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From clothing using 100% recycled materials to cleaning products that enable you to extend the lifetime of your gear, we bring you a selection of the year’s most environmentally-friendly outdoor products, as chosen by the Trek & Mountain team…
Silva Terra Scout XT
Sturdy and sustainable, the Terra Scout uses recycled plastic materials and a hemp headband to give a carbon footprint reduction of 90% on the previous version. Offering powerful 350-lumen performance in a light, compact package, the Terra Scout features Silva’s Intelligent Light, combining a long-reach spotlight with close-in floodlight, and a battery burn time up to 70 hours. There’s a large on/off button, battery level indicator, red-light night vision mode, IPX5 water resistance and Hybrid technology; compatible with both standard AAA batteries and Silva’s rechargeable Hybrid unit.
More info: www.silvasweden.uk
Designed for everyday adventures, Gregory’s new Rhune daypacks use Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified 100% recycled fabrics. The recycled material reduces the carbon footprint of each new pack by 51% to 57%, depending on the pack size; even the buckles are bluesign-approved. The AirCushion mesh back panel provides unmatched ventilation through its innovative 3D structure comprised of over 90% air, the same now also used in Gregory’s top-of-the-line Baltoro and Deva backpacks. Features include integrated shoulder harness pockets, top zippered pocket, plus laptop and tablet sleeves. Rhune packs are available in 20, 22 and 25 litre capacities.
More info: www.gregorypacks.com
Exped Ultra 3R
Exped’s sleeping mats are now carbon neutral and categorised by insulation value, the R-value, with the new Ultra 3R offering unmatched comfort and warmth at a minimal weight and packed size. Size M (183 x 52x7cm) weighs only 465g and offers an excellent R-Value of 2.9 (temp rated -5°C). All this in the packed size of a half-litre bottle. The bluesign-certified synthetic filling is laminated to both upper and lower sides of the mat, while the recycled 20D ripstop polyester fabric is Oeko-Tex 100 certified and extremely lightweight yet robust. Includes the clever Schnozzel Pumpbag which allows you to inflate the mat quickly while preventing humidity from your breath affecting the insulation; it also doubles as an ultra-lightweight compression stuffsack.
More info: www.exped.com
La Sportiva TX Hike Mid GTX
New for 2022 and made using 65% recycled content, this is a lightweight, flexible walking design. The upper with its 3D Flex System ankle uses an abrasion-resistant recycled mesh with the new bluesign-certified Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining, made with end-of-lifecycle plastics. The laces and Otholite footbed are made using recycled material, while the EVA compression midsole with support for cushioning and stability has 15% recycled content. The Vibram Eco
Step Evo outsole is made using recycled production swarf, featuring a hiking-oriented design.
More info: www.lasportiva.com
SAXX Hot Shot Water Camo Brief
Men’s underwear specialist SAXX has a new collaboration with Plastic Bank, helping stop ocean plastic and improving lives. Plastic Bank works with coastal communities around the world to incentivise local recycling systems. Stopping ocean plastic, while improving the lives of those who help collect it. Over 20,000 collectors across South America, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia have so far recovered nearly 50m kilos of ocean-bound plastic.Buy a SAXX Hot Shot Water Camo brief and you’ll help prevent 50 plastic bottles from entering the ocean. It’s as simple as that. You’ll also be helping yourself as the Hot Shot brief combines Coolcore fabric technology with the patented Ballpark Pouch, ensuring chafe-free support and comfort this summer. Is there anything better than super-soft underwear that feels good and does good? Probably not.
More info: www.saxx.com
Montane Dart T-Shirt
The SS22 Dart T-Shirt range uses 100% APEX ECO (a recycled polyester). To create this fabric, plastic bottles are cleaned, before being chopped and flaked into small pieces, and melted to produce plastic pellets. These pellets are then melted and extruded into yarns; picture melted plastic being pushed through a shower head. Finally, these yarns are dyed to add the colour, and knitted into the Dart base layer fabric. By using recycled plastic bottles in this way, the reliance on finite, unsustainable materials such as oil is reduced, whilst simultaneously helping to reduce plastic waste. A size 10 womens Dart T-Shirt uses 6 plastic bottles, while a size medium mens Dart T-Shirt uses 7 plastic bottles. The overall impact of the SS22 Dart range has saved approximately 532,000 plastic bottles going to landfill. The Dart T Shirt comes in a range of colours, and is treated with Polygiene, a permanent and Bluesign approved odour control treatment for multi-day freshness.
More info: www.montane.com
Klean Kanteen Insulated TKPro
The Insulated 750ml TKPro is the perfect flask to have by your side on picnics, camping or hiking trips. 100% plastic free, the TKPro shows Klean’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. Featuring an integrated double-wall stainless steel cup and 360-degree pour-through functionality, the TKPro features Klean Kanteen’s TK Closure internal thread design which provides cutting edge thermal performance, keeping contents hot for up to 28 hours or iced for up to 90 hours.Perfect for sipping coffee in the park or on your next adventure, the TKPro is your built-to-last solution. Make sure it’s in your bag before any days out, you won’t want to be without it! The TKPro is available in Shale Black, Fairway Green, Tofu or Brushed Stainless.
More info: www.kleankanteen.co.uk
Vango Blade 200
From Vango’s Earth Trek Collection the Blade is made from our Protex Eco Fabric, made from recycled single-use plastic bottles. The super compact, Vango Blade Earth 200 2-man tent has a single pole, making it quick to pitch, and at 1.82kg, is very lightweight. Designed for trekking when the priority is a small pack size and low weight, features include: Inner first pitch design, which is simple and quick to pitch; a 70D 6000mm HH Polyester groundsheet; breathable Polyester inner which allows condensation to pass through, for a comfortable night’s sleep; a part mesh inner door which allows ventilation; a flysheet door vent which opens from the top to ventilate the porch; and a multi-function flysheet door which can be opened from either side, or rolled away completely for an open porch.
More info: www.vango.co.uk
Wearing a Selk’bag is like climbing into a cosy sleeping bag onesie and still being able to move around. It’s a full body sleeping bag with arms and legs. Your own personal duvet onesie. Providing maximum mobility, comfort, versatility and warmth, Selk’bags are ideal for use on camping trips, backpacking adventures, for stargazing and on road trips, as well as for lounging at home. The environmentally sustainable Selk’bag Nomad is made from 100% post-consumer recycled material fibres. 65 discarded plastic bottles are recycled into polyester fibres to produce each wearable sleeping bag, allowing Selk’bag to make a positive step towards a more sustainable system – one that uses fewer resources, discard less, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better protect people’s health.
More info: www.selkbag.co.uk
Grangers Refill Pouches
Grangers have recently added to their refill range with the introduction of Footwear + Gear Cleaner and Footwear Repel Plus. These 275ml pouches entirely refill extending the life of the already 100% recycled bottle. Both these formulations are PFC-free, water-based and bluesign® approved, ensuring environmentally responsibility throughout. These new pouches further enable Grangers to reduce their carbon footprint and contain 74% less plastic packaging than the bottles. Grangers are always looking at ways to extend the life of garments, footwear and their products, understanding the importance that reusing, refilling and repairing have on the environment. #ecograngers
More info: www.grangers.co.uk
Silva Terra Dry Bags
£14.99 – £28.99
Silva’s new Terra dry bags are rugged, waterproof and high-quality, yet their carbon footprint is massively reduced. Terra means Earth, and products labelled Silva Terra have lower environmental footprint. The manufacturing footprint of their 70-denier recycled polyester material (RPET) is 75% lower than producing new PET, requiring 67% less energy and 86% less water during production. The fabric itself is not coloured as the carbon footprint of non-dyed material is 64% lower; minimal coloured text on the bags allows colour coding across the range sizes of 3, 6, 12, 24 and 36 litres. These are dry bags you can rely on both in use, and in their sustainable credentials.
More info: www.silvasweden.uk
Rab Solar Eco 3
Rab has taken everything they know about lower impact design and applied it to what they do best. The Solar Eco synthetic bags for men and women are filled with 100% recycled Stratus™ insulation arranged in a concertina structure to trap warm air, and lined and covered with a tough, 20D, recycled Atmos™ fabric with ripstop. Hardwearing, warm, and dependable, they are perfect for three season climbing trips, mountain bivis, and backpacking adventures. The Solar Eco has an adjustable hood which can be cinched in snug around the face to shut out the chill and an adjustable neck baffle to stop the heat escaping. The ¾ length zip has an additional baffle along its length that acts as an effective draught excluder with an anti-snag zip guard. The wide mummy fit offers space to find your most comfortable sleeping position, with room for extra layers should night-time temperatures plummet.
More info: www.rab.equipment
Nikwax Outdoor Complete Protection Kit
Nikwax has been pioneering environmental care since 1977 and will continue to do so. Our Complete Outdoor Protection Kit is the only kit for thoroughly cleaning, re-waterproofing, and revitalising the breathability of wet weather clothing and footwear. It is easy to use in your washing machine or by hand (depending on product). As an added bonus, no heat activation is needed which saves on tumble dryer usage and it can be applied to wet gear. The kit includes: Nikwax Tech Wash, Nikwax TX.Direct, Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel, Nikwax Fabric and Leather Proof, a footwear brush and a handy 10L dry bag. All Nikwax products are water-based, PFC-free, non-flammable and have never used any harmful aerosols or fluorocarbons.
More info: www.nikwax.com
Vango Zenith 300
Designed for adventure, the Vango Zenith 300 sleeping bag has been created for those who care about the environment, made using recycled Polair Z Eco fabric and lightweight Insulite Helix Eco fill. Travel wherever life takes you and the Zenith will protect you against the cold with its insulated zip baffles and 3D hood to prevent heat loss. The fleece- lined stuffsack offers added comfort and warmth as it can be converted into a pillow. The bag also offers protection from bugs as it features a mosquito net at the head and foot of the bag to ensure a great night’s sleep wherever your adventures take you. The Zenith 300 is Available in 75, 200, 300 and 400 sizes.
More info: www.vango.co.uk
Lowe Alpine Pioneer 26
Now made from recycled polyester and featuring a fluorocarbon-free DWR, the Pioneer 26 litre day pack is based on original Lowe brothers design from the early eighties. The perfect companion whether you’re roaming the mountains or exploring the urban jungle, the Pioneer 26 combines retro styling with urban features. With a zipped ‘bucket’ style opening, an internal organiser with zipped security pocket keeps your valuables in order. An external padded laptop compartment which fits a 15” laptop, external zipped lid and front pockets keep your essential items to hand. Made with tough canvas fabric and featuring leather details, the Pioneer is ideal for commuting, day hikes and urban adventures. The Pioneer 26 features a padded back carry system for a comfortable carry.
More info: www.rab.equipment
Grangers Eco Twin Packs
A bundle of your favourite products – the eco way. Grangers twin packs come in 4 variations – Performance Wash and Clothing Repel, Performance Wash and Performance Repel Plus, Footwear + Gear Cleaner and Footwear Repel Plus, Down Wash and Performance Repel Plus – offering easy solutions to take care of your gear. As well as the 100% recycled bottles and PFC-free, water-based and bluesign® approved formulations, these packs come in an 100% recyclable, cardboard eco sleeve. So, what are you waiting for grab one today! #withgrangersyoucan #ecograngers
More info: www.grangers.co.uk