Organic Camping Tents for an Organic Lifestyle

So, I am on the hunt for an organic camping tent, because like most travelers who are used to sleeping out in the woods, I am stuck with the in-organic, brightly colored, chemically laden, plastic tents that easily break down, rip, and cause all sorts of problems to the environment, both to produce and to use. I detest this method of living, not the camping itself, but spending my nights inside this claustrophobic structure, while the morning suns rays emit harmful air into the tent for those who dare sleep in, while the polyester walls leak with rain, and cause a tumult of wind flapping in the slightest breeze. There must be alternatives beyond the MEC and Fjallraven higher end brands, who are also using the same materials, are there any fellow nomads or travelers out there who know?

I know there have been limited tents made by Vaude a German company that produced a high quality cotton tent, then a Middle Eastern company that used bamboo poles and organic canvas, I have also seen festival tent designs with a front entering design and canvas roll, and an Irish tent made from sustainable cork, but both of these were only designs, not actual tents on the market. If anyone knows of some non fire-retardant, non-chemical, natural color, organic material and lightweight tents for single or couple camping, please write to me. Until then I will keep dreaming of a beeswaxed natural hemp fiber tent with bamboo poles and sky windows that I can fit in my backpack.

Happy travels!

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2 thoughts on “Organic Camping Tents for an Organic Lifestyle

  1. For practical purposes, you are for the time being stuck with either making your own tent or buying a higher-end shelter. Is Fjellraven similar to Fjellduken? If not, I’ll recommend to you what I use as a homeless shelter: the Jerven bag. http://www.jerven.com In Norway, the local name for it is Fjellduken (“mountain tarp”). I have the largest version to live in (and the smallest for walking and sleeping in). It’s made of the highest quality material and is guaranteed for 10 years. They’re mostly available in camouflage, of which I have two patterns. It’s probably not made of organic material, but it’s waterproof, 4-seasoned, insulated, no assembly, and packs very small. In Canadian dollars, the Hunter version (which I most recommend) is $250. I wish I could offer you a better alternative. PS: I’m a huge fan of your blog.

    • Fjallraven is a Swedish brand that mostly makes backpacks, the larger mountain packs are actually quite impressive and last a long time. I met a traveler with their pack and a coat that his grandfather owned, still looking new, it’s tough gear. As for tents, those look pretty survivalist, like lean-to’s and tarps, I like them, but not really what I seek. Ideally a closed tent, though I notice the ‘KING’ model here is like that, it needs tie ups, but if I am in tundra, desert, field, or somewhere without trees, it could be tricky. Cheers for the appreciation, i’ll see what you are writing too. A friend of mine told me about a ‘button tent’ from the army ‘knappatelt’, they are locking interlocking triangles, of waxed marine canvas, and subtle grey color, which I really liked, they could be folded down easily, and sometimes appear on finn.no Surprisingly still can’t find a small waxed canvas tent here in Canada even at the army Surplus.

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