RIDING THE GREEN WAVE: OUR FAVOURITE SUSTAINABLE BRANDS


The outdoors is everything to us. It's our escape, it's where we play - and it needs our help. We all want to do our bit to protect the environment for future generations, and the best place to start is with better, more sustainable choices in clothing. To help you do that, here's our pick of the brands we work with doing their bit for the planet, with sustainable products and some serious charity credentials, too.

Patagonia

If you ask someone to name a sustainable brand, chances are they’ll say Patagonia. The trailblazers of the values-led business model have one simple mission: “We’re in business to save our home planet”, and this is realised by core values of producing the best products, causing no harm and using business to protect nature. The result? Good-looking, quality gear that’s built to last and has the smallest possible environmental footprint. But it doesn’t stop there. Patagonia's Worn Wear scheme for recycling old garments, support for grassroots climate action and self-imposed "1% Earth tax" are just some of the non-commercial ways they live up to their name, The Activist Company, and set the bar high for all would-be sustainable businesses.

Tentree

Snow+Rock newbies Tentree mean business when it comes to saving the planet. Planting ten trees for every item sold, the ultimate goal is to plant 1 billion trees by 2030, meaning when you buy their stuff, you’ve also some serious good for Mother Nature. Committed to using the most sustainable and ethically-sourced materials in every piece and setting an industry standard along the way, Tentree’s eco-friendly pieces are also comfortable, soft and durable to boot.

Icebreaker

Scandi-cool and setting the standard for base layers, Icebreaker is known for minimal style and serious performance. But Icebreaker gear does a lot more than keep you warm in the mountains (although it does that, too). Pioneering the concept of performance from nature, rooted in its beloved merino wool, Icebreaker’s design principles are focused around creating timeless, versatile and long-lasting garments that will remain in your wardrobe for seasons to come. They believe in the power of natural alternatives to synthetic materials, and using renewable materials like wool for a more sustainable future.

Fjӓllrӓven

Inspired by the environment and passionate about protecting it, Fjӓllrӓven’s rugged and timeless designs are instantly recognisable and loved the world over. Fjӓllrӓven is probably best known for its innovative and adaptable G-1000® fabric, a hardwearing blend of polyester and cotton which can be adapted and life-extended almost indefinitely with the brand’s own Greenland Wax, but that’s not all. Fjӓllrӓven is always looking for new ways to reduce its environmental impact; from its innovative, PFC-free Eco-Shell fabric to its highly ethical and fully traceable Down-sourcing programme.

Osprey

The new Archeon and Arcane packs from Osprey welcome a new era of planet-loving packs. 100% recycled fabrics and a PFC-free DWR coating are sustainable upgrades to the hardwearing Osprey fabrics we all love, while metal componentry ensures a long life on the trails. All this combined with the usual high-spec Osprey credentials – close-fitting adjustable back system and all the straps, pockets and attachments you could wish for – make for a serious pack that does good, too.

Hydro Flask

Reusable bottles are top of every eco-warrior’s list of their favourite kit, and a trip to the mountains often isn’t complete without seeing a brightly coloured Hydro Flash in someone’s hands. Cold water for up to 24 hours, and hot drinks for up to 12, it’s your companion for that all-important warmth and hydration on the mountains.

 

Hydro Flask's bottles are BPA-free and 100% recyclable, and the brand supports charitable organisations through its grant-giving programme, Parks For All, which supports the development, maintenance and accessibility of public green spaces around the world. So far, over $1.5 million have been donated, along with 26,000 bottles across 92 non-profits. We think that's pretty cool.

Jack Wolfskin

Jack Wolfskin is committed to more sustainable products and processes. They’ve been awarded leader status by the Fair Wear Foundation, the highest possible accolade, and have set a goal of obtaining 100% of their fabrics, and 75% of their components, from bluesign®-certified manufacturers by 2020. And they don’t stop there. Jack Wolfskin is also dedicated to recycling wherever possible, taking plastic bottles out of our environment and turning them back into garments; their Texapore Ecosphere jacket features a 100% recycled membrane, made from production scraps, and an outer shell made from 100% recycled PET bottles.

Scarpa

Pioneers of the vegan climbing shoes, and proudly offering a resole service here in the UK and in their homeland of Italy, Scarpa are leading the way on keeping shoes on your feet - and out of landfill.