We sat down with Justin from Saperior Tree Sap Products to help write this blog and shed light on what sustainable camping means to him.
Justin is a camping enthusiast and has spent years building his skills through bushcraft.
What is bushcraft you ask? We had the same question for him!
“Bushcraft is wilderness survival skills. It is about thriving in the natural environment, and the acquisition of the skills and knowledge to do so. Bushcraft has molded my mindset”
During our conversation with Justin we learned how bushcraft, entrepreneurship, and sustainability have many common threads.
“Bushcraft is about rounding out all of your skills to get by with less. Making something new out of something else triggers innovation, reduces waste, and brings a sustainable creative mindset to the forefront. When you are in the bush you go out and ask yourself what can I use around me to make into what I need?”
This outdoor resourcefulness and attunement to nature is how Justin came across his obsession for pine resin in its many forms.
“I could use it on wounds, to start a fire, or seal a surface. Then I started asking myself what else could I do with this? How could I clean it and purify it and share the benefits with other people... That is how I got into skincare.”
“When I think of camping - think of practice surviving. Thinking outside the box. I have learned a lot from that which is classified as bushcraft. Survival skills for the forest.”
If you have a certain set of tools, then you have the capacity to make the tools for everything else you need.
“To me, sustainable camping is a mindset and an evolving awareness of the impact of our actions on the local environment.”
“When you go camping you get to spend time in nature and build a connection with the thing we are all advocating to protect. I love bridging my love for bushcraft with camping with my friends at festivals. It is an opportunity to set an example, and be prepared as f*** all the time.”
“Make your camping experience a learning experience. Learn how to use things for more than what they are designed for.”
Influence people to try and reuse and repurpose stuff that you already brought in to the campsite before disposing of it.
“If you have your can from soup, instead of just getting rid of it, suggest to the kids or group how they can find another use for it.”
Camping is a chance to be creative. Because then you are creating something bigger. Spawning creativity and innovation from the materials you have available - that is the answer!
Trigger the mindset - the way of thinking - how can we reuse? - how can we repurpose? An empty can isn't just trash, it's a container, a lantern, a bailer, a collector, an instrument. Those are a few, but what if you open both ends of the can?
You have to start looking at things in a different way, stop being so throw away-ish. Ask yourself "how can I make something from nothing" "how can I create what I need from what I have" You can make anything happen!
“Knife control! Learning how to use and handle a knife and to understand that it is a tool, not a toy, because it is essential to our survival in the bush. I used to just widdle for hours making spoons and tools."
Fire building techniques and safety is also very important to understand, I've made mistakes, I've had tons of difficulty, but I keep practicing.
I learned about pine resin and really started getting into that, probably 10 years ago or more, hard to say. The amount I've learned, I find incredible. The amount of times I set fire to an entire batch of raw resin I was trying to purify, is scary, including almost burning my beard off, or setting fire to everything around me. The burns were and still are endless. I never stop learning and adapting, but I will never win the burn battle. Comes with the territory.
And Books! Learning how to identify stuff. And YouTube! I like Dave Catenbury - An American military guy who teaches bushcraft. Watch the show Alone"