CHOOSING SUSTAINABLE OUTDOOR GEAR

“What is the use of a tent if you have no decent planet to put it on.”- Henry David Thoreau

Hiking or camping can be a tough job and requires a lot of preparation and safety gear. However, compromising the environment just for the sake of safety is no reasonable excuse. Everything we use, from our clothing, tents, gloves to our watches and ropes leave a footprint on the earth. This footprint is mostly a scar, that slowly damages the Earth.

Investing in sustainable outdoor gear can leave you ethically satisfied as well as safe outdoors. To do that, you have to make informed decisions.

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a sustainable outdoor gear:

Animal Welfare:

Animal-derived products are popular among outdoor lovers as they are sturdy and durable. However, artificial products can be just as resilient as well as cruelty-free. If you have to use an animal-derived product, at least make sure the animals were well-treated. While buying products, be sure to check the standards it follows. Examples of some animal-friendly standards are below:

  • Responsible Down Standard (RDS)
  • Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
  • Leather Working Group (LWG)
  • Vegan and organic

Recycled Materials:

Polyester is a recycling success story, where useless plastic bottles were used to make polyester clothes. Polyester is one of the most popular products ranging from base layers in outer wears and tents to backpacks and even ropes. Further, it is wind, water, and environmental resistant which makes it appropriate for camping or hiking.

Another recyclable fabric is Nylon. It is used in fabrics, parachutes, tents, and ropes. It has overtaken most of the cotton and wool industry due to its durability.

Recycling materials require less energy than creating new products from scratch. They require less raw materials. When these plastic fabrics are made from recycled material, they also cut down on waste plastic in the environment.

Repair Your Gear:

When a product starts malfunctioning or becomes worn out due to constant contact with the elements, you might think about ditching it and buying a new one. However, it’s better to fix it or get it fixed by a professional. The more your product lasts, the less you will have to buy new ones. It helps you in becoming sustainable on a personal level. However, it is even better to take care of it from the beginning to ensure that no harm comes to the product and that there is no need for a replacement. Read and follow all care instructions and look for products that come with a repair kit.

Buy Versatile-Use Gear:

Buying ten different products means ten more chances of destroying the environment. A lot of gear is available that is versatile and can be used for multiple uses. One such gear would be paracord watches. You can buy one online or use a guide like the one Himalayan Experience. Paracord watches are light, fashionable, yet rugged at the same time. A paracord watch comes with all life-saving accessories such as flashlight, compass, whistle, and stopwatch. The paracord itself can be used for multiple uses such as Firestarter flint, thefishingline as well as first aid equipment for tying tourniquets and slings. All in all, they can be lifesaver in an emergency situation.

In addition, they are shock resistant and waterproofed to withstand any wear and tear that comes with the outdoors. They are also available in multiple colors. The website features a complete buyer’s guide, where they discuss the watch’s feature in detail. These watches support a sustainable outdoor lifestyle by being durable and being animal-friendly.

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