Donate your unwanted outdoor clothing at a Rohan Shop

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 1st September, 2014

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Gift Your Gear – It Belongs Outdoors

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. Young people need to get outdoors for their physical and emotional well- being. The sun doesn’t always shine. It’s hard to enjoy your early experiences in the outdoors when you’re cold, wet and uncomfortable.

Give your unwanted outdoor gear a new lease of life.

Gift Your Gear has partnered with Rohan during September. Take your unwanted outdoor clothing to any Rohan shop during the month of September, that’s all outdoor clothing, rucksacks and includes children’s clothing regardless of brand and receive 15% off any full price purchase made on the same day. Offer ends 30th September 2014. 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.

Founded by Sarah Howcroft, Gift Your Gear was set up to encourage people to donate unwanted outdoor gear they no longer want or need. Sarah, is keen to increase the number of groups Gift Your Gear can help.

“To date Gift Your Gear has supported over 250 community organisations, youth groups and charities who work with young people in the outdoors. I hope that we can increase this number to 350 by the end of the Gift Your Gear – Rohan event”.

Donate your unwanted outdoor gear

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.

Help the next generation get outdoors.


Rohan Shops in Scotland
Aberdeen 12 Back Wynd, AB10 1JN.  01224 566062
Edinburgh 86 George Street, EH2. 3BU.  0131 2254876
Glasgow 118 Union Street, G1 3QQ.  0141 2040775
Inverness 30-32 Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1JT.  01463-238379
Perth 37 St Johns Street, Perth PH1 5SH.  01738 444609
St Andrews 137 South Street St Andrews KY16 9UN.  01334 472752

Rohan Shops in the North East
Beverley 26 Butcher Row Beverley HU17 0AB.  01482 880205
Durham 23 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA.  01913 741645
Harrogate 21 Station Square, Harrogate, HG1 1SY.  01423 508766
Hebden Bridge  8-10 St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire HX7 8ET 01422 845755
Leeds 20 King Edward Street, Leeds, LS1 6AX.  0113 2454228
Newcastle 17 Eldon Gardens, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RA.  0191 2610033
Shipley Trek and Trail, Saltaire Ltd, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3LA.  01274 589692
York 24 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS.  01904 674619

Rohan Shops in the North West
Ambleside 1 Market Cross, Ambleside Cumbria, LA22 9BT.  01539 431630
Chester 8 Bridge St. Chester, CH1 1NQ.  01244 403220
Keswick 14-16 Lake Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5BX.  01768 774963
Knutsford 6 Princess Street, Knutsford, WA16 6DD.  01565 633922
Long Preston Main St, Long Preston, near Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 4PG.  01729 840611
Manchester Unit 4 Acresfield, 8-10 Exchange Street, Barton Square, Manchester, M2 7HA.  0161 8326272
Preston Outfit 16/19 Miller Arcade, Jacson Street, Preston PR1 2QY.  01772 821522
Southport Outfit 23/25 Wayfarers Arcade, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1NT.  01704 510770

Rohan Shops in Wales
Betws-y-Coed Holyhead Rd, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0BN.  01690 710816
Cowbridge Unit 3, Birds Lane, Cowbridge, CF71 7YP.  01446 774570
Hay on Wye 23 Castle Street, Hay on Wye, Herefordshire, HR3 5DF.  01497 822540

Rohan Shops in the Midlands
Bakewell 5 King Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DZ.  01629 814082
Milton Keynes 1-3 Knebworth Gate, Giffard Park, Milton Keynes, MK14 5QD.  01908 615407
Nottingham 17 Friar Lane, Nottingham, NG1 6DA.  0115 9411334
Sheffield Foothills, 11 Edgedale Road, Sheffield, S7 2BQ.  01142 586228
Stratford upon Avon 18 Wood Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6JF.  01789 414498
Shrewsbury 75 Mardol, Shrewsbury SY1 1PZ.  01743 272108
Swinfen The Heart of the Country, Swinfen, Lichfield, WS14 9QR.  01543 482000
Trentham Unit 30, Trentham Shopping Village, The Stone Rd, ST4 8AX.  01782 644935
Worcester 52 Broad Street, Worcester, WR1 3LR.  01905 734659

Rohan Shops in the East
Cambridge 37 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TB.  01223 356729
Chelmsford 35 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6JE.  01245 280808
Norwich 8 Back of the Inns, Norwich, NR2 1PT.  01603 624328
Stamford 74 High Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AW.  01780 482 934
Woodbridge 43 The Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1AH.  01394 610840

Rohan Shops in the South
Bampton Outwear, Bridge Street, Bampton, Oxon, OX18 2HA.  01993 851418
Chichester 1 Broadwalk, Northgate, Chichester, PO19 1AR.  01243 787214
Guildford 224-226 High Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3JD.  01483 304752
Henley On Thames 41 Bell Street, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BA.  01491 637518
Lymington Out There Wear, 117 High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AQ.  01590 688602
Salisbury 55 Silver Street, Salisbury SP1 2NG.  01722 321370
Wimborne 8 The Square, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1JA.  01202 885818
Winchester 24 The Square, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EX.  01962 850458

Rohan Shops in the South East
Canterbury 45 Burgate Canterbury CT1 2HW.  01227 479304
Tunbridge Wells 53b Calverley Road, Kent, TN1 2TU.  01892 531836

Rohan Shops in the South West
Bath 16 Union Passage, Bath, Avon, BA1 1RE.  01225 462374
Cheltenham 2 The Courtyard, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SR.  01242 257664
Dunster Rohan Country Store, Dunster Steep, Dunster, TA24 6SE.  01643 822264
Exeter Princesshay Shopping Centre, 36 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ.   01392 277502
Stow-on-the-Wold The Square, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1AF.  01451 831570
Truro Penrose Outdoors, Town Quay, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2HJ.  01872 260042

Rohan Shops in London
Kingston Upon Thames 12 Thames Street, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 1PE.  0208 5460656
Langley Street 6a Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA .  020 7240 2551


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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


Are you dedicated to reusing outdoor gear?

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 18th May, 2013

Reuse second hand outdoor gear

This story caught my eye…

To highlight the positive style and environmental potentials of reusing, Christina Dean, Founder of Redress, swore to wear nothing but discarded clothes for an entire year. The 365 Challenge, which began on January 1st of this year, Founder Christina Dean is now five months into the challenge, and has chronicled her entire journey on Instagram. Read more

This got me thinking what if we feature stories from the many people who love the great outdoors, the kit and are dedicated to reusing gear. There must be loads of stories out there. If you buy and reuse gear, or maybe you are wearing hand me downs or a Gift Your Gear donation please let us know. If you are keeping your kit going by repairing  please share your story.

Please send a paragraph and a photo or drop us a comment below.

Email and photos to ROG or join us on Facebook or Twitter






Patagonia eBay UK and Reuse

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 13th May, 2013

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Patagonia have linked up with eBay UK to enables sellers of used Patagonia outdoor clothing to resell their items in the UK.

The aim is to encourage customers to go into their wardrobes, find the Patagonia garments they don’t currently need, and list them on eBay to continue their useful life. Having taken the Patagonia Common Threads Pledge.

Whilst selling used outdoor gear is as old as the virtual hills. All industries need flagship brands that push out the envelopes of innovation and new thinking,. The biggest one that come to mind outside our industry is, or was, Apple for innovation.  Patagonia’s proven commitment to the 3 R’s and greener commerce is tremendous.  In November 2011, Patagonia and eBay Inc. joined forces to launch a new marketplace for customers to buy and sell used Patagonia gear in the United States. Today, with more than 38,000 items resold in the first year of the program.

It’s a lovely idea and I wish Patagonia and eBay well in their mission. Visit the eBay store

One question…

Why only used Patagonia product?

This an interesting question.

Happy Holidays from ROG

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 22nd December, 2012

Happy Holidays from Recycle Outdoor Gear

Happy Holidays from everyone at ROG

Thanks to all who used ROG it’s been a really great year for reuse of outdoor gear.

The outdoor gear donated through the recent Gift Your Gear Rohan initiative made a real difference to a number community organisations and youth groups Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors, regardless of their circumstance. A big thank you to all who donated and Rohan for hosting Gift Your Gear.

Let’s do it all again next year bigger and better.

ROG – Gift Your Gear helping others to benefit from the great outdoors

Recycling and the great outdoors

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 10th December, 2012

ROG - recycling and the great outdoors

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.




Season for giving with Gift Your Gear

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 2nd December, 2012

Gift Your Gear -  ROG

Donate your used outdoor gear through Gift Your Gear

The first very successful Gift Your Gear with Rohan initiative ended a few weeks ago.

Since then we have noticed a growing trend on ROG which is really lovely.

Many ROG users have asked if they can continue to donate their used, unwanted outdoor gear to Gift Your Gear.
So after a bit of organisation behind the scenes we have made it possible for this to happen.

This is how it all works:
Please contact us with details of the outdoor gear you have available to donate.
We will circulate the details to all Gift Your Gear beneficiary organisations.
Interest will be forwarded to you.
There is no charge for this service.

Gift Your Gear beneficiaries have all agreed to add donations to their communal outdoor gear equipment pools.
So you gear will get maximum use.
The groups are all UK-based often involved in getting young people in to the outdoors.
If you know of any organisation that would benefit from donated used outdoor gear please contact us

So it is the season for giving and you can now do it on ROG through Gift Your Gear.

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Listen Back – Podcast The Outdoor Station

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 15th October, 2012

Podcasts on Recycle Outdoor Gear

A big thank you to Bob Cartwright from and The Outdoor Station for the podcast and for giving us the chance to talk about our favourite subjects reuse and recycling outdoor gear in the UK

An overheard conversation in the press room led to my interview with Sarah Howcroft who has started a unique website for those wishing to sell, donate or pass on their old outdoor gear to others who might appreciate it. Recycling is a responsibility we all need to take notice of and this website will offer comfort to those with conscience.  Bob Cartwright

Podcast available on this link.


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ROG has been nominated in TGO Awards in the Environmental or access initiative of the year category.

Voting is still open to select the winner

Gift Your Gear has come to an end

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 1st October, 2012

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Gift Your Gear has come to an end.

Early in September Rohan the UK Outdoor and Travel Clothing specialist put this question to the outdoor community…

Have you got outdoor gear you no longer want or use?

The answer came back a resounding Yes

During September Rohan partnered with ROG and Gift Your Gear to provide an ‘in shop take back service’ for all reusable outdoor jackets, trousers and fleece. This offer included used unwanted clothing from all outdoor brands, not just Rohan Outdoor Clothing.

The Rohan Shops have been busy collecting all the returned garments from, not only Rohan customers but all members of the UK outdoor community.

All the donations are now on their way to ROG for sorting and distribution to UK youth and community groups working in the outdoors.

Sarah Howcroft founder of ROG and Gift Your Gear

What has struck me over the life of the Rohan Gift Your Gear partnership has been the enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the spirit of Gift Your Gear by all the Rohan Shop teams and all who so kindly donated their fantastic outdoor gear. What a partnership.

We are now starting to sort through all the gear and it is really amazing just how long some of this gear had remained in 100% condition. I have seen Rohan Garments that are over 30 years old and will be used again for exactly what they where originally designed for.

So it is congratulations and thanks

  • To Rohan for making such long-lasting clothing,
  • To all the Rohan staff for making this happen
  • To all the outdoor community for donating such fantastic kit
  • A final extra special thanks to all the original Rohanists who donated their much love vintage Rohan garments.

I am keen to document the story of Gift Your Gear because it is an industry first and may prove useful to the industry in general. It is important to show that this has worked for us all. The stories of recipients of Gift your Gear will be told on ROG Blog and Rohantime. Partnerships just like this one can help to move the industry towards a more sustainable development path.

One final and sincere Thank You and let’s do it all again very soon…


We are really proud to announce that ROG has been nominated in the TGO – The Great Outdoors Awards in the Environmental or access initiative of the year category. A really big thank you to all who voted for us. Voting is now open to select the winner on this link

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, 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

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