Recycled truck tarpaulin in to bags and maybe jackets

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 10th July, 2013

M-24 was founded by Mat Dusting, a young industrial product designer with a passion for winter sports. Over the years Mat found many of his bags broke because he overfilled them or loaded them with sharp-edged objects, like skis or snowboards. Even while at university, he found many bags broke because they were knocked or caught on sharp corners. Frustrated with having to buy a new bag every year, Mat decided to design his own.

M24 bags are designed from recycled truck tarpaulin. Each bag is unique because of the variety of lorry curtains (truck tarps) collected. So the product range is constantly changing

For the last 6 months they have been wondering if it was possible to design waterproof clothing from recycled truck tarp. Recently, fashion student Kate from UWE Bristol created the world’s first suit jacket made from recycled truck tarp. The truck tarp suit jacket could be the first stepping stone towards creating a small collection of M-24 waterproof jackets. They would love to get your feed back  feedback or if you have any suggestions?

For all the latest news and updates please visit M-24 


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

Upcycling cars to backpacks

| Recycle Outdoor Gear | 2nd April, 2012

One of the major aims of ROGBlog is to seek out and tell the stories of reuse and recycling of all outdoor gear.

There is also another topic that is getting a lot of interest in recent months ‘Upcycling‘ – Converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.

This is such a story…

Mariclaro upcycles exploded air bags, car upholstery, bike tubes, truck tarps into carryalls, backpacks and bags. Based in Toronto they are perfecting upcycling from bags made of car upholstery to jackets made from exploded airbags, and earrings from 8mm film.

They produce some fantastic bags and backpacks from redundant automotive scrap.

A quote lifted from Mariclaro website states…
“There’s so much old stuff, why would you buy anything new”

Mariclaro designs are all one of a kind pieces handmade in Toronto all from recycled materials.
The combination of the unique skills and creative energy of co-founders Sven Schlegel and Willa Murray are the power house behind this great idea. They work out of a thriving workshop.

Sven’s natural eye for design and his drive for perfection compliment his background in Planning and Economics. A combination of excellent sewing skills and a willingness to experiment with materials make Willa an ideal co-founder. In 2008, Patricia Youn joined the team, adding her skills from her training in Fashion Design and Production. In 2011 Linsday Sinclair joined the team.

Sounds like a great team.

In addition to making a great range of bags they also offer a fascinating bespoke service. The Mariclaro Limited Edition is a mark of excellence that signifies the bag was made from limited materials from a specific car. They provide a photo of the car the main materials came from. It applies to all their models.

With all this creative energy it’s of no surprise to learn Mariclaro received the 2011 National Globe Award, the Honorary Small Business Award for the Best Green Consumer Product.

A great example of what can be done to take a waste stream and turn it into premium, attractive must have products



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