

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10 of the Best Hikes in the US for Fire Fall Foliage

To most people, the Fall season means leaves turning bright red and orange, the weather becoming more brisk and chilled, and the holiday season looming closer and closer by the day. But for nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, Fall also means soaking up the final moments of adventure and outdoor fun before the below zero weather and fleeting daylight take over in the Winter months.  Fall is the perfect time to explore new hiking spots and feed your drive for the outdoors before Winter settles in. And if you don’t know where to explore, we’ve come up with a list of...

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Prepping for emergencies: 10 things to build a lightweight, no-expiration disaster kit

Here is our team’s guide to building the ultimate no-expiration emergency preparedness kit. 

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  • A PSA on PFAS: What are they and how can you filter them from your drinking water?

    What does a microwave popcorn bag, a nonstick pan and nail polish all have in common? These products frequently contain chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that are severely threatening public health and water sources around the world.

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    Compost or Bust?

    Harry & Andrea needed to step up our conservation game in order to live up to Airstream’s #LeaveItBeautiful initiative, which inspire travelers and adventurers to leave the world around them more beautiful than they found it. In the spirit of the campaign, they wanted to do all we could to travel green on the road in “Astrid the Airstream."

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    Striving for Sustainability on the Road

    Being on the road isn’t inherently sustainable, but you can make green choices regardless of whether you hang your hat in a converted van, a shiny Airstream, a condo or a farmhouse. 

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    5 Best Spots for Lake Camping in North America

    If you’re in North America, you’re probably winding down from a summer full of fun. But there's still time for some more outdoor activities before the weather cools down, and for us that means camping! Check out some of our favorite lake camping spots in North America.

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  • What You Need to Know About Microplastics

    Since the 1950s, plastic manufacturing has skyrocketed and with it, plastic contamination. Everything from plastic straws to plastic soda rings are polluting bodies of water around the world. Plastic pollution is certainly a huge issue in the conversation of environmental degradation, but where does its smaller counterpart, microplastics, fall into the conversation?

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    Does your child’s school have safe drinking water?

    As millions of kids around the country trade swimsuits and popsicle sticks for backpacks and pencils, parents should be advised that recent research shows that contaminants in school drinking water can pose a threat to student health.

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