The best part about heading out on a whitewater rafting trip is being completely surrounded by nature. And being eco-conscious does not necessarily mean changing how we do everything. But collectively small changes can make a difference in helping to maintain the Ocoee river and the nearby natural spaces in the long run. Have a look at the sustainable suggestions below, because even adopting just one is a great starting point!

Rethink The Packaging

When it comes to your packed meal or snack, reconsider the packaging. Opt for reusable containers or beeswax wrap and ditch the plastic baggie—because once you use it, you’ll just throw it out! Reusable water bottles come in all shapes, sizes, and materials, so stay hydrated, slap on your favorite stickers and scrap disposable bottles. The same goes for using your trusty reusable tote bag, great for carrying all your stuff or for doing a bit of shopping. Do your best to avoid additional plastics like straws and unnecessary exterior wrappers.

Limit Your Impact

Sunscreen, insect repellant, and soap are three valuable products for a great rafting adventure. But more often than not, many are high in chemicals which negatively impact the environment. When the chemicals come into contact with the water, they run off directly into the river, as well as ending up in wastewater, which then all wind up in nature and affect our furry friends and green surroundings. But don’t worry, there are a ton of great green alternatives to consider when it comes to eco-friendly sunscreensbotanical DEET-free insect repellants, and eco-friendly bath soaps, that will keep you UV protected, pest-free, and squeaky clean. So spray, apply, and lather up knowing that you’ve made an excellent choice!

Respect The Wilderness

Just like you wouldn’t want someone coming into your home and making a mess, the same applies when you’re out in nature. First and foremost, as pleasant as they may be, don’t pick plants and flowers. If you’re looking to take home a souvenir, take a photo not a plant—it’ll last a lot longer! While you may be nibbling on your tasty snacks, remember that they’re not for sharing with the local wildlife. If you plan to do any hiking in the area, be sure to stay inside marked trails. If you’re doing some camping the same goes for making fires, enjoy your perfectly roasted hot dogs and toasted marshmallows, but only in designated fire-approved areas. We are all responsible for doing our part, so be sure not to leave any of your garbage behind, and if you come across a rogue chocolate wrapper or water bottle, lend an extra hand and pick it up! Most importantly have a great time taking in everything that nature has to offer, and leave it that way for the next person to enjoy some outdoor fun too.

As outdoor lovers ourselves, we support sustainability in order to help keep our waters clean, forests green, and to continue to share our favorite rapids with you. Soak up all that nature has to offer on an exciting half-day or full-day whitewater rafting trip. Get in touch with us today for any questions, concerns, or local recommendations!