In order to be better environmental stewards and, more importantly, help pave the way for others in the Oudoor industry to reduce their impact, we are eliminating single-use plastics from our expedition.
Where this becomes most challenging is in food storage. It is typical to store all foods in plastic bags - they are compact, waterproof, and cheap - but they all go to the landfill at the end of the trip. Instead, unable to find a product on the market that meets our standards, we are hand-making at least 150 food bags to test on the trip.
As we continue to prepare, plan, and create, we are hoping to raise funds to help us meet the goals of our expedition.
Eliminating one-time-use plastics will add about $1,000 to our trip, including all food bag materials, inevitable failed prototypes, dry bags, and pack-liners. If this is a cause you would like to support financially, consider donations based on the following projected costs:
Food Bags and Containers - $400 ($2/bag + shipping)
Dry Bags and Reusable Pack-Liners - $600 ($20-50/bag)
In addition, there is still about $1,000 worth of equipment and supplies currently outside of our budget. These costs include camera equipment, baggage expenses, a collapsable setting pole, barrel harnesses, and more.
Whether you donate $2 to pay for one of our re-usable food bags, $40 for a camera battery, or $1,000 for a fold-up Pak Canoe, all funds raised will go toward a big adventure, and hopefully some answers on how to expedition more responsibly.
And stay tuned - upon our return in August we will post information and photos about the expedition, and about how we fared adventuring plastic-free.
Thank you for your support!
Canoe Ungava Team:
Beth Jackson, Eli Walker, Steve Melamed, and Sage Waring