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Hand Made in Harrogate

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 6th August, 2012

We all know that Rohan shirts last a long time.

Over time they become cherished items, loaded with the memories of the times that they were worn, the holidays they were taken on and the photographs they appeared in.

If you change your mind about the colour or gain a couple of pounds and things don’t fit as well as they used to, you can pass it on or sell your gear through Recycle Outdoor Gear (ROG) or donate it on to a charity shop and let somebody else benefit from the many years of functional use left in the item. One shirt lasting ten years is better for the environment than ten shirts each lasting a season. Sustainability through longevity is very important to us.

There comes a point in every favourite shirt’s life that it just can’t be worn anymore; when it’s got a bit of paint on the sleeve, it’s gone a funny colour from the sun cream, you know the one, an old favourite sitting in the wardrobe waiting for the day that it gets sent sadly to the charity shop to be sold on as rags.


There is another way.

If you bring your old shirt into Rohan Harrogate we can arrange for your shirt to be turned into beautiful bunting by handmadeinharrogate.co.uk, perfect for summer garden parties and used for many years to come. For only £12 it will be turned into 5 metres of lovely shirt bunting keeping as many of the details as we can, collars, pockets, buttons that sort of thing and you buy another favourite Rohan shirt ready to be turned into bunting in another fifteen years, guilt free.

Have a look at Handmade in Harrogate for further information.

See you in Rohan Harrogate soon

Vote – TGO Awards

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 30th July, 2012

The Great Outdoors have announced The Great Outdoors Awards 2012.

Voting is now open. A chance to vote on our best-loved outdoor kit. There are lots of categories http://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/awards/

“an opportunity to celebrate the people places and products that enhance your days in the hills” – TGO

So if you have a favourite piece of kit that genuinely makes a difference to your days out; if you’ve received fantastic service from your local outdoor retailer; or you want to commend a project to protect an area of landscape that’s precious to you – here’s your chance.

The twelve categories are

1. Clothing products of the year

2. Footwear product of the year

3. Camping product of the year

4. Outdoor clothing or equipment innovation of the year.

A winner in each category will be chosen from the products shortlisted by our expert judges. Nominations close on Monday 20th August Full details on this category on

The winners of the eight categories below will be decided by us . The nominations received in each category by will be reviewed by our Editor and a shortlist will be opened to a reader vote on Thursday 13th September.

5. Independent retailer of the year

6. Chain retailer of the year

7. Online retailer of the year

8. Accommodation provider of the year

9. Pub or restaurant of the year

10. Environmental or access initiative of the year

11. Outdoor book of the year

12. Outdoor personality of the year.

Nominate in one or more of the above categories.

Nominations close on Monday 20th August 2012 and voting will open on Thursday 13th September 2012 Full details on all categories and lots of other info The winners of the eight categories below will be decided by you, the readers of TGO. The nominations received in each category by will be reviewed by our Editor and a shortlist will be opened to a reader vote on Thursday 13th September.

Let’s get voting

Please dont forget to check out our buy/sell/donate and swap ad’s on ROG


Submit your own Reuse Symbol

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th July, 2012

Recycling Symbol on Recycle Outdoor Gear

Submit your Reuse Symbol and get your name in the history books.

We are all very used to the recycling symbol universally accepted all over the world and needs very little explanation.

Created in 1969. A recycled paperboard company called The Container Corporation of America which is now part of Smurfit-Stone Container issued a challenge to art and design students across the U.S. to raise awareness of environmental issues. It was won by Gary Anderson, a 23-year-old college student at the University of Southern California, whose entry was the image now known as the universal recycling symbol.

The recycling symbol is in the public domain, and is not a trademark. The Container Corporation of America originally applied for a trademark on the design, but the application was challenged, and the corporation decided to abandon the claim. As such, any one may use or modify the recycling symbol, royalty free.

Read more on the story on the Recycling Symbol

Waste reduction and reuse are just as importation as recycling.

Why no symbol for reuse and reduce? Well very soon there will be.

Earth911 Challenge: Design the Universal Reuse Symbol

Submit a design for reuse from July 18 to August 22 (noon Pacific Time). The Earth911 design team will select designs that will pass to the voting round. From August 23 to September 6 (noon Pacific Time), we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the public in selecting the winner.

Check out some of the designs already submitted. My favourite so far Closing the Loop

So let’s get creative, this is a great opportunity – good luck


Mountain Clean Up

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 25th July, 2012

We published a story on ROG a few weeks ago called Oceans of Litter  with the above photo.

We asked the question what would the board look like after a UK mountain clean up.

Well we may be going to find out.

An initiative to clean up the environment called Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean Up is sponsored by Keen, will take place for the first time in the U.K.  on August 5 in the Peak District.

Participants will help collect rubbish and other waste at the site in Bamford, Hope Valley. After the clean-up there is an invite to choose to take part in a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, canyoning, climbing and caving.

Envirotrek is a three-year-old joint venture between Respect The Mountains and Keen, the U.S.-based footwear producer, with events organized since 2009 across European mountain destinations including Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and France.

More than 500 kg of rubbish was cleared in 445 hours thanks to last year’s Envirotrek actions across Europe.

It’s a great opportunity to take care of the environment while enjoying outdoor activities in nature.

The official retail partner to the inaugural UK Envirotrek is Outside, Hathersage in Derbyshire more information on www.respectthemountains.com to register for a place please contact Keen Footwear

This is really great news we hope it all goes well.



In the spirit of ROG

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 9th July, 2012

I have been spending time with ROG over the last few months. This has been a fantastic learning curve with regard to the whole topic of reusing and recycling used outdoor clothing and equipment.

I am really pleased when we get ads on ROG such as this one:

Why: Well not only is it a very generous act on behalf of the owner. It also has the potential to do so much more.
It could give two young people the joy of using excellent outdoor gear. Giving young people the outdoor experience is a great thing to do, giving them the opportunity to use good gear will enhance their outdoor experience and help ensure their safety in the great outdoors.

On ROG you have the option to donate your used outdoor gear and in doing so to specify who you would like it to go.  It may be a particular charity sector or just like this one, a school or a youth group.

Try your own free ROG ad you can sell, donate or swap your own used gear and you can put your own wanted ad on.

If you have any questions please use the comments below.

Sarah Howcroft founder ROG

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Forest School needs used outdoor gear

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 4th July, 2012

forest ROG Recycle Outdoor Gear

ROG gets regular requests from charities and all sorts of organisations looking for used outdoor gear. This is great and we try and help.

From time to time we like to highlight a request.

This one caught our eye…

Forest School is an innovative approach to learning for all ages in a natural woodland environment

“We are in real need for outdoor clothing for children/young people especially waterproof over trousers and jackets for over coats, children’s fleeces, hats and gloves. We use lots of rope for knot tying and making swings etc, roll mats that we can cut up as kneel mats, old tarps for shelter making, tent pegs, camp fire cooking and lighting stuff such as fire steels, tripods, kelly kettles (big ask but you never know.) We are based in Leigh, Greater Manchester and are happy to collect items locally”.

If this is of any interest please contact them through their ad on ROG or please just add a comment below

Cliffhanger Cancelled

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 25th June, 2012

Cliffhanger 2012 Graves Park

Cliffhanger Cancelled due to the weather

Cliffhanger the UK’s biggest outdoor event for outdoor people is back in Sheffield.

Cliffhanger 7th – 8th July 2012 a two-day extravaganza in Sheffield’s largest green space, Graves Park offers an exciting and invigorating outdoor experience. As well as a new live music stage and camping village, there are four running events – each with a twist.

20,000 visitors are expected over the two days, with something for everybody it’s going to be a great weekend.

If you are going please come and see us at the MYOutdoors Media Centre.

ROG’s founder Sarah Howcroft will be there on Saturday and would love to catch up.

Send us a tweet if you are at the show.



We have some new ROG posters.

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 20th June, 2012

Can you display a ROG Poster?

We have some new posters. If you can it would be a great help in getting the word out.

We now have a number of posters available to help spread the ROG word.

The size of the poster is A4. If we haven’t got a poster suitable we will create one specially for you. Just as.

If you would like to download the poster just send us an email, a Tweet or Facebook and it will be on its way to you.

To our growing numbers of ROG France members mais oui. Les affiches seront disponibles en français.

We really value feedback. So please keep us in the loop, if you have an ideas how we can improve ROG or anything you find not easy to use on the website please let us know.

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Berghaus puts best foot forward to support ROG

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 8th June, 2012

Berghaus footwear mountain

Berghaus has stepped up to give its support to the Recycle Outdoor Gear (ROG) initiative.

The company recently encouraged consumers to bring old boots and shoes into its stores by offering a special discount off new footwear.  The returned products were then donated to a charity for re-use or recycling.  Berghaus stores in London, Bristol, Manchester and Gateshead all participated in the promotion, which resulted in a significant footwear ‘mountain’.

Launched in 2011 by Sarah Howcroft, co-founder of Rohan, ROG is a sustainability initiative that is promoting and facilitating the re-use of used outdoor gear in the UK.  It is a free service that is hosted on www.recycleoutdoorgear.com and is available to all brands and retailers in the country. ROG is being supported by many of the UK’s leading outdoor companies and is also backed by the Outdoor Industries Association.

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Oceans of Litter

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 7th June, 2012

Marine Trash Beach Collection

Walking along a beach in The Burren a few weeks ago I came across the above.

A striking example of the amazing array of litter found on the shore. The banner had been created after a beach clean up.

This was only a very tiny selection, what you don’t see in the photo is the mound of litter awaiting collection.

I pondered on beach litter during my walk and arrived at this question.

If we did a clean up of our popular mountain areas what would the photo look like?

Maybe it has already been done if you have any photos please share them.

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