Re-Cycle bikes to Africa

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 6th July, 2013

bike recycle to africa

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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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Patagonia eBay UK and Reuse

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 13th May, 2013

used outdoor gear sold on recycle outdoor gear

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.

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

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.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle this Christmas

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 5th December, 2011

Win a Kindle - ROG

It’s never too early to start making New Year resolutions

Christmas and New Year is a great time to declutter and get rid of all that outdoor gear you no longer want or use.

1. Reuse – Give all that unwanted outdoor gear you no longer use a second life. Post a free ad on Recycle Outdoor Gear (ROG) to swap, sell or donate your used outdoor clothing and equipment.

2. Reduce – Enter the Win a Kindle prize draw and reclaim your shelves. It’s free and easy. All you need to do is post a free ad on Recycle Outdoor Gear (ROG) to swap, sell or donate your used outdoor clothing and equipment before 11.59pm on Saturday the 31st December 2011. See terms and conditions below. Now Closed

2. Recycle –  Sort out all  your unwanted outdoor clothing & equipment taking up space in cupboards, lofts and garages that has seconf life potential and post a free ad on Recycle Outdoor Gear (ROG)


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Pass on unwanted outdoor gear to someone who can use it.

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Gift Your Gear is an independent nationwide initiative that provides outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities working with young people in the outdoors.

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