Even though exploring the outdoors is essential for humans, it’s a privilege that must be taken with responsibility and respect.
This is a rule that must also be abided by outdoor brands.
Outdoor apparel, like all textiles, has been a major contributor to the climate crisis, with the majority of clothing made from unsustainable synthetic fibers to maintain performance such as water and sweat-proof qualities.
Some of the major environmental issues contributed by outdoor gear include microfiber pollution, landfill waste, toxic dyes, and water waste. Textile dyes are one of the biggest sources of pollution in clean water sources, harming the environment, and human health.
Outdoor gear should be carefully considered before purchasing; it’s an investment and therefore should be treated like one.
Read online reviews about specific products, ask friends, borrow from friends first (if possible) or even try and score decent second-hand gear. If purchasing new, below is a list of popular and reputable sustainable outdoor clothing brands that are invested in ensuring their company and products are ethically and well-made.