This Year’s Most Sustainable Gear

The environment all too often pays the price for high-performing gear. But these 10 products save waste from landfills, ditch harmful chemicals, and allow you to adventure guilt-free.
By Kassondra Cloos ,

1. Edelrid Swift Eco 8.9mm Rope

Edelrid nixes harmful fluorinated chemicals with the Swift Eco rope—the first ever to be dry-treated with PFC-free chemicals. Like the older Boa Eco, the rope is also 100-percent upcycled, made from scrap yarns from other Edelrid ropes. $250, edelrid.com

2. Sublime Climbing Premium Boar’s Hair Climbing Brush

Keep flimsy tooth-brushes out of the landfill with Sublime Climbing’s Premium Boar’s Hair Climbing Brush. With 14,000 bristles and a hollow, sturdy plastic handle with a compartment to stash cash, Sublime guarantees it’ll last you at least a year. Bonus: the black brushes are made from 100 percent recycled plastic. $15, sublimeclimbing.com

3. BUFF Multi-Functional Headwear made with REPREVE

Humans use a million plastic bottles every minute of every day. But REPREVE is working to repurpose all that plastic waste by giving it a new life as recycled polyester. BUFF is moving toward making all of its signature Multi-Functional Headwear from REPREVE—and is helping its partner brand meet its goal to recycle 20 billion bottles by 2020. They’re already halfway there. $20, buffusa.com

4. Adidas Terrex Two Parley

Arriving this fall, the Terrex Two Parley trail runner features an upper made with knit plastic that fits like a sock—and is sourced from beachfront litter. Adidas cleans up coastlines worldwide in collaboration with ocean defender, Parley for the Oceans. $140, adidasoutdoor.com

5. Guppyfriend Washing Bag

Polyester isn’t perfect. When you wash your cozy fleeces, microfibers sneak through your washing machine and end up in the ocean. We still don’t fully understand the problem—or how to change fleece to prevent it—but the Guppyfriend Washing Bag offers a temporary solution. This mesh bag traps microfibers from getting into the water so you can toss them in the trash before they end up down the drain. $30, guppyfriend.com

6. Marmot Phoenix Jacket

Conserve water with Marmot's EVODry Phoenix Jacket. Each jacket saves 1.5 gallons thanks to a process that reduces the use of dyes by 85 percent. Bonus: it shatters performance norms for PFC-free waterproof breathables. The DWR treatment is bonded to the fabric at the molecular level so it'll never wash out or need reapplication. $175, marmot.com

7. Zeal Optics Windsor

Zeal Optics’ plant-based Z-Resin frames are made from castor beans, far more sustainable than the plastic sunnies you’re likely already sporting. ProFlex Rubber on the nose and temples helps keep them secure on the trail. $150, zealoptics.com

8. Mythos Eco Climbing Shoes

La Sportiva’s new Mythos Eco takes scrap rubber from its factory floor and uses it in the sole of its revamped cult-classic. The climbing giant doesn’t stop there. It also uses 95 percent recycled materials for everything from its tongue and padding to the webbing and lace. Climb on eco-warrior. $155, sportiva.com

9. Cotopaxi Libre Sweater

You don’t need to wash this sweater. Seriously, the tag on the llama wool Libre all but forbids it. Llama wool fibers resist stink so you can save tons of water over the garment’s lifetime by just airing it out between wearings. A perforated back panel keeps you cool while hiking or climbing with a pack. $140, cotopaxi.com

10. Mountain Designs Hotaka Hooded

This packable puffy is insulated with ECO Down, a combination of 70 percent responsibly-sourced down and 30 percent recycled coffee bean fiber. The coffee beans aren’t just a feel-good eco addition, though—coffee naturally repels moisture and odors. $300, mountaindesigns.com

Stay dry in the wettest conditions with Marmot’s EVODry – rainwear reinvented at the molecular level. www.rei.com

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