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We went on the hunt to find sustainable outdoor clothing brands so you can leave nothing but footprints next time you hit the trail.
Doing your bit on the trails
I’m sure many of us have been there: you’re out enjoying the great outdoors, walking in nature, enjoying the sights, feeling the wind on your face and spotting a few animals. Suddenly, you stumble upon a single plastic water bottle lying on the ground. You come closer to pick it up, with the firm intention to throw it away in the next trashcan you see. Why do people do that? As you get up, you start spotting other items that have no business here: a crisp packet, a lonely glove, a lost beanie.
Whether you’re an outdoors fan or not, it’s heartbreaking to see trash in nature polluting the soil and waters, and it’s even more heartbreaking when you know that some of them can take thousands of years to break down.
So, what can we do beyond not leaving trash behind and doing our bit by picking up others’ trash when we can?
A good place to start is thinking about what we put on our bodies when we go out in nature. There are brands out there creating ethical and sustainable outdoor wear, so you can enjoy the great outdoors, knowing your gear isn’t contributing to the exploitation of our planet and its inhabitants.
With this list, you’ll be (sustainably) dressed from head-to-toe, with a light jacket from Girlfriend Collective (US), base layers by eclipse (US) and Houdini (Sweden), pants from bleed (Germany) and VAUDE (Germany), and some comfortable shoes by Wildling (Germany).