Can you help a youth theatre group that need gear please?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 29th July, 2013

Big Top circus tent

A youth theatre group working with young people in North Derbyshire is looking for the following gear for their Theatre in the Woods summer school which starts on 21st August 2013

The list:
Small jackets and trousers for the kids
Adult size outdoor gear for five adults
A gazebo type structure
3 day pack sized rucksacks and 2 full-sized
A bum bag for first aid kit in
Large plastic boxes to store all the gear in.

If you are in the Sheffield/North Derbyshire area and could help please let us know and we will put you in contact

Can you help us complete the set please?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 16th July, 2013


From time to time we get some interesting challenges on ROG.
Can you hep us with this one please?

If you can let us know in the comments below or contact us direct

Any help really appreciated.

This is the original request that came into ROG:

I would like to place a wanted ad for a particular knife/fork/spoon set to match one that my wife bought from a shop in London in 1976. I have the manufacturer and can describe the set in words but can I send a drawing or photo to describe it in more detail? What is the best way of tracking down such an item?
We have just lost the knife, which holds the three pieces together as a set. It is no use without the knife and it has sentimental value.


We asked for more details:

Thanks so much for offering to help with my search. I have attached a photo of the spoon and fork. I have also attached a drawing of the missing knife. The spoon and fork slide up into the knife and are held by friction. It is a great piece of “classic”design even if it is a bit impractical owing to the weight. The knife is very effective as a cutting tool though.

The manufacturer was Hurcules, a Brazilian company that still exists but has been taken over by Mundial. The set was purchased in 1976 from a camping supply store in London, probably ‘Pindisports’ in High Holborn.


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Recycled truck tarpaulin in to bags and maybe jackets

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 10th July, 2013

M-24 was founded by Mat Dusting, a young industrial product designer with a passion for winter sports. Over the years Mat found many of his bags broke because he overfilled them or loaded them with sharp-edged objects, like skis or snowboards. Even while at university, he found many bags broke because they were knocked or caught on sharp corners. Frustrated with having to buy a new bag every year, Mat decided to design his own.

M24 bags are designed from recycled truck tarpaulin. Each bag is unique because of the variety of lorry curtains (truck tarps) collected. So the product range is constantly changing

For the last 6 months they have been wondering if it was possible to design waterproof clothing from recycled truck tarp. Recently, fashion student Kate from UWE Bristol created the world’s first suit jacket made from recycled truck tarp. The truck tarp suit jacket could be the first stepping stone towards creating a small collection of M-24 waterproof jackets. They would love to get your feed back  feedback or if you have any suggestions?

For all the latest news and updates please visit M-24 


Re-Cycle bikes to Africa

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 6th July, 2013

bike recycle to africa

Stop Press:
Take your unwanted bikes into your local Halfords store between 11th and 16th July 2013.
Not only will you get 10% off a brand new bike, but your old bike will go to a good cause too, Halfords have partnered with Re~Cycle – a charity see the story below…

The great thing about being responsible for ROG is that you get to hear about some great services and initiatives going on to reuse and recycle outdoor gear. I recently came across a charity located in Colchester, Essex. Re~Cycle recycles unwanted bikes and sends the usable bikes for reuse in Africa. It’s a great service. They are always on the look out for unwanted bikes, volunteers, donations, and gifts-in-kind, like storage, haulage and shipping. Please read on…

Take an unwanted bike from the UK, ship it to a country where it is really needed and teach the local people the skills to fix and maintain it” Merlin Matthews, Founder ~ Re~Cycle ~ Bicycle Aid for Africa

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Old Crocs never die

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 2nd July, 2013

reuse crocs

What can I do with my Crocs when they are no longer wearable?

The other day I realised that my well-worn Crocs had actually worn out. They have been fantastic. The sole had all but disappeared.

What could I do with my Crocs.

Can I recycle them?

I asked the company.

This was the reply…

“We are currently working on a recycling program that will ensure a better use of worn Crocs™ shoes. In the meantime we don’t advise that any Crocs™ shoes to be placed in designated recycle for ‘plastic’ containers, as Crocs™ patented Croslite™ material is not a plastic”

OK I had to be creative. I was sitting on the house step looking at my plants with my Crocs right next to a plant pot. That’s when it struck me.

Crocs make ideal planters with an added benefit they will go on and on season after season as home for flowers.

They are located  in a sheltered spot so I might see if they can delight the eye for all four seasons.

Job done.

Read more on Crocs Sustainability Report

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Made by the sea

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 24th June, 2013

Wyatt&Jack Bag called The Doris

‘would you just take those old sun beds to the scrap yard please’

And so it began, on the Isle of Wight…

3 years later and Wyatt&Jack have rescued over 3 tonnes of material from landfill and now use material from beaches across the UK.

The beach concessionaires are pleased to see them. The climate is changing and our beach seasons are getting shorter

In addition, in the past, they would pay to have their old chairs disposed of [in ways that are not environmentally friendly]- now Wyatt&Jack  pick it up and pay them a decent price. Its a complete circle with a very tight supply chain.

They now even have a UK based artist making sculptures from our left over wooden chair frames- perfect!

All Wyatt&Jack bags are limited editions, the maximum of any one colour way will only ever be 12.

Many of them are entirely one-off pieces made with fabric from as far back as the 50s that will never be repeated.

To us manufacturing in Britain is obvious. Its in our heritage. As are our materials. We are made by the sea – Wyatt&Jack upcycled vintage deckchair & beach material bags all sourced and sewn in Britain.


Wyatt&Jack Bag call The Frank Upcycling at its best

Gift Your Gear Supports 50 UK Charities

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 22nd June, 2013

Gift Your Gear Supports 50 UK Charities

Gift Your Gear has led a nationwide initiative to help 50 different UK charities that focus on working with young people stay safe, warm and dry in the great outdoors.

With the help of outdoor equipment companies from across the UK, Gift Your Gear has been encouraging people to donate any outdoor gear they no longer use. The reusable outdoor gear was then donated to charities who work with young people in the outdoors. These generous donations enabled others to benefit from the life changing experiences outdoor adventures can create, regardless of their circumstances.

The most recent Gift Your Gear event partnered with Rohan, the award winning outdoor and travel clothing company. The month long event yielded a whopping 6,000 items of used outdoor gear, most of the gear was donated via the 60 Rohan Shops in the UK.

The 50 charities have made very good use of the outdoor jackets, waterproofs, fleeces, walking trousers, boots, gloves and hats that they received. Priority was given to organisations that have, or intended to establish, an outdoor equipment gear pool. This was done in order to ensure that the maximum number of people benefit from the donated gear for the longest time.

Sarah Howcroft, founder of Gift Your Gear, stresses the importance of the reuse of outdoor gear. She says, “If an outdoor jacket is worn for a couple of years and then ends up forgotten in the back of a wardrobe, its full potential is never reached. Most outdoor gear will last much longer than people want or need it to. If that jacket is donated through Gift Your Gear to a local community organisation, youth group or charity that works in the outdoors, not only is the useful life of the jacket extended, but another person gets to experience the joy of good gear as well.”

Find all of your unwanted outdoor gear and get it ready for the next Gift Your Gear.

Gift Your Gear invites any charities working with young people in the outdoors to contact them.

Recycle Week and the Outdoors

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 17th June, 2013

Recycle Outdoor Gear

Recycle Week is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

Taking place from 17-23 June, the week has an overarching theme of ‘Recycling – at home and away’ and will focus on metals, plastics, packaging, textiles and food waste.

There is lots of information on what is happening in your area on this link including a great explanation on those confusing packaging symbols

Whilst ROG  is all about reusing outdoor gear we do have stories on recycling on ROGBlog.

Often Reuse and Recycling are considered to be the same thing.

If you put a reusable shirt or pair of trousers into a textile bin are you reusing or recycling?

We have these two explanations in our Glossary

Reuse – The act of using again. Means what it says. Reusing a product delivers a far greatest gain for the environment than recycling that product until it has reached the end of its life. Ebay and Gumtree have done much to develop reuse in outdoor gear.

Recycle – To put or pass through a cycle again, as for further treatment.

We do need more stories from organisations that produce products for use in the outdoors or working in the outdoors on what they are up to with regard to both recycling and reuse. If you come across any please let us know in the comments below





Tent Recycling, Sheep and The Lookerers

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 10th June, 2013

The Lookerers Cloak

The Lookerers Cloak – Nazare Soares the photographer

What do sheep, volunteer shepherds and old tents have in common?

Answer: The Lookerers Cloak and one very innovate person.

We get lots of enquiries about what to do with tents that are either no longer usable our no longer needed.

The latter usually find new homes on ROG. The former is another matter.

We have had enquiries for sustainable solutions for tents abandoned at the end of festivals and gatherings.

Some of these involve container loads of reusable tents!

We are always very interested when we see that somebody is actually interested in tents that are no longer usable.

Such was the case with the following story…

Maria Eva Russo has designed a garment specially for a community of modern shepherds of Brighton and Hove.

The Lookerers Cloak represents past and present using local wool and a reclaimed tent; applying traditional and modern-day skills.

Read  Maria’s story

Please let us know if you come across any reuse projects for tents and we will add it to our other stories on tent recycling and  reuse




It is World Oceans Day on 8th June

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 6th June, 2013

World Ocean Day Beach Plastic

June 8th is World Oceans Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because chances are it’s so mundane you don’t even notice it. Look around you right now: how much plastic do you see?

The ocean is downstream from all of us so no matter where we live, so we can all help address the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean. Each year a huge amount of plastic eventually makes it into coastal waters and harms ocean life. Many animals such as seabirds, sea turtles, dolphins, and whales die every year from plastic entanglement or starvation because they fill up their stomachs on plastic they mistake for food. Take action for World Oceans Day and prevent plastic from harming ocean wildlife!

Reduce plastic use . Help stop plastic pollution at its source! As consumers, we each have the power to reduce demand. And if you encourage family and friends to do the same, the more the more good we can do to keep the ocean clean and safe. Here are a few disposable plastic products everyone can reduce in our daily lives:

Plastic water bottles. Invest in a reusable water bottle, and filter water if necessary. Help the ocean and save money; it’s a win-win for you and the blue. On average, Americans now use 4 plastic water bottles a day—the highest ever recorded! Let’s turn the tide against wasteful plastic consumption.

Plastic bags. People use nearly 1 trillion plastic bags each year, and unfortunately, many of those end up ingested by sea turtles that mistake plastic for jellyfish. Remember to bring a reusable bag for food (including vegetables) and other shopping and save a life!

Straws, cups to-go, food containers, and utensils. Bring your own reusable products like mugs when you get coffee and take a pass on the plastic utensils when you get take-out food. And if you must have a straw, there a number affordable options!

Be aware of packaging. Pay attention to how much incidental plastic that comes with what you buy—your candy, headphones, pens, etc., all come in plastic packaging. Strive to cut down on your daily plastic consumption and reward corporations that package responsibly!

Act for World Oceans Day!

Hold a ‘Switch for the Sea’ contest! Ask friends and family to switch one of their disposable plastic habits for a sustainable, ocean-friendly one: such as bringing reusable food containers from home when eating out for your ‘doggie bag.’

Organize an aquatic clean-up! Head out to your nearest and dearest body of water with some friends and pick up all the trash you find. You’ll be surprised at how much of it is plastic.

Ban the bag in your town. Many communities around the world are banning plastic bags from being used at their stores. Learn how to start a campaign to stop plastic bags use in your town!

There are hundreds of events being held all over the world, find one near you and celebrate with a purpose this World Oceans Day! You can also go the extra mile and organize an event yourself using ideas and free materials provided at!

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