In a world where plastic is consuming us, it can sometimes seem impossible to avoid it in our outdoor clothing and equipment. Plastic seems to be hiding in so many products, it’s not always obvious. As attitudes change, brands are making a conscious effort to change their manufacturing processes and produce products that are made from recycled, sustainable or plastic free materials, creating fair working environments and reducing energy usage. We love and appreciate how our favourite outdoor brands are working to create eco-friendly alternatives to the products we all love to use.

We (the Project X Team) are continuously working to become a greener business. We switched from using plastic packaging and bubble wrap to sustainable paper mailing bags, corrugated cardboard and paper tape to reduce our plastic consumption and are working to go completely plastic-free by 2021. The postcards we send out in every order are printed on recycled card. We operate in a paperless office, which also means we are much tidier! And we are constantly on the look out for outdoor clothing and equipment that are sustainably produced, using little to no plastic.

So, we thought we’d introduce some of our favourite eco-friendly outdoor products!

1. Firepot Expedition Meals

Firepot have released a range of expedition meals that come in fully compostable bags. Available in all of your favourite meals, (regular and large) the compostable bags are one of the first bio-degradable options for lightweight expedition meals. No more foil or plastic packets to have to carefully dispose of.

The compostable bag does however mean you cannot cook your meal in the bag. You have to pour into a mess tin, pan, mug or bowl and pour your boiling water over. But personally, we think that’s a pretty small change to make to help reduce our plastic consumption.

We have used these meals for all sorts of different adventures, from taking our Explorer Scouts out on their DofE to backup meals on road trips and everything in between. And the best bit, firepot meals cater for all different dietary requirements, so if you are like George and myself and cannot eat gluten… they’ve got you covered! The hastle of trying to find gluten or dairy free expedition meals is over!

Find out more about Firepot’s sustainability

2. Vango Bamboo Camping Crockery

Gone are the days of disposable or plastic camping crockery. The Vango bamboo range is made from sustainably sourced bamboo creating beautiful plates, bowls and mugs. This bamboo crockery is the perfect addition to the family camping set, for Scout Group equipment or the micro-adventurers pack.

This crockery is not only lightweight and strong, but will also degrade down. So when it comes to the end of its long life and you are in need of new set for your camping kit, you can simply dispose of in the landfill and they will compost down!

3. Craghoppers Corey Half Zip Fleece & Craghoppers Miska Half Zip Fleece

These fleeces are one of the classic Craghoppers products we’ve all owned at one point or other. Here at Project X we pretty much live in these fleeces during the winter… anyone who has been to HQ will know how chilly it can get!

Did you know that craghoppers takes old plastic bottles and recycles them into polyester to make these fleeces? The polyester is produced into a Microfibre fleece, this fleece is lightweight, whilst remaining insulating and toasty warm.

Ideal fleeces for travelling and hiking. They are strong and long lasting, compact and easy to pack, quick drying and always ready to wear.

Find out more about Craghoppers’ sustainability

4. Teko Merino Hiking Socks

Another product that aims to reduce the plastic consumption of the world! Teko produces a range of high-performance socks using sustainably sourced materials that are not only good for the planet but much better for your feet too.

The teko merino hiking socks are designed to give you support and cushioning in all the right places. The merino fibre blends mean these are naturally anti microbial and brilliant at wicking moisture away, keeping your feet lovely and fresh even after hours of hiking.

This is another brand that our team swear by and use on a daily basis! You can guarantee that at least one of use will be wearing teko socks at any one time. The are probably the best hiking socks I have ever used. During a hike, I’m usually the one at the back complaining of blisters and rubbing, but teko socks have that cushioning just right, so I have been blister free since 2014!

Find out more about Teko’s sustainability

5. Vaude Backpacks

Backpacks and rucksacks seem to be manufactured with plastic more than ever, with some of the big brands being the worst for it! Vaude, a German outdoor equipment brand is shaping the way the outdoor equipment industry should be heading. With their green shape label, all of their products are made using less water, less CO2 and fewer chemicals. They work in partnership with their manufacturers to ensure their staff are working in fair conditions and fair wages, whether they are in Germany, Europe or Asia.

Their rucksacks are brilliantly designed and expertly produced. They are easy to care for and built to last. Vaude use an eco-friendly water repellent finish on their backpacks to ensure they and the contents stay dry! 

Find out more about Vaude’s sustainability

That rounds up our favourite eco-friendly products. If there are any you think we’re missing out on, let us know! We are always on the look out for new brands and products to stock.

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