Does your outdoor group need outdoor gear?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 19th June, 2014


If you represent or know of a UK community organisations, youth groups or charity that could benefit from a Gift Your Gear outdoor gear donation please contact Gift Your Gear.

If your organisation has received outdoor gear from Gift Your Gear in the past there is no need to reapply they will contact you.

The number of UK organisations that have benefited from Gift Your Gear is growing:

Gift Your Gear 2013 

Gift Your Gear 2014

We have worked with some fantastic groups during the last two years and learnt a great deal about their ongoing struggle to adequately equip all the young people involved.  It is important the donated outdoor gear gets to as many young people as possible. For this to happen we need  lots of groups located in all parts of the UK. So please let us know if we can help your group – Sarah Howcroft Founder Gift Your Gear

If you have any questions you may find some helpful information on Gift Your GearFrequently Asked Questions

If you can’t find the answer to your question please contact Gift Your Gear


World Environment Day 5th June 2014

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 3rd June, 2014

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World Environment Day 5th June 2014

The UN has hosted World Environment Day every year since 1972, encouraging people to treat the environment more kindly. The UN General Assembly have declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). So this year World Environment Day will be raising awareness of the challenges and successes of these environments

We’ve all heard about climate change and how global warming is causing sea levels to rise. And, we are aware that sea levels rise when ice melts. But, did you know that when the global temperature warms, seawater expands and occupies more space. So, small island communities around the world are regularly exposed to floods and storm surges.

World Environment Day is an opportunity for people to get together to work towards a greener and cleaner world for everyone. So, why not make a ‘call to action’ and arrange a community clean up,  do your bit to reduce food waste or seek out a reuse or recycling option for all your unused and unwanted possessions. Including your outdoor gear!

Remember to tell the UN Environment Programme what you are planning to do and they’ll post the details on their website!

Raise your voice not sea levels - World Environment Day


Nets to decks

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 28th May, 2014


A new Skateboard is made of debris trawled from the sea.

California’s Bureo Skateboards is working with the Chilean government to create Minnow, a skateboard whose deck is made entirely from abandoned fishing nets from the country’s coastline.

Bureo Skateboards helped fund the release of Minnow through a successful Kickstarter.

The board can now be purchased from the company’s webstore for USD 145, shipping in August.

Any other outdoor gear projects like this – Using waste and turning it into useable products for the outdoors?

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ISPO Gold Award – The Rethink Bag

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 23rd May, 2014

Picture Organic The Rethink Bag

From time to time we spot some interesting new gear that is really trying to address some of the problems presented when the gear has worn out. This is one of them:

Picture won an ISPO AWARD for The Rethink Bag. It was chosen as GOLD WINNER 2014 in the category Lifestyle Backpack.

Besides the fact that the Rethink Bag contains 30% of Recycled Polyester and is 100% Oekotex 100 certified, it has been designed with a unique second life concept: each part of the bag is easily removable and can be used to contain new products instead of throwing it away. Consumers can simply take a pair of scissors and follow the red lines when they are done with their Rethink Bag, and transform it into new pencil cases, new toiletry bags, and even new laptop cases.

This is their story:

Read more on Picture Organic Clothing – The Rethink Bag

Gift Your Gear at Keswick Mountain Festival

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 28th April, 2014


Are you going to Keswick Mountain Festival 15th – 18th May 2014?

Rohan in Keswick on Lake Road are ready and waiting to accept your unwanted outdoor gear donations for Gift Your Gear. A great opportunity to spring clean the your outdoor gear cache and help get young people outdoors.

More info on Rohan Keswick including opening times.

Rohan Elite Rider Dog Coat Review

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 12th April, 2014

Scrappy Nelson-Elite Rider Dog Coat

I was excited when I found out I was finally going to have a Rohan coat of my own. Now I know there a those out the who say dogs don’t need coats – and as a Border Terrier with a lovely double coat of fur I would normally agree, but let me explain. For the last year I have begun to suffer badly with environmental allergies. The short of it being that come Spring I am bathed in medicated shampoo if I’m lucky only twice a week. It’s not so bad and I’ve grown accustomed to it, but it does mean my coat doesn’t get the opportunity to produce its lovely natural oils meaning it has no natural waterproofing and I can get cold very quickly. But enough about me.

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My olds (you know – the ones I live with) have a lot of Rohan kit for every eventuality. This particular coat started out as an Elite Rider Jacket belonging to my old man. Following a Mountain Biking accident the jacket did sustain a small tear on the sleeve (and him a broken thumb) rendering it out of action, but this is where I got lucky. The ripped coat was passed to my friend Jo at Trampy Ted for a re-style. What came back was the first ever hand made bespoke Rohan Dog Elite Jacket and this is my review.

Elite Rider Dog Coat Elite Rider Dog Coat

So I’ve had coats before, mostly for winter time. Who can forget the lovely Barbour jacket – I rolled that in sheep poo on its inaugural outing. What I was missing was a lightweight waterproof, suited to the April showers without being padded or weighty and uncomfortable. The Elite is perfect. The lightweight material gives it a barely there feel which means it doesn’t irritate my already sensitive skin. It’s wind and waterproofing means my body is kept dry during any sudden downpours so no shivering or needing to turn back when the spring weather takes a sudden turn. It’s crease resistance means I can still look smart even if it’s been packed into their pocket, and the bright colour and reflective trim means I can be safe and seen even into Dusk and Darkness. Due to the original design of the Rider jacket and clever tailoring of Jo I even have a pocket for emergency noms. My new Rohan coat provides me with the practical protection my allergy shampooed coat lacks and without fuss. I plan to be wearing it for many years to come and adding to my collection should my olds have any other, how shall I put it – little accidents.

Scrappy Nelson




Scrappy Nelson



Gift Your Gear… Don’t Ditch Your Gear

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 3rd March, 2014

donate your unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment

Born to be worn, not stitched to be ditched

In wardrobes, attics and garages, long forgotten items of outdoor clothing and equipment are gathering dust. The great outdoors is where they belong.

Gift Your Gear is an award-winning nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors. Founded by Sarah Howcroft, Gift Your Gear encourages people to donate outdoor gear they no longer want or need.

Partnering the unwanted with the needed

Gift Your Gear - Partnering the unwanted with the needed

Young people need to get outdoors for their physical and emotional well-being. The cost of outdoor clothing and equipment is often a barrier to participation.

First impressions count and It’s hard to enjoy your early experiences in the outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable. Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable.

“The benefit of Gift Your Gear is best defined as providing an opportunity to all so as to ensure that ability to pay for kit is not the over-riding criteria for participation.” – Laurence Parsons

The outdoor gear you donate will make a real difference to the community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors regardless of their circumstances.

Donate your unwanted outdoor clothing

Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan, the award-winning outdoor and travel clothing company. Drop off your unwanted waterproofs, fleeces, outdoor trousers, insulated jackets, hats and gloves regardless of brand including children’s clothing at any Rohan Shop during March and in return Rohan would like to offer you 15% off a full priced purchase made the same day as a qualifying Gift Your Gear donation. 

Rohan has high street shops from Inverness to Truro, you’re sure to find one near you. Whether it’s to drop off your unwanted outdoor gear or to browse the new spring range you’re guaranteed to get a warm welcome. Find your nearest Rohan shop.

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Unwanted Tents Become High Fashion

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th January, 2014


We get a number of enquiries every day regarding the how, what, when and where around recycling of all outdoor gear. A category that we struggle to help with is recycling of tents.

So when we do get enquiries about reusing and recycling tents our ears go up.

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This was the case with Jess, who contacted us recently.  A fashion student in London creating her final collection based around the idea of mountaineering using recycled fabrics. She is hoping to make jackets out of recycled tents. So guess what she needs tents!

We asked her for some more details on her project and back came Jess’s own explanation on her motivation for her project…

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The collection follows the happenings of a group of girl guides and their activities. All forced to wear the same uniform they make a statement, even if they don’t realise they’re making one. Though uniform should enforce utility and sameness the standard size only helps to make the silhouette more varied and pronounced, exploring the idea of clothes being too big, leaving room to grow in to them, or too short, having grown out of them too quickly. More interested in creating their own adventures than those planned for them their imaginations and habitat begin to shape their aesthetic, merging starched silhouettes with bagginess and dishevelment. The collection also draws inspiration from the images taken from the first ascent of Mount Everest, which adds key details to the collection, and an idea of practical clothing being created in an imaginative way.

The idea of utility combined with playful imagination and adventure sees the coming together of practical details, such as drawstrings and boxy pockets, with recycled fabrics. Space blankets and climbing ropes lose their functionality with their purpose altered through the imagination of the gang. Recycled tents are reinvented to create oversized anoraks and parka coats.

The focus of the collection is to promote the idea of reuse and recycling within the fashion industry but in a way that isn’t too obvious. A garment appeals to the customer because it is beautiful, not because it is ethical. Therefore the garment should be exquisitely made and then cherished because it stands for something greater than just aesthetics.

If you have any unwanted tents please contact Recycle Outdoor Gear.

If you know of any tent upcycling, recycling or reuse projects please let us know.

These are the other projects that have expressed interest on the subject in the past:

Tent Recycling, Sheep and The Lookerers

Clothing with intent

Could you be a Gift Your Gear Beneficiary in 2014?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 31st December, 2013


Could you be a Gift Your Gear Beneficiary in 2014

This year has been a very busy year for Gift Your Gear, ending in the fantastic award from The Great Outdoors Magazine
In order to make sure they continue to further the Gift Your Gear initiative they have just announces a new call for potential beneficiaries of quality used outdoor gear.

Do you represent or know of a UK-based charity or community group working with young people in the outdoors that need outdoor gear? Please take a moment to check the Gift Your Gear Guide Lines for potential beneficiaries. If you are happy with this please contact us as soon as possible.

Sarah Howcroft founder Gift Your Gear told Recycle Outdoor Gear

“2014 is gong to be a busy year for Gift Your Gear it is important we get to know our new beneficiaries to make sue we provide them with gear that is suitable for all their needs and help make the very best of the donated gear. To do this we need as much time as possible. So anyone that is interested please let us know as soon as possible”

Gift Your Gear has some fantastic beneficiaries built up over the last year. If your organisation has received outdoor gear from Gift Your Gear in the past there is no need to contact  Gift Your Gear they will be contacting you soon.

If you have any questions you may find some helpful information on  Gift Your Gear – Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question please just contact us


Black Friday time to get out and shop till you drop

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 28th November, 2013

Black Friday, a day when every outdoor retailer in The States is trying to get people to buy more gear.

In the middle of all this Patagonia is encouraging people to keep their wallets in their pockets and use the stuff they have.

They have releasing Worn Wear, a short film which celebrates the stuff people already own and the quality of the life people can enjoy.It takes you to an off-the-grid surf camp in Baja, Mexico; a family’s maple syrup harvest in Contoocook, Vermont; an organic farm in Ojai, California; and into the lives of a champion skier, a National Geographic photographer, and a legendary Alpinist. Worn Wear also features exclusive interviews with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.

Worn Wear will be released online on Black Friday and in 15 Patagonia retail stores. in The States., Show up at one of the chosen public venues, and you’ll get to sample Patagonia’s new California Route beer made by New Belgium Brewery.

Patagonia’s new gear repair program also launches on Black Friday, in partnership with iFixit. The companies are publishing a series of free repair guides, which include basic sewing lessons. So while you’re recovering on the couch from too much turkey and pumpkin pie, stitch up that old pack or jacket—and then go use them on Black Friday instead of shopping for new gear. Read more

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