For those who’ve stuck with us for a while, you know that our gear is made for hikers, BY hikers. However, it’s not that simple. As avid outdoor enthusiasts, we truly cherish all of its natural benefits and are committed to doing everything possible to support conservation efforts. We feel that since our products make enjoying the outdoors that much more enjoyable, it’s the least we can do. The best part? We know we’re not alone.
Our use of REPREVE recycled fabric in our manufacturing process is just one way we remain eco-friendly. Taking this environmental stance in the warehouse, behind closed doors, is the best way to put your money where your mouth is. For those of you who’ve supported us in this journey thus far, we thank you! Now, we’d like to shed some light on a couple other outdoor brands leading by example when it comes to sustainable manufacturing who also deserve your support.
From their beautiful array of bags to their hip packs and duffels, Cotopaxi make quality packs and clothing that do right by the planet as well. A Certified B Corporation, their (Re)Purpose collection utilizes completely recycled deadstock and leftover fabric. All of their factories are third party audited with published records of their code of conduct and yearly impact reports. While also being Members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, they also offer lifetime repairs and replacements making for less waste in landfills.
The brand that’s got your whole campsite covered when it comes to assets and amenities - NEMO really does it all. Their sleeping bags use 100% Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified down, and their tents use silicone PFOA-free and chemical-free finishes (compared to polyurethane based finishes) which also dramatically extends product life. Their mantra is to create as little waste as possible while providing travelers with an all-around quality camp experience, aiming for transparency and traceability in their supply chain.
La Sportiva walks the walk - literally. They’re a top dog when it comes to outdoor footwear, from hiking boots to climbing shoes and more. Their materials are Bluesign Approved, meaning harmful substances are eliminated at each step in the manufacturing process for worker and customer safety. They’re also shooting to go completely PFC-free in the near future, and to top it off, their factory uses 100% renewable energy! Needless to say, this is a step in the right direction.
By no means a small name, Patagonia recognizes the size and scope of their customer base and matches their environmental efforts with their demand. They’ve got a Fair Trade Certification, their Black Hole Bag line is made using 100% recycled polyester and their down is RDS certified. On top of regularly audited factories, you can stay up to date on their eco-friendly processes via The Footprint Chronicles. Feeling an itch to give back? Patagonia Action Works is an awesome platform that helps direct you to local environmental efforts and volunteer opportunities near you. Patagonia are truly one of the leading stewards in eco-friendly manufacturing and community engagement.
Stocked on accessories galore, Rumpl has you covered when it comes to cozy camp blankets, pillows, ponchos and even dog beds. Their gear is made with recycled ripstop polyester, meaning it’s super durable. They’re Climate Neutral Certified and use humanely and ethically sourced down, but are always striving to implement even more recycled materials in their product. Our favorite pick from them is anything from their Original Puffy Blanket line, born from their “bottle to blanket” initiative which was made from millions of repurposed plastic water bottles!
With this haul, you're sure to be stocked for the outdoor adventure of a lifetime, all while minimizing your carbon footprint. However, we can't let you forget to nab a shirt or two from our store before we shut down to catch up on orders on November 15th! We'll reopen on New Years, but be sure to stock up for all your adventure and gift giving needs.