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Press Release: Big Agnes Introduces (More) Sustainable Tents & Sleeping Pad

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Big Agnes ups their sustainability game with new sustainable materials and dying processes for some of their award-winning tent models and a brand new foam pad.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (January 26, 2020) – Big Agnes, the award-winning outdoor equipment brand, recently announced multiple new products made from sustainably sourced materials unique to their categories. These products include a collection of nine of the company’s most popular ultralight tents, now constructed from solution-dyed fabrics, and sleeping pads made with sugarcane extract. Already recognized as a leader in product innovation and materials sourcing, Big Agnes will be the first to introduce solution-dyed fabrics to tents and a sleeping pad made with a sugarcane-based foam.

“Big Agnes is committed to producing gear made from the most sustainable materials possible to help minimize our environmental impacts and increase the durability of our products,” said Bill Gamber, co-founder and president of Big Agnes. “The unique materials sourced for these tents and pads will help lower the energy consumption, water use and chemicals used for production. Our team is working hard to reduce our impacts, one tent and pad at a time.”

Big Agnes green closed-cell foam TwisterCane Biofoam Sleeping Pad made of sugarcane-based foam.
The Big Agnes TwisterCane Sleeping Pad

The solution-dyed fabrics used to create the fly and inner body of each of Big Agnes’ new collection of tents help reduce energy consumption by 80 percent and water use by 50 percent compared to traditional fabric dyeing methods. Fabrics woven from solution-dyed yarn are also more resistant to UV fade, which improves the overall quality and durability of the tents. Additionally, the production of the solution-dyed tents results in 80 percent fewer chemicals used in the fabric dyeing and finishing processes.

Key products in the nine-tent Solution-Dyed Tent collection include:

The closed-cell foam TwisterCane™ BioFoam Pad and companion Hiking Seat (coming March 2021) are engineered for ultralight backcountry trips, providing a firm, cushioned barrier that is durable, comfortable, and insulated. The TwisterCane pad and seat incorporate more than 60% sugarcane extract, an extremely sustainable material solution that is fully renewable and helps reduce the dependence on Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) while maintaining function, durability and warmth. The sugarcane is sourced using the Proforest Standards and helps contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions by CO2 capture.  The TwisterCane Pad was a finalist in the 2021 Outdoor Retailer Innovations Awards, which highlight the gear, brands and shops that are making an impact.

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About Big Agnes: Named for a peak in the nearby Mt. Zirkel Wilderness, Big Agnes®, Inc. is located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2021. The company produces award-winning sleeping bags, pads, tents, insulated apparel and camp furniture. For more information, visit www.bigagnes.com or call 1-877-554-8975.

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