Nachhaltigkeits-Tipps fürs Wandern – raus in die Natur, aber richtig! - NIKIN EU

Sustainability tips for hiking – get out into nature, but do it right!

Hiking can be so beautiful and it should stay that way - these tips will help you pay attention to sustainability when hiking.

Hiking can be so beautiful and it should stay that way - these tips will help you pay attention to sustainability when hiking.

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Hiking is healthy and continues to be popular. Currently, due to Corona, more and more people are discovering spending time in nature and the many benefits for body and mind. The health benefits of outdoor exercise are well known. You don't even have to be particularly fit to just get started and go on a hike. The selection of hiking routes is so wide that the duration and intensity of the hike can be adapted to your own needs - and you still cross beautiful landscapes. The sporting activity and fresh air have a positive effect on the immune system, the joints and the circulation and also take you to beautiful places in the countryside, often in the surrounding area.

Contact with nature has an invigorating effect, cheers you up and is a welcome counterbalance, especially for everyone who spends most of the day at a work table and looks at monitors a lot for work - especially in times of home office. Hikes are great opportunities for families to do and discover something together and to teach their children about beautiful things that lie beyond our consumer world.

Sustainable handling of the environment

However, you should also do something good for nature and behave as sustainably as possible when hiking. Unfortunately, you have to bring this up every now and then when you notice what parks and forests look like after a particularly nice weekend. It's incredible that this still needs to be said in 2021, but clearly neither education nor common sense serves some of us. Hence the number one sustainability insight:

Garbage produces more garbage!

A single discarded aluminum can or chip packet is enough to take away the inhibitions of those behind. They throw their rubbish aside and feel significantly less guilty about it. So it's better to leave it alone!

It's best to avoid waste altogether

In the past, hikers were actually advised to bury rubbish along the way. Today we are smarter and that is why experts have now moved away from it, and this is also because many of our legacies are being dismantled very poorly and slowly. Plastic in particular stays around for centuries - a baby diaper for around 800 years until it has completely rotted away. On soils that are very thin and have little vegetation, soil life is also lower. It can take years for a tissue to dissolve.

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Cigarette butts are particularly fatal. The filters do not dissolve and are often mistaken by birds for larvae - which they then feed to their young. If a filter gets into the groundwater, a single stub can poison thousands of liters of water and make it undrinkable.

Therefore: Use the containers provided, separate waste and – ideally – not create any in the first place. Not being able to recycle properly is a cheap excuse in our area.

Quiet is mindful

But mindfulness involves much more than just dealing with and disposing of waste. Even the journey to hike makes a contribution to nature conservation if we travel by bike or public transport. Driving around in the forest in a loud SUV is not only unsustainable, it is (dis)turbing. For other hikers – and for forest dwellers.

Do not disturb domestic and wild animals

Because we are not alone in nature. Most of the time we are surrounded by birds, insects and larger animals without noticing them. Those who move quietly and carefully sometimes have the opportunity to enjoy such encounters. Loud noises, music and especially leaving the hiking trails become problems for animals. They feel pressured, and not everyone reacts by withdrawing. Wild boars with offspring can become aggressive in larger groups if things get too colorful for them, and even domestic sheep or cows in the pasture react irritably if they have young and hikers approach them - especially if you are traveling with dogs. Foresters repeatedly find young wild animals dead, apparently killed by domestic dogs. It is therefore better to stay on the paths - and always keep dogs on a leash.


Be considerate of plants

It's not just the fauna that is stressed if you don't behave sustainably, the plant world also suffers. You can simply leave it alone to pick wild plants, which often wither before you return home. Photographing a beautiful flower is just as much fun and causes less damage. In this case too, when you leave the forest paths you can sometimes damage the location of plants, often even without noticing it.

Into the mushrooms is best done under instructions

Occasionally you want to go a little deeper into the forest, namely when mushrooms and berries are in season. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you let experienced collectors guide you at the beginning. It almost goes without saying that mushrooms you have collected yourself should be inspected again at the mushroom testing center before they are put in the pan.

Handle fire carefully

In view of the increasing climatic changes that are also affecting nature, especially persistent drought in summer, the last important note should be about making fires in nature. Having a picnic outdoors, even a barbecue, can be very nice - in the designated areas. Afterwards, the fire should be put out thoroughly before leaving the place.

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Most of the tips shouldn't be new and are actually based on common sense. And now we wish you a lot of fun on your next adventure!

Most of the tips shouldn't be new and are actually based on common sense. And now we hope you enjoy your next adventure! By the way: With the new products from our Hiking Collection you are well equipped for your next hiking adventure.

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