1. Forego the plastic water bottles and try something like a 5 gallon water cooler and reusable bottles. This seems to be the
#1 way to eliminate gobs of garbage. And you can stuff your laundry in it on the way back out.
2. Bring a cup! Always have a cup with you. (Pro tip- get a tin mug with a carabiner to clip to your belt, hands free cupping!)
This means that camps won’t have to shell out disposable cups (and many just won’t bother serving you if you don’t bring your own.)
3. Avoid disposable crap. Those little plastic sporks and paper plates really add up. Don’t be lazy. Bring stuff to rinse instead of stuff to stuff into a trash bag.
4. Use the burn barrels. Obviously don’t put melty plastic in there, but if it burns, burn it up.
5. Unjunk before you get there. Take wrappers off, cardboard inserts out, etc.
6. Prepare food like a smarty pants. Last year I noticed a veteran burner cutting up fruit and putting it all together in one neat Tupperware container. The cores and peels and crap didn’t come with her. You can do the same with Cheezits by taking them out of the box and putting them in Tupperware. Yes, Tupperware takes up room too, but you can use it to store your newfound keepsakes on the way back out.
7. Don’t bring things that don’t work in the desert. I thought an inflatable swimming pool would be a great idea to get rid of grey water. Spoiler alert: it isn’t.
8. Collaborate with your camp mates. No need for each person to bring a separate set of all the things.
9. Don’t bring monsters of MOOP. Glitterfied feather freaks, I’m looking at you. And of course, make sure you do a MOOP sweep with a fine toothed comb when you leave! Every person is responsible for this, even if you leave early!