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Backpacker Magazine – September 2007

How to Lighten Your (Planetary) Load

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

by: Kristin Hostetter

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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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ernest rando
May 28, 2009

True, however I am one who is in the purchasing phase and while i did not find this particular article helpful in my purchasing i did find it a little informative so that my next purchasing decision will be hopefully a bit wiser. However i have been finding it difficult in my area Central Indiana to find 2nd hand products or vendors with employees that think of green as anything but another colour. Your comment above has encouraged me to look more on the Reuse side of things since 100+ pants are out of the question. Thats like 20 pair of pants at Goodwill and No extreme sporting here in Indiana so Goodwill gear will work fine for now.

Jul 09, 2008

This isn't a guide for people who already own gear that works well, it is for people who need to get gear in the first place.

Eric Nelson
Apr 23, 2008

Is buying MORE reducing your footprint? How about just be happy with what you have and get along with that 10 year old Terraplane. Yeah you can get one more sleeping bag with Climashield, but that means spending more energy. Reducing CO2 means just that. The phrase is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. There's a reason for the order of the 3 R's.


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