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Greening Gear: Q & A with Eco-Friendly Outdoor Gear Leaders

Imagine eco-friendly equipment that offers superior performance to today's gear. The future is bright, but how do we get there? A BACKPACKER roundtable discussion.

This is the full text of a roundtable interview printed in BACKPACKER’s April 2011 Gear Guide.

The Participants: Kim Coupounas:
After graduating with honors from Princeton, Coupounas earned a joint M.B.A./M.P.A. at Harvard before helping to found GoLite; she currently serves as their Sustainability Officer.

Jill Dumain: Patagonia’s Director of Environmental Strategy
attended UC Davis, before joining Patagonia, where she ushered in the organic-cotton movement and other green efforts.

Bill Gamber: A longtime outdoor-enthusiast and entrepreneur
, Gamber cofounded Big Agnes, intent on changing the way people looked at their camp sleeping system.

Kevin Myette: As Director of Product Integrity for REI, Myette ensures the quality of all products—both third-party and house brands—sold at REI.

Dawson Winch: In her role as DuPont’s Global Brand Manager of Sorona, a renewably sourced fiber used in outdoor apparel and footwear, Winch oversees the brand and its messaging and communications.

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