The Best Eco-Friendly Gear for Backpackers
These 5 pieces perform well on the trail and benefit the Earth.
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KEEN Targhee III Waterproof Mid
Tanneries are often the weak link in a green supply chain: They often use excessive water and energy and source their materials from not-so-green origins. Not the case with this boot: It sports a Leather Working Group certification, a distinction for products that use traceable leather from vetted suppliers and dispose of waste properly. Read the full review.
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Marmot Eclipse Jacket
The problem with rain shells is that most use a DWR that’s both toxic and temporary. But, by baking a PFC-free laminate into 100-percent-recycled nylon yarn, Marmot eliminates the need for a DWR finish. Read the full review.
Vaude Gleann Shirt V
This shirt proves that coffee is good for more than just a morning jolt, and helps reduce food waste in the process. Read the full review.
Truce Drop Liner 24L
The same sails that withstand whipping gales at sea make this pack virtually indestructible. Read the full review.
Fjällräven Keb Trouser
Re-using waste materials and getting rid of environmentally harmful PFCs is laudable for any product, but these pants also offer a combination of stretch and strength in all the right places. Read the full review.