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September 2007

How to Lighten Your (Planetary) Load

We found 17 pioneering products that will cut your carbon cost without sacrificing performance.

Recycle That Pack
These 17 charities and consignment shops will put old gear to good use–and maybe a few bucks in your pocket.
by Nancy Prichard

Program The scoop Contact
AMC Youth Opportunities Program Trains youth leaders and gears up New England city kids
Bay Area Wilderness Training Develops youth leaders and takes urban kids on outings
Big City Mountaineers Mentors disadvantaged youth via outdoor excursions
Cottonwood Institute Teaches kids leadership and survival skills
cityWILD Helps low-income youth of color in the Denver area
Donate-a-Pack Supports youth programs in Southern CA
Gear Peddler Resells consigned outdoor gear in Bend, OR
Sierra Club Inner City Outings Outfits urban youth for outdoor trips
International Mountain Equipment Resells consigned gear in North Conway, NH
Mountain Equipment Co-op Canadian retail chain maintains a free online gear-swap site
The Mountain Fund Supplies many needy national and international causes
Outward Bound Adventures Runs outdoor trips for at-risk youth
Second Ascent Buys used gear and apparel for resale in Seattle, WA
Soles4Souls Sends donated footwear to global relief organizations
Student Expedition Program Sponsors outdoor leadership classes for AZ high-schoolers
Teens Outside! Partners with park and rec programs nationwide
Throwplace Recycling clearinghouse finds recipients for gear & more
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