We recently connected with experienced outdoorist Sonya Staples, Co-founder of Staples InTents, to talk about how anyone can get involved in Overlanding (and do it more sustainably). And just in time for their special event, no less: The Gathering, a weekend of outdoor adventure, nature, and skill-building in Colorado designed specifically for black and brown folks, who are frequently underrepresented and excluded from outdoor activities (Aug. 18-22). And since we can totally get behind people and projects that promote equality in the outdoors, we invited Sonya to tell us a bit about her and her husband Nacota, their journey, and how to be a more sustainable overlander. So read on for the 5 easy and useful tips!
When we travel, we tread lightly. We want to leave every place we visit better than we found it whether we’re backpacking, road tripping, visiting national parks, or jetting around the world. And while sustainable travel encompasses lots of different things, from which tours you book to what mode of transportation you use to get there to where you lay your head at night, what you pack can set you up for a more sustainable adventure. So no matter where you’re headed, for business, pleasure, or a bit of both, here are 5 things to pack so you can travel better.
Circularity. You might have seen it pop up every once in a while on Terradrift, our Instagram page, or over on YouTube. It’s a term we use fairly frequently. But you might not know precisely what it means. Or maybe you have a pretty good idea, but are foggy on a few of the details or aren’t really sure what it has to do with sustainability. So allow us to clear up a few deets regarding what circularity means and what the flaming Brazillian Jiujitsu it has to do with your outdoor clothing and gear.
You guys!!! Swiss sports brand On announced a move away from petroleum-based resources by creating a new foam material called CleanCloud™, made using carbon emissions as a raw material. On is the first company in the footwear industry to explore carbon emissions as a primary raw material for a shoe bottom unit, specifically EVA foam, that could also be used in other shoe parts and products in the future. This is some huge sciencey sustainability progress, here! Read this press release to learn how it all works!
Do you know what’s in your tent? What coatings and chemicals? Whether it’s treated with unsustainable PFC DWR treatments or chemically-dyed fabric? While most tent manufacturers these days put that sort of info front and center, there’s one thing not as many manufacturers are talking to consumers about: fire retardant tents.
We’ve noticed a trend taking root recently. Maybe you have, too: Stark white gear. White sleeping bags and tents and backpacks and more. But if our mothers taught us anything, it’s that white gets filthy, and fast, right? And outdoor activities certainly aren’t free from filth. So why are gear manufacturers ignoring this fact and starting to offer stark white, undyed outdoor gear that will definitely get smudged and sullied their first time out? Because they respect the planet, that’s why.
We’ve teamed up with The Nomadic Network to bring you a live event about how to make your camping trips more sustainable! So sign up and tune in to hang with us for a bit this June!
When it comes to outdoor clothing and gear, there are lots of sustainability terms and definitions that can cause confusion. Two important acronyms that we’re going to tackle here and now: PFCs and DWR. Are DWR treatments sustainable? And what are PFCs, for crying out loud? We’re going to break down what they are, why they’re bad for the environment, and how to avoid them.
When it comes to sustainability certifications, definitions and terms in the apparel and outdoor industry, there are always a ton of claims about sustainability flying around that mean all sorts of things. But what do they mean, really? Let’s break down some of the more common sustainability terms you need to know and what they mean right here, right now so you can gear up with more sustainable outdoor gear and clothing.
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.