sustainability

December 6, 2019

Good Gear: Buy a Flannel, Help Save the Ocean

United By Blue

On a muddy shore, five volunteers dig for tires. A dozen comb the beach for old water bottles and railroad ties. Several cut tree branches entangling vehicle carcasses. A person operating a skid-steer loads a barge with torched pieces of a boat’s steam tank, while another hauls decrepit trash from an amusement park that burned […]

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October 4, 2019

Good Gear: Smartwool’s Intraknit base layers will revolutionize your closet

Smartwool Intraknit

For years, Smartwool designers stared at socks’ innards and saw the potential to revolutionize apparel construction. In a technical sock, cushiony, plush zones transition into meshy, sweat-venting zones without seams for improved comfort. Designers dreamed of bringing that variable construction to base layers—if only there was a machine that could knit complicated pants and shirts. […]

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September 20, 2019

Get Ready To Wear Hemp

Move over, cotton: Hemp is here to challenge your throne. Now that hemp is no longer considered an illicit drug, fabric manufacturers are figuring out how to turn this notoriously scratchy fiber into soft, ultracomfy clothing. It’s showing up in T-shirts, shorts, fleeces, jackets, hats and even shoes. Even better? Hemp’s sustainability scorecard makes it […]

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August 15, 2019

The future of backpacks looks more sustainable

Chances are, you already own plenty of sustainably made clothing and electronics built with rechargeable batteries instead of landfill-polluting alkaline—but your backpack probably doesn’t deserve a merit badge for environmentalism. It’s not your fault. Packs have tended to lag behind other gear categories, where the outdoor industry has embraced sustainability and shoppers now routinely find […]

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January 14, 2019

Rebuilding Appalachia

Prior to 2012, Anniston, Alabama, was about as far away from a mountain bike destination as a community could get. Located in the northeast quadrant of the state at the southernmost tip of the Appalachians, Anniston was mostly remembered as the site of one of the most high-profile environmental injustices in the nation. Between 1929 […]

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March 27, 2018

How to Have a More Eco-Friendly Camping Trip

I recently returned from a camping trip with pockets bursting with single-use snack wrappers. As I shoveled it all into the garbage, I wondered how it was possible to generate more waste “roughing it” than I do in my city life. I wanted to do better so I consulted with three REI experts on how […]

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October 25, 2017

Packing It Out 2017: Leave It Better

Abby Taylor riding her bike on the Packing It Out 2017 tour

Five months. 4,700 miles. 2,130 pounds of trash. On April 26, 2017, Seth Orme and Abby Taylor set out on a cross-country bike tour to pick up trash. Beginning on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and ending in Seattle, they zigzagged across the U.S., cleaning up scenic areas and inspiring others to “leave it better” as part […]

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June 6, 2013
Natural Disaster, Response, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities

Natural Disaster, Response, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities

It seems that lately, all you see is news of the next natural disaster.  The disaster response gets some publicity, but what about the rebuild?  You […]