A quick look at the aftermath of any music festival shows just how little tents are valued, these days. Everywhere from Glastonbury to Bonnaroo or Coachella, 1 in 5 tents are left behind once the crowds have dispersed, destined to be tossed into a landfill. Long gone are the days when a good, solid tent was a highly-valued piece of camping equipment that could be passed on from one generation to the next… but this piece might be the very thing to change that perspective. Under Cover Camper was designed to place the value back into the tent by promoting sustainability, style, longevity, and quality. Created by New Zealand designer Nikolai Sorensen, this two-person tent’s aesthetic is evocative of canvas shelters used by surveyors and naturalists in the past.
The marine ply frame and canvas fly contribute to making the tent extremely strong and waterproof, while the brass and leather trim conveys a sense of style. While providing durability, the Under Cover Camper also offers flexibility to adapt to the needs of the camper: During the hottest hours of the day, the front wall can be unzipped and rolled up, transforming it into the ultimate sun shelter.
The tent isn’t available on the market just yet, but until it’s ready to be ordered, it’s an excellent tool for raising awareness about the disposable nature of the camping industry, and the impact that discarded outdoor leisure materials have on the environment. Investing in a high-quality piece that can last for generations is a far more sensible and ethical choice than just tossing away cheap plastic or PVC items after using them once or twice. Hopefully, seeing this gorgeous piece will encourage others to think carefully before throwing away their used tents after a music festival or camping trip.
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