The Best Non Toxic Tents Without Flame Retardants

When it comes to camping, choosing the right tent isn’t just about comfort—it’s also about keeping chemicals out of your environment! After all, the getting closer to nature is supposed to be a healthy experience, right?

Sleeping inside a camping tent can also mean exposing yourself to chemicals like PFA, PFCs and flame retardants. The purpose of this article is to help you find the best non toxic tents made without harmful chemicals.


What’s a Non Toxic Tent?

Have you ever purchased a new tent and smelled a faintly chemical odor? This is known as off-gassing and means that chemicals used to treat different parts of the tent are being slowly released into the air and the environment.

The traditional coating used in tents to make them flame resistant and waterproof often include polyurethane, durable water repellents (DWRs), and fire retardants, which contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

A non toxic tent is made with as few of these chemicals as possible. This is done to reduce harmful substances that are released into the air and surrounding environment. This also reduces the impact of off-gassing and improves air quality inside the tent.

Camping in a non toxic tent

Why Choose a Non Toxic Tent?

The chemicals present in non-toxic tents can pose risks to humans, animals and the environment. We spoke with Daniela Rodriguez at ConsumerNotice.org, who provided the following information:

“Traditional tents often utilize a coating of polyurethane combined with a layer of harmful synthetic chemicals known as ‘durable water repellents’ (DWRs), which are derived from per and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

These PFAS, often referred to as ‘forever chemicals,’ are prevalent in numerous consumer goods but pose significant toxicity concerns.

They exhibit persistence in both the environment and our bodies, elevating the potential for adverse health effects such as liver damage, thyroid disorders, fertility issues, and an increased risk of cancer.”

For these reasons, opting for a non toxic tent made without, or with minimal, chemical additives reduces exposure to forever chemicals, and helps to keep these substances out of the natural environment.


What to Look for in a Non Toxic Tent

Here’s a checklist of key features to look for when shopping for a non toxic tent:

  • Flame Retardant-Free: Non toxic tents must be made without flame retardant chemicals and VOCs. Brands like Fjallraven, NEMO, Big Agnes and REI are committed to making tents without FR chemicals.
  • Eco-Friendly Dyes: Look for tents made with natural, water based or low-impact dyes.
  • Chemical-Free Fabrics: Make sure the tent fabrics are made with certified non toxic fabrics, free of VOCs, PFAs, and PFCs. This will reduce off-gassing and exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
  • DAC Tent Poles. Look for tents that have DAC poles, made from aluminum alloy. These poles are made without toxic chemicals like phosphoric and nitric acid.
  • Eco Friendly Certifications: Look for labels that verify the tent is made with eco-friendly materials and manufacturing practices. These include bluesign®, OEKO-TEX, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).

The Best Non-Toxic Camping Tents

The eco friendly tents in our list range from 2-person tents to 6-person tents. All of the tents are made without flame retardants, however, some of the tents do include waterproofing chemicals and dyes.

The North Face Stormbreak

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The North Face Stormbreak is a 3-person, 4-season tent that’s known for its durability, enhanced waterproofing, quick pitch, and relative lightweight design for a tent of this capacity.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 3 person
Seasons: 4
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Poles: 2 (Easy setup in under 10 min.)
Minimum Trail Weight:  5 lbs. 5 oz.
Packed Size: 8″ X 22″ (20.3cm X 55.9cm)
Floor Dimensions: 88 x 65 inches
Vestibule Area: 10.8 + 10.8 square feet
Material: 75-denier polyester with 1,200 mm waterproof rating
Positive
  • Quick pitch, easy setup even for one person
  • Ample airflow through the mesh body
  • Enhanced waterproofing with fully seam sealed canopy and floor
  • Large built-in vestibules for convenient storage
  • Strong enough to handle all four seasons
Negatives
  • Some customers report issues with the rainfly zipper getting stuck
  • No vents in the rainfly

Big Agnes Bunk House 6P

Big Agnes Bunk House Frame - Best 8 Person Tents
Big Agnes Bunk House - Best 8 Person Tents

The Big Agnes Bunk House 6P is a spacious family tent with front vestibule and shelter mode. High-quality materials, easy setup. Stay dry and organized with ample storage options.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 6 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Poles: 2 (Easy setup in under 10 min.)
Minimum Trail Weight:  18 lbs. 6 oz.
Packed Size: 27.5 x 17 x 7.5 inches
Floor Dimensions: 118 L x 100 W x 78 H inches
Vestibule Area: 56 square feet
Material: 1500 mm polyester taffeta
Positive
  • Spacious design, great for families or groups
  • Double-wall construction and full-coverage rainfly provide excellent protection from wind and rain
  • High-volume architecture and over 6 ft. of head height
  • Large built-in vestibules for convenient storage
  • Storm flaps on vestibule zippers provide extra protection
Negatives
  • Footprint not included
  • Bulky and heavy for backpacking trips

North Face Wawona 6

North Face Wawona 6 Non Toxic Tent Without Flame Retardants
North Face Wawona 6 Tent

The North Face Wawona 6 is one of the best family tents on the market, with a double-wall design, generous interior space, great ventilation and extra storage space, it feels more like a house than a tent.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 6 Person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Poles: 4 (Mediume setup in 15-20 minutes)
Weight: 20 pounds (9.07 kilograms)
Dimensions: 120 W x 96 H x 78 H inches
Vestibule Area: 44.7 square feet (4.15 square meters)
Material: Polyester
Positive
  • 20+ extra inches of headroom, double the height of most tents and great for tall campers
  • Extra large vestibule
  • Double-wall construction and mesh door provide superior air flow
  • Precut guy lines for extra stability
  • The tent’s large vestibule can be used as an additional seating area or for gear storage
Negatives
  • Heavy
  • Vestibule and rainfly have confusing setup
  • Footprint not included

NEMO Aurora Highrise

Nemo Aurora Highrise Non Toxic Tent
Nemo Aurora Highrise Tent Mesh Body

The NEMO Aurora 6P has a large, comfortable living space, with extra headspace for upright standing, and large, protected side windows for great ventilation and beautiful views of nature.

FEATURES
Capacity: 6 person
Seasons: 3
Weight:  18 pounds, 14 ounces
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Peak Height: 6.1 feet
Floor Dimensions: 120 x 100 inches (305 x 254 centimeters)
Material: Polyester
Positive
  • Steep walls create extra internal space
  • Large rain-protected side windows and ventilation
  • Extra headroom
  • Lifetime warranty
  • True to size and sleeps 4 comfortably
Negatives
  • Heavy
  • Actual color of the tent may differ from the product photos

Alpkit Roundhouse Organic Cotton Canvas Tent

Alpkit Roundhouse Non Toxic Tent

The Roundhouse has a luxurious, spacious environment that feels like a permanent structure, with an organic poly-cotton shell that significantly improves air quality and ventilation inside the tent.

FEATURES
Capacity: 6 person
Seasons: 3
Weight:  26.94 pounds (12.21 kilograms)
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Peak Height: 9.84 feet (299.9 centimeters)
Floor Area: 6.56 feet diameter (199.9 centimeters)
Material: 65% polyester and 35% organic cotton eco friendly materials
Positive
  • Interior is tall and wide enough to stand upright and walk around freely
  • Heavy duty organic cotton canvas breathes far better than polyester or nylon
  • Temperate regulating fabric
Negatives
  • Heavy
  • Difficult setup
  • Not a good tent for backpacking or car camping trips that involve movement

2/3 Person Camping Tents, Ideal for Couples, Backpacking and Car Camping

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3

Big Agnes Copper Spur Non Toxic Tent
Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent Mesh Body

The Big Agnes Copper Spur is ultralight, sturdy, and waterproof, with generous livable space and tons of storage compartments.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 3 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Poles: 2 (Easy setup in under 10 min.)
Minimum Trail Weight:  3 pounds, 8 ounces (~1.5 kilograms)
Packed Size: 21 x 6 inches (53.34 x 15.24 centimeters)
Floor Dimensions: 90 x 70 inches (228.6 x 177.8 centimeters)
Vestibule Area: 33 square feet (3 square meters)
Peak Height: 43 inches (109.22 centimeters)
Material: Ripstop nylon
Positive
  • Lots of large storage compartments
  • 1200mm waterproof rated rainfly and floor
  • Tent structure optimized to increase interior space and stability
  • Breathable mesh body and high / low vents provide excellent air flow
  • Two vestibules with awnings
  • Reflective guy lines and tensioners for easy nighttime setup
Negatives
  • Footprint not included
  • Poles that support the vestibule awnings can fall easily in wind
  • Less headroom of less than 5 feet

NEMO Dagger OSMO

Nemo Dagger OSMO non toxic tent
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The NEMO Dagger OSMO’s spacious design and superior ventilation make it pleasantly livable and well-suited for long excursions.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 2 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Poles: 1 (Easy setup in less than 10 minutes)
Minimum Trail Weight:  3 pounds, 6 ounces (~1.3 kilograms)
Floor Dimensions: 90 x 50 inches (228.6 x 127 centimeters)
Floor Area: 31.3 square feet (2.9 square feet)
Vestibule Area: 11.4 + 11.4 square feet (1.02 + 1.02 square meters)
Peak Height: 42 inches (106.68 centimeters)
Material: Ripstop nylon
Positive
  • Generous volume to weight ratio
  • Spacious while still being lightweight
  • Vertical walls create extra floor space
  • Protected strutted vents for continuous ventilation, even during rainstorms
  • Large doors and trapezoidal vestibules
  • Footprint included
Negatives
  • Less headroom

Mountain Hardwear Mineral King 2 Tent

Mountain Hardwear Mineral King Non Toxic Tent
Mineral King Tent Mesh Body

The Mountain Hardwear Mineral King 2 is budget-friendly tent lightweight enough for short backpacking trips, and spacious enough for longer excursions.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 2 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 2
Poles: 2 (Easy setup in less than 10 min.)
Minimum Trail Weight:  6 pounds
Floor Dimensions: 88 x 54 inches (223.52 x 137.16 centimeters)
Vestibule Area: 18.3 square feet (1.7 square meters)
Peak Height: 43 inches (109.22 centimeters)
Material: Polyester
Positive
  • Rectangular design increases internal space
  • Includes footprint
  • DAC Pressfit™ poles
Negatives
  • Rainfly is difficult to tension
  • Needs more ventilation when rainfly is attached
  • Less headroom

REI Co-Op Half Dome Tent

REI Co-op Half Dome Non Toxic Tent
REI Half Dome Tent Mesh Body

The REI Half-Dome backpacking tent is a best-in-class product that checks all the boxes – it’s lightweight with large interior space, superior ventilation and plenty of storage.

FEATURES
Design: Freestanding
Capacity: 3 Person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibule: 2
Poles: 1
Weight: 4 pounds, 13 ounces (~2.1 kilograms)
Peak Height: 44 inches (112 centimeters)
Floor Dimensions: 90 x 78 inches (227 x 198 centimeters)
Vestibule Dimensions: 22.5 square feet (2 square meters)
Material: Nylon
Positive
  • Length of more than 7 feet makes the tent ideal for tall campers
  • Vertical sidewalls and tension-truss system create extra head room
  • Rainfly with adjustable ceiling vents to prevent condensation
  • Large D-shaped doors
  • Footprint included
  • bluesign certified free of toxic chemicals
Negatives
  • Less headroom

Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid

Hyperlite Ultamid 4 Non Toxic Tent
Hyperlite Ultamid 4 Non Toxic Tent

The Hyperlite UltraMid is one of the lightest backpacking tents, at only 1.7 pounds, with a shell made from 100% waterproof Dyneema® composite fabric, a fabric that is stronger and longer lasting that carbon fiber.

FEATURES
Capacity: 2 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibule: 1
Poles: 1
Weight:  1 pound, 7.7 ounces
Peak Height: 5 feet, 4 inches
Floor Dimensions: 83 x 107 inches (211 x 272 centimeters)
Material: Dyneema Composite Fiber (DCF) fabric
Positive
  • Ultralight weight is great for backpackers, cyclists and mountain climbers
  • Rectangular-shaped interior is larger and taller than most ultralight tents
  • Dyneema® Composite Fabric helps repel mosquitoes
  • Dual vents provide superior ventilation
Negatives
  • Cramped for 2 people and gear
  • 1 door
  • Footprint not included

Alpkit Tetri

Tetri Non Toxic Tent

The Alpkit Tetri’s unique geodesic, three-pole design make it sturdy and well-equipped for all types of weather.

FEATURES
Capacity: 2 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 1
Weight: 6.6 pounds (3 kilograms)
Floor Dimensions: 126 x 58 x 43 inches (320 x 149 x 110 centimeters) (L x W x H)
Material: Polyester
Positive
  • Can be used as a tent or as a bivvy shelter
  • Extra large vestibule for storage
  • Positive
  • Guy lines for extra stability
Negatives
  • Feels cramped with two people and gear
  • 1 door
  • Small vestibule for storage
  • Does not include a footprint

Lucky Sheep

lucky sheep organic cotton tent The Best Non Toxic Tents Without Flame Retardants

Lucky Sheep’s organic cotton canvas tent harkens back to old school tents of yore, with breathable, non-toxic fabric coated with beeswax for waterproofing.

FEATURES
Capacity: 2 person
Seasons: 3
Doors / Vestibules: 1
Weight: 6.6 pounds (3 kilograms)
Floor Dimensions: 10 foot diameter
Material: Polyester
Positive
  • Great for chemically sensitive people
  • All biodegradeable materials
  • Conical design helps with rain and wind resistance
  • Excellent ventilation
Negatives
  • Heavy, weighs 25+ pounds
  • Pricey
  • Complex setup compared to similar tents
Non Toxic Camping Gear

Benefits of Sleeping in a Non Toxic Tent

Choosing a non-toxic tent have a number of health and environmental benefits. Here are some key advantages:

  • Reduces Your Exposure to Chemicals: Choosing a non-toxic tent reduces exposure to harmful chemicals, like flame retardant chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As reported by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, VOC compounds are linked with health issues, including breathing difficulties, skin irritation, and effects on the nervous and reproductive systems.
  • Improves Air Quality Inside the Tent: Choosing a non-toxic tent can help you avoid the strong chemical smell that can sometimes happens in tents, called “off-gassing.” This improves the breathability and airflow inside your tent.
  • Minimizes Environmental Effects: Non-toxic tents are constructed with sustainable materials, including recycled polyester and canvas. They also contain as few toxic chemicals as possible, making the manufacturing process less damaging to the soil and groundwater.
  • Increase Your Peace of Mind: Choosing a non-toxic tent demonstrates that you’ve made the decision to prioritize your health and the environment. It’s a real-world step towards a more sustainable camping experience.

History of Fire-Retardant Chemicals in Tents

In 1976, the U.S. government passed the “Toxic Substances Control Act“. Ironically, instead of banning dangerous chemicals as the name would imply, these rules required tents to have special flame retardant chemicals.

The goal was to reduce the chance of tents catching fire and to keep campers safe. This was a big deal at the time because circus tents were covered in paraffin, which is highly flammable.

These fire safety rules, which were helpful about 40 years ago, haven’t really changed over time. It’s a bit like still using a cassette player when everyone’s streaming music on Spotify.

In the past, tents were made from materials that could easily catch fire, but these days, thanks to the progress in material science, tents are much less likely to do so.

Yet, the old safety rules still apply, which means modern tents are often treated with the same fire-resistant chemicals as before.


Why Do Tents Contain Flame-Retardants?

Flame retardants are used to keep combustible materials from spreading. Regulations for these chemicals in tents stretch back to the 1970s, when they were put in place to safeguard fires from paraffin-treated canvas event tents used at circuses and fairs.

However, most people no longer use these type of old fashioned tents. Tent regulations haven’t been revised since the 1990’s, even though outdoor gear technology has evolved significantly.

In addition, flame retardants do not degrade easily, and can persist in the environment for years. These substances can also build up in the biological systems of people and animals over time.


What are the Most Common Types of Flame-Retardant Chemicals?

These come in a large number of variations and are frequently classified according to whether they contain bromine, chlorine, phosphorus, nitrogen, metals, or boron.

  • Brominated FR chemical (BFRs): Often found in electronics, furniture, and building materials. BFRs can cause endocrine disruption and other health effects in humans.
  • Organophosphates FR chemical (OPFRs): Most commonly found in camping tents, long-term exposure to OPFRs can cause a number of health effects, including neurological problems, depression, headaches, diarrhea, and nausea.
  • Tetrabromobisphenol A FR chemical (TBBPAs): Typically used to make computer electronics, TBBPAs can cause toxicity in reproductive organs and the brain, and disruption of the endocrine system.
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers FR chemical (PBDEs): Commonly found in furniture and electronics and easily inhaled in the air and dust. PBDEs may reduce infant birth weight, as well as impact brain development. US manufacturers of these chemicals voluntarily stopped making and importing them in 2004 and 2009. The FDA created a rule in 2012 to completely stop the importation of PBDEs.
  • Hexabromocyclododecane FR chemical (HBCDs): Often found in foam products, HBCDs can have negative reproductive, developmental and neurological health effects in humans.

Health Statistics on Fire Retardant Chemicals

  • According to the non-profit Eco Center, exposure to FR chemicals have been linked to health problems, including neurological, reproductive, and immune system effects.
  • The World Health Organization has identified several flame retardant chemicals, including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), as persistent organic pollutants that can pose a threat to human health and the environment.

2016 Duke University Study on Flame Retardants in Backpacking Tents

In a 2016 report by Duke University, “Characterizing Flame Retardant Applications and Potential Human Exposure in Tents”, scientists revealed that humans interact with significant amounts of flame retardants when they use backpacking tents.

“The researchers tested the air space inside 15 different tents for a set of known flame retardants. Based on their measurements, the researchers estimated that campers sleeping for eight hours inside the tents could potentially inhale compound levels ranging from a few nano-grams per kilogram of bodyweight to 400 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight.”

Genna Gomes, a doctoral student at Duke and principal author of the research paper Characterizing Flame Retardant Applications and Potential Human Exposure in Backpacking Tents, sought to determine if flame retardant chemicals inhaled while camping could be absorbed into the body.

Twenty volunteers were asked to to erect tents made in 2014 and tested to contain organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs). All the tents used in the study fulfilled the CPAI-84 flame resistance standard.

The participants’ hands were swabbed by the researchers before and after they put up the tents, and each swab was analyzed for OPFRs. They evaluated each tent for four different OPFRs before having volunteers put the tents together.

After erecting the tents, the volunteers had significantly more OPFRs on their hands than before, in some instances up to 29 times more of one particular chemical, TDCIPP.

While the quantities of OPFR chemicals found were very small – millionths to hundred-millionths of a gram – consistent exposure can cause these chemicals to accumulate in the body over time.

Children in particular appear to absorb these chemicals more readily because they tend to be more tactile, frequently touching surfaces and other objects.

The study was published in Environmental Science & Technology, “Characterizing Flame Retardant Applications and Potential Human Exposure in Tents.”


Eco-Friendly Certifications

TABLE 1: Certifications

Certification NameKey CriteriaDescription
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)Prohibits the use of certain substances, including chemical flame retardants and limits on the emission of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as a variety of hazardous chemicals, pesticides, phthalates, lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals. Lays out percentage requirements for how much of a product must be certified organic.GOTS is a certification standard for textiles that ensures products are produced without harmful chemicals and with minimal impact on the environment.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100Limits the levels of chemicals allowed in certified products depending on what type of product it is. Certain flame retardant chemicals are not allowed.OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is a certification standard for textiles that ensures products are free of harmful substances and safe for human use.
REACHRequires companies to register and report information on the use of chemicals in their products. Restricts the use of certain hazardous chemicals.REACH is a European Union regulation that aims to protect human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals.
BluesignEnsures that products are produced with minimal impact on people and the environment. Limits the use of harmful substances in production processes4.Bluesign is a certification standard for textiles that ensures products are produced sustainably and with minimal impact on the environment.
GreenGuard GoldLimits emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from products to improve indoor air quality5.GreenGuard Gold is a certification standard for indoor air quality that ensures products emit low levels of harmful chemicals.


Tent Materials, Toxicity and Environmental Impact

TABLE 2: Common Tent Materials, Toxicity and Environmental Impact

MaterialToxicityEnvironmental Impact
PolyesterCan contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates and PFCs used in waterproofing treatments, which can have severe consequences for health and the environment.Polyester is a synthetic material made from petroleum, which is not biodegradable and contributes to pollution. However, some companies are using recycled polyester to reduce environmental impact
NylonCan contain harmful chemicals such as PFCs used in waterproofing treatments.Nylon is a synthetic material made from petroleum, which is not biodegradable and contributes to pollution. However, some companies are using recycled nylon to reduce environmental impact
CanvasCanvas is a natural material made from cotton or hemp, which is less toxic than synthetic materials. However, it can still contain harmful chemicals such as pesticides and fungicides used in farming.Cotton farming requires a lot of water and pesticides, which can have negative environmental impacts. Hemp is more sustainable than cotton because it requires less water and pesticides
Organic CottonOrganic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, making it less toxic than conventional cotton.Cotton farming requires a lot of water and pesticides, which can have negative environmental impacts. However, organic cotton farming is more sustainable than conventional cotton farming because it uses less water and does not use harmful chemicals
HempHemp is a natural material that is less toxic than synthetic materials. It is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, making it more sustainable than conventional cotton.Hemp requires less water and pesticides than cotton, making it more sustainable than cotton
Eco-Friendly AlternativesSome companies are using eco-friendly alternatives such as recycled polyester and nylon, organic cotton, and hemp to reduce environmental impact and toxicity levels.Eco-friendly alternatives are more sustainable than conventional materials because they use fewer resources and do not contain harmful chemicals

2016 Duke University Study on Flame Retardants in Backpacking Tents

A 2016 report conducted by Duke University scientists revealed that humans interact with significant amounts of flame retardants when they use backpacking tents.

Genna Gomes, a doctoral student at Duke and principal author of the research paper Characterizing Flame Retardant Applications and Potential Human Exposure in Backpacking Tents, sought to determine if flame retardant chemicals inhaled while camping could be absorbed into the body.

Twenty volunteers were asked to to erect tents made in 2014 and tested to contain organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs). All the tents used in the study fulfilled the CPAI-84 flame resistance standard.

The participants’ hands were swabbed by the researchers before and after they put up the tents, and each swab was analyzed for OPFRs. They evaluated each tent for four different OPFRs before having volunteers put the tents together.

After erecting the tents, the volunteers had significantly more OPFRs on their hands than before, in some instances up to 29 times more of one particular chemical, TDCIPP.

While the quantities of OPFR chemicals found were very small – millionths to hundred-millionths of a gram – consistent exposure can cause these chemicals to accumulate in the body over time.

Children in particular appear to absorb these chemicals more readily because they tend to be more tactile, frequently touching surfaces and other objects.

“The researchers tested the air space inside 15 different tents for a set of known flame retardants. Based on their measurements, the researchers estimated that campers sleeping for eight hours inside the tents could potentially inhale compound levels ranging from a few nano-grams per kilogram of bodyweight to 400 nanograms per kilogram of bodyweight.”

The study was published in Environmental Science & Technology, “Characterizing Flame Retardant Applications and Potential Human Exposure in Tents.”

Health statistics on fire retardant chemicals

  • Exposure to flame retardant chemicals has been linked to various health problems, including developmental delays, reduced IQ, hormone disruption, and cancer.
  • A review of the scientific literature on flame retardants concluded that they can have “serious environmental and health impacts,” including neurological, reproductive, and immune system effects.
  • The World Health Organization has identified several flame retardant chemicals, including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), as persistent organic pollutants that can pose a threat to human health and the environment.

Non Toxic Tent FAQs

What are the most popular features of the North Face Stormbreak?

According to Reddit users, the best features of the Stormbreak are its durable construction, roomy interior, and easy setup process, with only 2 poles to support the entire shelter.

What are the most common complaints about the North Face Stormbreak?

The most common customer complaints about the Stormbreak 3 person tent are condensation buildup inside the tent, zipper malfunctions, and weight for backpackers who want a truly lightweight option for this tent.

What are the most common complaints about the Big Agnes Bunk House 6P?

Common complaints on about the BA Bunk House are the fact that despite technically being a 6 person tent, it comfortably fits about 4 adults, it has less vestibule space compared to tents like the Marmot Halo, and it’s pricier than similar other options in this capacity range. Also, this tent is heavier and bulkier, making it harder to transport and more time consuming to setup.

What are the most popular features of the Big Agnes Bunk House 6P?

Big Agnes campers love the Bunk House for its spacious layout, fast-fly rainfly that doubles as a shaded enclosure, high peak height of 80 inches, bonus features like a welcome mat and backpacks straps for easier transport.

What are the most common complaints about the North Face Wawona 6?

The customer complaints about the Wawona 6 tent are that the rainfly only partially covers half the tent, which could lead to leaks in rainy weather, the mesh only door between the vestibule and sleeping area doesn’t give campers privacy, the vestibule floor doesn’t have a very thick layer, and the zipper design that is prone to binding with the fabric if unzipped quickly with one hand.

What are the most popular features of the North Face Wawona 6?

Customers love the Wawona 6’s super spacious interior and roomy vestibules – these features add a sense of luxury and comfort because campers can really sprawl out.

Why should you buy a non toxic tent?

The health risk of fire retardants may significantly outweigh the protection they offer. The health effects of these chemicals may include kidney and liver cancers, neurological damage, respiratory illnesses, reproductive toxicity and fetal development.

What are flame-retardants?

The term “flame retardants” , also known as “fr chemicals”, refers to a family of chemicals added to flammable materials to prevent or delay the spread of fire. These chemicals are added to fabric in different parts of the tent, including the rainfly, canopy and floor.

Why are flame retardants dangerous?

The health risk of flame retardants may include kidney and liver cancers, neurological damage, respiratory illnesses, reproductive toxicity and fetal development problems. US states like Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire have started banning specific FR chemicals. Several flame retardants have been completely banned in Europe, and a larger ban of chemicals in the EU was done in 2022.

Which certifications should non-toxic tents have?

Non-toxic tents should have safety and environmental certifications like MADE SAFEForest Stewardship Council CertificationOEKO-TEXEnvironmental Working Group (EWG)bluesignUL GREENGUARD, and Design for the Environment (DfE).

Do flame retardants stop a tent from becoming flammable?

Flame retardants DO NOT stop a tent from becoming flammable. Regardless of whether they have been sprayed with a fire retardant chemical, all tents exposed to an open flame will burn. No such thing as a fireproof tent exists.

What steps are taken to minimize off-gassing from materials used in non-toxic tents?

Off-gassing is the process of releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air from everyday products. To minimize off-gassing from materials used in non-toxic tents, it is recommended to choose materials that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Why do tents have Prop 65 warning?

“Proposition 65”, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a California law that requires a warning on products that contain specific toxic chemicals, like flame retardants. Tents made with fire retardants (which are actually banned in the state of California) are required to have a Prop 65 label.

Are non-toxic tents easy to recycle?

Some tent materials like nylon or polyester can be recycled. However, tents with mixed-materials or silicone may not be recyclable. You also have the option of giving an old tent away to non profits like Tents4Homeless, and Teens to Trails.


Additional Information, Studies, Resources on Non Toxic Tents

  • A Review of a Class of Emerging Contaminants: The Classification, Distribution, Intensity of Consumption, Synthesis Routes, Environmental Effects and Expectation of Pollution Abatement to Organophosphate Flame Retardants (OPFRs)
  • Environmental Working Group (EWG): EWG is a reputable organization that provides research and resources on environmental health, including information on toxic chemicals and their impact on human health and the environment.
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS): NIEHS is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and focuses on researching environmental factors that affect human health. They provide valuable information on the health effects of toxic chemicals, including flame retardants and phthalates.
  • Green Seal: Green Seal is a certification organization that sets environmental standards for various products, including camping gear. Their website provides information on eco-friendly and non-toxic products, including tents.

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The North Face Stormbreak
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The North Face Stormbreak 3 Tent is a 3-season shelter, perfect for both backpacking and car camping. One of the best features of this tent is its lightweight design - it only weighs about 5 lbs! This easy-to-pitch, double-wall tent features no-see-um mesh for cool breathability, two doors and vestibules, and offers excellent airflow and internal space. The tent fabric is made with 68D polyester taffeta for the fly and floor, a 1500mm PU-coating, along with a breathable 75D polyester taffeta canopy. The freestanding structure is supported by two poles for fast, easy setup. Its minimum trail weight is 5lbs. 5 oz., with a fast-pitch option of 4lbs 5oz for lighter travel. The interior dimension are floor width and length of 88 x 65 inches, 46in interior height, and two 10.83 sq ft vestibules for gear storage.

Product Brand: The North Face

Editor's Rating:
4.6

Pros

  • Durability: Users report that the Stormbreak tent is durable and able to withstand various weather conditions, including rain, snow, and wind.
  • Spacious Interior: The tent offers vertical walls inside, providing more space and making it feel roomier, especially when sitting up.
  • Relatively Affordable: Compared to some other options, the Stormbreak is reasonably priced, making it accessible for those on a budget.
  • Easy Maintenance: Users mention that the tent requires minimal maintenance, such as lubricating the zippers, to keep it in good shape.

Cons

  • Limited Vestibule Coverage: The rain fly vestibule doesn't fully cover the ground, leading to rain potentially bouncing up and entering the tent during heavy rainfall.
  • Limited Features: The tent lacks certain features found in higher-end models, such as multiple vestibules, extensive interior storage options, and a footprint included in the purchase.
Big Agnes Bunk House 6P
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The Big Agnes Bunk House 6P is a spacious and versatile three-season tent, ideal for family or group camping adventures. Weighing in at 19 lbs 12 oz, it strikes a balance between portability and space, offering 83 sq ft of floor area and a peak height of 81 inches for ample room and comfort. Its sturdy construction includes a polyester taffeta rainfly and floor with a 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating, ensuring durability and protection against the elements. The tent features two large doors for easy access, complemented by two vestibules for additional storage, including an oversized, pole-supported front vestibule that doubles as an awning for shaded relaxation. Airflow is maximized through the mesh roof and side panels, enhancing ventilation and reducing condensation. For convenience, the tent includes a welcome mat for cleanliness, pre-cut guylines for stability, and multiple interior pockets for organization. Despite its impressive size, the Bunk House 6P remains easy to set up, thanks to color-coded webbing and poles, and offers a Shelter Mode setup option for creating an open-air shelter on sunny days. The tent is also equipped with storm flaps on vestibule zippers for added weather protection and comes with a backpack-style carry bag for transportation and storage. Noteworthy accessories like the Bunk House 6 Footprint and Tarp Poles can be purchased separately to enhance the camping experience.

Product Brand: Big Agnes

Editor's Rating:
4.4

Pros

  • Spacious design, suitable for accommodating tall adults and small children comfortably.
  • Versatile rainfly and poles that double as a shaded enclosure.
  • High peak height (80 inches) providing ample headroom.
  • Additional features like a welcome mat and backpack straps for convenience.

Cons

  • Despite being labeled as a 6-person tent, it may realistically accommodate fewer people comfortably, likely closer to 4 individuals or a couple with small children.
  • Limited vestibule space compared to other tents like the Marmot Halo, which may impact storage options.
  • Potentially higher price point compared to other options, though discounts may be available.
The North Face Wawona 6
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The North Face Wawona 6 is a versatile, 6-person, 3-season tent designed for families and groups seeking outdoor adventures with comfort and ease. Weighing approximately 21 pounds, this spacious tent boasts a peak height of 77 inches, ensuring most campers can stand upright in the center. The Wawona 6 differentiates itself with a large, integrated vestibule, offering 76 square feet of additional storage space, perfect for gear or as an extended living area. The tent's setup is streamlined thanks to color-coded poles and an intuitive clip-in canopy system, with a setup time that can be reduced to about 10 minutes after some practice. Durability is a key focus, featuring upgraded DAC MX tent poles and a robust 150D polyester floor. Comfort is enhanced by large mesh windows for optimal airflow and multiple internal storage pockets for organization. Despite its size, the single-wall design simplifies the setup process, eliminating the need for an additional rainfly. This design, coupled with the tent’s materials, offers solid weather resistance, making it a reliable shelter in various conditions​

Product Brand: The North Face

Editor's Rating:
4.2

Pros

  • Spacious: Can accommodate 2 adults + 2 children or a dog comfortably, or 3-4 adults.
  • Good ventilation: Features large window vents and options for airflow, suitable for warmer weather.
  • Durable materials: Seams, zippers, and poles are sturdy, with no reported issues of leaks, snags, or tears.
  • Large vestibule: Provides extra covered space, useful during rainy weather.
  • Easy setup: Fairly straightforward to set up, especially with two people.
  • Lifetime warranty: The North Face offers a lifetime warranty on their products, allowing for repairs or replacement in case of issues.

Cons

  • Limited insulation: Not suitable for very cold weather or heavy snow, although it can handle temperatures down to freezing.
  • Ventilation issues in hot weather: Airflow may be inadequate during hot summers, requiring additional measures like a battery-powered fan.
  • Design flaw with the fly: The fly only covers half of the tent, potentially leading to issues in heavy rain.
  • Vestibule door design: The opening between the vestibule and sleeping area only has a screen door, lacking privacy and requiring going outside to close outer doors for privacy.
  • Poles may require effort to set up: Some users reported difficulty in inserting poles into the grommets, especially initially.
  • Bulky and heavy: Not suitable for backpacking due to its large size and weight, primarily designed for car camping.
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