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:

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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

ROG launches Gift your Gear with Rohan

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 3rd September, 2012

Gift your gear - ROG

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

That fleece top you wore for a bit but never seem to use anymore, or those trousers that are no longer comfortable to wear. Maybe you have caught a few remarks in your house along the lines of how much kit does one person need.

If the answer is Yes this will be of interest to you.

For the month of September, Rohan the UK Outdoor clothing company has partnered with ROG and the new Gift your Gear initiative. Rohan are  offering the outdoor community the opportunity to take unwanted usable outdoor trousers, fleece and jackets, to your nearest Rohan Store  and get money off a new purchase made on the same day. That’s all brands, not just Rohan jackets, fleece and trousers.

You will receive either 15% off for Rohan or 10% off for non Rohan returns of useable trousers, fleece or jackets against a new purchase made the same day. The offer is available in store only and excludes socks, underwear and footwear. Discount will only be given for items accepted by the shop manager. Discount will be per transaction not individual item.

The returns must be a condition that they can be reused for their intended purpose. The offer excludes socks, underwear and footwear.

What happens to the outdoor gear you donate to Gift your Gear through Rohan?

The outdoor gear you donate will make a real difference to the local community organisations, youth groups and charities who receive it. Enabling others to benefit from life changing experiences in the great outdoors, regardless of their circumstance. All outdoor gear donated to Gift Your Gear is reused for its original purpose. It is not traded, recycled or sent to landfill.

Sarah Howcroft founder of ROG illustrated the value of Gift your Gear…
If an outdoor jacket is worn for a couple of years then ends up forgotten in the back of a wardrobe its useful life is never achieved. Most outdoor gear will last much longer than most people want or need. If that jacket is donated through Gift Your Gear to a local community organisation, youth group or charity working in the outdoors. Not only is the useful life of the jacket achieved but also another person gets to experience the joy of good gear”

ROG and Rohantime home of the Rohan community will be featuring stories from the local community organisations, youth groups and charities who will have benefited from Gift your Gear.


Climbing Rope Recycling Gets Underway

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 27th August, 2012


ROG - Rope recycling

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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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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