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READERS COMMENTS

Brian
Dec 30, 2010

This is a gift guide. The common person doesn't spend more than $25 on a gift and certainly I'm not going to spend that on a water bottle or a belt. I would have liked to see more items under $25. Even when I spend money on my self. I don't like to spend more than $50. I would like to more items on this site and in the magazine under $50 and maybe not always the name brand.

Agnostic
Dec 21, 2010

God is probably a figment of your imagination, perhaps a projection of your WASP Judeo-Christian values. But to quote your own holy book here are some reasons for sustainability:

Lev. 25:23-24. The land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.
Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the
redemption of the land.

Ezekiel 34:2-4. Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of
themselves! Should not the shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds,
clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you did
not take care of the flock! You have not strengthened the weak or healed the
sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched
for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally

Ezekiel 34:17-18. As for you, my flock... Is it not enough for you to feed on
good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?
Isaiah 24:4-6. The earth dries up and withers, the world languished and
withers, the exalted of the earth languish. The earth lies under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt

Dan King
Dec 16, 2010

OK, you eco-Nazi's have had your 15 minutes of fame... now go away please. Do you want to know how long the Earth will last? Regardless of what we mere humans do or don't do, the Earth will last just as long as God wants it to. No more, no less. Deal with it.

Jay R.
Dec 11, 2010

The Post could have been written by James Taggart in Atlas Shrugged.

Ryan
Dec 08, 2010

Dude, give me a good quality piece of gear at a good price, and I'm in! "One must consider the cost of a well made coat but truly they must also consider whether or not they will be able to have that same coat in fifty years." C'mon man----You will replace that coat in probably 10 years!

Calm.
Dec 07, 2010

Down.

Lauren
Dec 03, 2010

Dude, seriously? Stand down.

Is it Sustainable?
Nov 30, 2010

There are a number of companies that come to mind when a person asks about expedition clothing companies and that number rapidly drops as a person looks into the sustainability practices of those companies. One must consider the cost of a well made coat but truly they must also consider whether or not they will be able to have that same coat in fifty years. Most companies, while trying hard to deliver a great product at a low cost, simply focus on that, not on other important aspects like the environmental impact they made by producing such a garment. While you look for a new coat or piece of outerwear this season, consider where your money is going and what it supports. Some companies are supporting the environment while others simply give you a great product but have not yet given thought to sustainable production. On the whole, any company you support will continue to do as they have done in the past and as you shop this year, look for a garment that will not only give you satisfaction, but also support sustainability and help preserve the world we all love.

As we look for a piece of clothing we consider names like Patagonia, Rab, Mountain Hardware, The North Face, Mont-bell, OR and First Assent as makers of high quality clothing that will both last and get you to the summit and back safely. Yet when one considers sustainability initiatives coupled with this quality the name of Patagonia rises to the forefront. They are a cofounder of The Conservation Alliance, give environmental grants, have The 1% for the Planet Program, The Common Threads Initiative and much more. They are the industry leader for sustainability and have developed The Common Threads Initiative to recycle old nylon, fleece, cotton and more to help reduce waste and have also created a more sustainable manufacturing process. On the whole, the Patagonia brand has gained support simply because of its pro earth stance and high quality in both products and sustainability.

None the less, there are other manufacturers who are trying and succeeding to become more sustainable and many of the best manufacturers have joined or are also co founders of The Conservation Alliance. This organization promotes sustainable practices by giving grants and other support to develop a partnership between the business world and the earth. The members of this organization include REI, EMS, Mountain Hardware, and another founding member The North Face. All of these companies and about 180 more, have made the switch to say they will support, protect and attempt to become more sustainable as they produce products. This is definitely a step in the right direction and these large industry leaders banding together will help to reduce our waste and save the planet we all enjoy so much.

Your voice counts in the move to sustainable clothing production and your wallet speaks louder than you can. By supporting a company that is a sustainable producer, you can help fund them, to grow larger and produce more. Once they are able to gain a large market share they will be noticed by other companies. Others will attempt to recreate their products and will probably see that sustainability is an element they should incorporate into their company. Supporting a company that focuses on sustainability will help make this world a better place to live in and will change the industry if enough people understand that their vote counts; so this year as you look for clothing, decide if the extra money you might spend will make a bigger difference in the future and choose a company that promotes planetary welfare, as well as delivering a great product.

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