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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

Green Gear Report Card 2008

The first industry-wide survey about which gear manufacturers are positively impacting the environment

by: Berne Broudy

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WE'RE BIG FANS OF...
The North Face Mountain Sneaker
These new around-town kicks are a model of sustainable shoe building: They have a metal-free suede upper, bamboo lining and shank, cork midsole, and plant-based foam for cushioning. Even the multicolored tag is made from recycled soda bottle plastic. None of which would matter if the Sneakers weren't so damn comfortable–they're the most popular footwear among staffers this year. $90; men's and women's sizes; thenorthface.com

WE'RE BIG FANS OF...
Patagonia R2 Jacket
We have yet to find a midlayer that rivals the Editors' Choice Award-winning (2000) R2 for high-exertion, cold-weather performance. In 2008, it's made in part with recycled polyester and is 100% recyclable through Patagonia's Common Threads program. $160; men's S-XXL, women's XS-L; patagonia.com

WE'RE BIG FANS OF...
Marmot DriClime Catalyst Jacket
If a green product is one that lasts a long time, how's this for longevity: This windshirt won an Editors' Choice Award in 1993 for its versatile performance, and an Editors' Choice Gold Award in 2002 for updates that kept it kicking. In 2008, the DriClime debuts in this version made with 88% recycled content. $110; men's S-XXL, women's XS-XL; marmot.com


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nathan
Nov 24, 2012

Going green is alive and well in today's ecological aware society. Having a laptop case that is well built to satisfy the needs of consumers is of great importance as well. As a photographer, I require a bag that I can hold my camera gear as well as my laptop. Going green with a laptop case may pose some challenges, avoid nylon and going with cotton or hemp material may be the start, if they are available. http://www.electronicluggage.com/

Jerry
Jul 15, 2008

Having tents and other gear made in China is not Green!

Dan
May 19, 2008

Osprey Packs can be found at this address: http://www.ospreypacks.com/

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