Recycling and the great outdoors

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 10th December, 2012

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Reuse, Recycling and the great outdoors

Before we look at the great outdoors we should perhaps take a look at the fashion industry because certain brands are making great strides with regard to at least 2R’s.

Reduce, reuse and recycle are three ‘R’ words we hear a lot about.

This tweet just caught my eye…

Did you hear? H&M wants to pay YOU to recycle?

H&M the fashion chain is putting its money where its mouth is. In February 2013, they’re initiating a recycling program where you get a discount card (if you spend over a certain amount) for every bag of used clothing your drop off at an H&M store, reducing the price of your new purchases while facilitating the reuse of your used garments.They are referring to is as their Global Clothes Collecting Initiative’. The bigger news about this one is they are making it available to customers in all their outlets across the globe. Customers in all 48 of the markets the company operates in will be able to hand in used garments for recycling.

Now that is impressive.

Before that M&S developed their Shwopping initiative. Read More

A good question on Huffington Past recently was

Do you know what other fast-fashion brand is tidying up its act?

Fact in the UK there are 350,000tonnes of clothing being sent to landfill each year.With a further 70,000tonnes destined for incineration. There will be lots of good reusable outdoor gear in this.

So back to the UK outdoor industry…

Think of any of the 3 R’s  when it comes to outdoor gear and you can’t help but gravitate towards Patagonia.They are market leaders in 3R implementation and customer acceptance and have developed their own 5thR  –  Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle and Reimagine

Has this stimulated others to follow?  

The short answer is yes but very slowly. So slow it’s almost undetectable.
This side of the Atlantic things are even slower. There are exceptions of course:

Paramo Developing Recycling Reuse and Repair Read more  

Rohan have found their own individual way with a logical development of meaningful reuse with Gift Your Gear and ROG

Other brands have tried individual programs. Some of the stories we covered on ROGblog

Tiso... Read more 

Berghaus  Read more 

Will they do it again?

Cicerone – New Guides for Old with Guide Book Exchange Scheme  Read more

Green Peak Gear collect used climbing gear and remake it into new products. The products they currently make include rope rugs, dog leads and skipping ropes. Read More

Please drop us a comment if you know of a recycling or reuse scheme by any outdoor company in the UK we haven’t covered and let’s try and create the definitive list.

Really appreciate your help.




Climbing Rope Recycling Gets Underway

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th August, 2012


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We have talked about some of the recycling schemes set up by various outdoor brands in the UK during the last few months

The Berghaus return a boot scheme was successful. The company recently encouraged us 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’ – read more

An interesting project set up by the BMC to look into returning end of life climbing rope  got underway earlier in the year – read more

The good news is the BMC project is now up and running.

A pilot project to recycle climbing gear is now underway with recycling bins placed in six locations around the North West and Sheffield. So if you’re heading for any of the climbing walls below and you’ve got some old rope to throw away, bring it along  – Read more and find out the locations of the climbing walls etc


Other ROGBlog stories on recycling climbing rope:

Repurpose your climbing rope into a rug!

Wanted Climbing Rope For Scout Group

Old Climbing Rope

Wanted, Old Climbing Hardware

Vintage Climbing Gear


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