With our environment changing at a super-quick rate on a global scale, it’s important to know that even small choices can have a big impact when you’re spending time outdoors. To illustrate this, I recently went into our ever-growing inventory and found some products* that got me stoked on reducing my personal adventure footprint, asked some of our staff what some of their favorite sustainable products were, and I listened to some of our customer’s sustainablity sentiments too.
*This is not the entirety of the sustainable products we carry, just a few items I thought were particularly rad.
A Bio-White Gas.
For those of you using their beloved white gas stoves for camping, this is your renewable fuel solution. There’s no compromise in performance, AND it’s compatible with all liquid fuel stoves. It has the same energy density, identical cold weather performance, and, here’s a sweet perk, it even has superior ignition compared to petroleum-based white gas!
It’s made in the good ole U.S of A from vegetable and agricultural oil waste, resulting in a 50% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions during manufacture. Foothill Fuels field tested their product rigorously, and I’ll call using it a win for adventure footprint reduction. Foothill Fuels – 1, White Gas – 0.
The sustainable alternative to plastic wrap for food storage.
Look, we’ve all been there. Food sacks on trips filled with trash and plastic, partially tied and twisted messes on the trail—how about the avalanche of Tupperware when you open the kitchen cabinet? Enough is enough. Bees Wrap is for bread, cheese, fruit, veggies and even seals the top of a bowl of leftovers. It’s made of organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. Bees Wrap is locally made since 2012 in Middlebury, VT.
Speaking of food on the trail, the Stasher is a 100% pure platinum silicone pouch. You can use it for food you can use it for your phone, or organizing. It’s endlessly reusable, and you can write on it. So say goodbye to zip-lock baggies! Pair this with the Bees Wrap and your food organization in the outdoors will be vastly more friendly to the outdoors.
Another new solar product from the folks over at MPOWERD. All of their light sources are awesome for camping, travels, or working in the crawl space at home. Totally solar, totally awesome, totally illuminating.
This lantern in particular is MPOWERD‘s toughest, longest-lasting light they have ever made. It’s got all the bells and whistles: USB ports, 150 lumens of power, various light settings, and waterproofing. Our head of camping and veteran OGExpert Chris Reamer says:
“No worries about batteries, just throw it on your dashboard on the way to the campsite or clip it on to your pack—you’re all set.”
Manufactured with care, Glerups uses 100% pure and natural sheep’s wool for all of their footwear. The wool is naturally processed, and it’s meticulously followed from farm to foot. The calfskin on the soles is semi-vegetable-tanned, a process that’s free from the toxic chemicals typically used when tanning leather. Let a happy customer let you know why they gave them 5 stars:
“I was skeptical about buying such high priced slippers, but these really are worth every penny. The wool keeps your feet very warm but never hot and sticky. The soft leather sole means you can pull your feet onto the couch and it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing shoes in the house. I’ve had mine for three winters now, use them every day and they’re not showing any signs of wearing out.”
— Anna, VT
With the Lamina Eco AF, Mountain Hardwear set out to prove that sustainability is about opportunity, not sacrifice. Yeah, a white sleeping bag might get dirty really fast, but this is about reducing your footprint outdoors, not who has the cleanest sleeping bag. The reason the Lamina Eco is white is because the recycled shell and lining is undyed—which means no color, which means no water usage. Their eco-friendly design means every detail is earth-friendly. The fabric, insulation, trims, storage, and compression sack are all made from 70% recycled material. Plus, this bag’s insulation is synthetic, meaning none of our feathered friends were harmed to make it!
The true beauty of it all? It’s rated for 15 degrees and weighs in at only 2 lbs 6 ounces—one of the lightest synthetic sleeping bags we carry. A 15 degree bag is super-useful in a variety of temperatures, and not just cold ones, either. Our head of camping, Chris Reamer, says that Lamina Eco AF 15° is the ideal weight for a well-priced bag that you can take on most of your adventures.
The whole crux of this is that it’s hard to fight a global problem like climate change by yourself—it’s big, and our actions can seem small. But when it comes to our natural environment and our enjoyment of it, enough people doing these small things and being more conscientious does matter. Biking to work, carpooling, recycling our gear on consignment, repairing our gear to give it extra life, or using any of these products—they’re all ways to be act sustainably without sacrificing big parts of your preferred outdoor lifestyle.
If you have anything to add, or you’re hyped on some sustainable products yourself, shoot us a DM, hit us on Facebook or email us. We are all together in this. See yah outside!