It’s time to talk about the fun stuff: Gear!
The aim of the Green Adventurer is to become aware of the environmental impact of our gear. However, this does not mean that we are not allowed to enjoy our gear or get excited when companies start showing off their latest collection. It just means that we add sustainability into the decision making process.
So, to get excited about adding sustainability into the mix here are some examples of the awesome things outdoor brands are doing to make their gear more sustainable;
This is a great example of a company which is not just following sustainability standards, but really included sustainability in their DNA right from the start. The list of things they are doing to minimize the environmental impact of their gear is incredible. They are 100% PFC-free, all of their synthetic products are at least 50% recycled polyester, they re-use the scraps which are usually disposed of as lining for the jackets, and they have recently launched biodegradable polyamide shirts which only take about 3 years to break down. That’s right, a shirt with the advantages of synthetic fibers only this one is biodegradable!
In Europe Vaude is more widely known, however, this does not mean that what they do is also widely known. One of the things they are doing really blew my mind; Vaude uses cow milk in their gear! The milk comes from left-over milk which otherwise would have been thrown away due to strict food regulations. This is combined with wool and is made into Qmilk felt which they use in some of their backpacks and shoes. This process does not only save milk from being thrown away, it also saves chemicals that are needed in regular felt making processes.
This is a company dedicated to closing the loops. Their gear is designed with circularity in mind. Pyua only uses polyester fabrics and components, which makes even their multi-layered products 100% recyclable. Additionally, their products are made of recycled material, PFC-free, and made in Europe.
Do you know of any other brands doing awesome stuff? Let me know in the comments!