Preparing for outdoor products that will take the risk of outback use, and are gentler on Mother Earth, is easier than ever. New and advanced technology Recycling Initiatives have made top-of-the-line environmental equipment more available and affordable. These new offerings are designed to match or exceed standard quality (read: not eco-friendly camping gear). Pack a kit to make the miles — and comfort — with new materials and production methods that are easy to walk on Mother Earth. Here are our top picks for eco-friendly camping gear.
1. Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 MtnGlo
Yes, non-woven tents can also be eco-friendly. The Big Agnes Solution Dye range uses produced fabrics with 50 percent less water and an 80 percent reduction in total energy and chemical use, yet retains excellent UV protection. This tent ups the ante with the integrated Lighting valve Shining Chemical and elevated storage inside a 2-pound, 5-ounce package.
2. Mountain Hardware Lamina Eco AF
This sleeping bag line removes manufacturing dyes to produce bone white bags that regress from the use of water and chemicals. It’s also made from completely recycled components: the shell and lining are 100 percent; Insulation is 70 percent (available in grade 30 or 15). Even the lid’s low drawstring lock is made entirely of recycled ocean plastic.
[From $240; mountainhardwear.com]
3. Solite Solar Lanterns
Solar powered LED lights are a logical choice for lighting your sustainable camping site. Inspired by the origami folds that fold flat for packaging, these light-resistant and water-resistant lanterns are made from recyclable and biodegradable fabric that holds up to the max. It floats too! Choose from QWNN star shaped or one of the cool foldable blocks.
[From $20; solight-design.com]
4. Prometheus Design Werx Ti-Line MFSS
The featherweight titanium single burner runs on several non-petroleum fuels such as forage-fed biomass, alcohol (even Everclear!), or common fuel discs that must be removed Fossil fuels From the equation of heat and eating. And unlike similar pocket stoves, it features a double-wall construction to improve airflow during biomass burns.
5. Osprey Talon 44
This bundle sets a precedent for a new product: it’s made of high-strength recycled nylon and coated with PFC-free, DWR approved by Bluesign. This lightweight package still boasts legendary Osprey comfort, dialed in with injection-molded (to approximate zero) plastic wasteA foam back panel pairs with a comfortable BioStretch strap.
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