Our Favorite Sustainable Gear for Your Next Adventure

By Kelley Louise

Planning for an adventure and realize that you need some new gear for your trip? We’ve rounded up a collection of awesome brands where you can buy the backpacks, shoes and hammocks you need – all made from sustainable materials and where your purchase supports projects to clean up our oceans, create fair trade jobs and plant trees around the world. See how your new gear can also do some good.

Cotopaxi

From backpacks to jackets, Cotopaxi has a great collection of all of your outdoor attire needs, plus a large selection of gear and accessories (from sleeping bags to water bottles and more). Their products are well-designed essentials, crafted with pops of color that add a subtle touch of whimsy to each piece. One of our favorite tried and tested products is their Allpa travel pack, a bag which makes it incredibly easy to stay organized while on the go.

Cotopaxi works to integrate sustainability into their entire supply chain – whether it’s making gear from leftover fabric or ensuring that products are crafted under fair working conditions. They’re also a certified B-Corp, and donate 2% of all revenue toward projects to alleviate poverty (like International Rescue Committee and Educate Girls).

REI

Your one-stop shop for pretty much everything outdoor-related, REI has everything from hiking boots to tents, cooking supplies, camera gear and more. For those looking to get everything they need for an outdoor adventure at one location, REI is a solid bet.

In 2018, REI launched a company-wide system to set baseline standards for sustianability for every item in their stores. The requirements take both environmental and social impacts into account, and they've now made it easy to search for products that are fair trade certified, made with recycled materials or sewn with organic cotton.

Coalatree Organics

Simplicity meets functionality with Coalatree Organics products – thoughtfully-designed pieces that, as they eloquently put it, embrace and value the delicate balance between fashion and function.

Coalatree works to decrease their environmental footprint by using renewable energy sources, recycled materials and organic growing methods, and also strive to support local communities through promoting initiatives around the world that improve and support farmers.

We're particularly keen on the Kachula blanket – and you can feel even better about your purchase knowing that a portion of the proceeds go directly toward production costs of creating another blanket to donate to a person in need. And for those looking for the perfect lounge-meets-hiking-pants-hybrid, look no further than the trailhead pants.

Reef

For our ocean lovers, get your beach fix and work toward conservation efforts simultaneously with Reef's new line of Earth Friendly Styles – sandals and flip flops designed for comfort with sustainability in mind.

At Reef they've been working to make their production more sustainable, including the use of energy efficient models, banning single-use plastics and adding Eco-One to their product packaging (an organic additive that enhances the biodegradation process). They also partnered with Surfrider to create the Better Beach Alliance, so every product you buy from them supports beach clean-ups.

Sherpa Adventure Gear

Sherpa Adventure Gear is a well-designed and beautiful line of purposeful gear for the global adventurer. Sherpa Gear ranges from activewear like outerwear and insulation to casual styles, such as dresses, skirts and bracelets, and each thoughtful piece is made with a focus on positive impact for Nepal.
The line is both eco-conscious as well as community-focused. 55% of the products on the website are ethically made in Nepal, and purchases go toward empowering local communities through meaningful employment and education. Since 2008, the company has created jobs for more than 900 people in Nepal.

prAna

Style meets comfort with prAna , a sustainable fashion line for both men and women. The line has swimwear, sportswear and casual wear, but what really catches our eye is their collections for adventure – travel necessities, yogawear and climbing attire. For those seeking activewear that doesn't scream workout vibes, look no further than prAna.

The company has a deep commitment to sustainability, and breaks down their impact model into three main tiers: 1) using materials from sustainable sources, 2) treating their workers fairly and 3) implementing innovatative processes and partnerships to improve the industry (such as responsible forest initiatives). Good looking clothes that you can feel good about – count us in.

Adidas / Parley

Adidas recently rolled out a partnership with Parley to sew ocean plastic into thread for shoes and activewear. We love the innovative model to raise awareness about decreasing the use of single-use plastics, and even more, we love how the partnership goes deeper than just production... Adidas launched their Run for the Oceans campaign to help end marine plastic pollution. They are donate $1 for every kilometer registered runners complete (capped at $1 million USD) to the Parley Ocean Plastic Program.

And it doesn't stop there – runners can shop the entire Adidas line knowing that their purchases are doing some good. Adidas has a sustainability policy that is focused on conserving water and energy use, innovating materials and processes and empowering communities. Go here to learn more about their approach to sustainabiliy and 2020 targets.

S’well

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably spotted a S'well bottle in your day-to-day life in the past week or so. It seems like as soon as you've become aware of their existence, you're spotting S'well bottles everywhere. We can really get behind their mission of working to rid the world of single-use plastic bottles, and we also love that it's a woman-founded and female-run project with a strong give back model. Oh, and the bottles are sleek, stylish and they come in a ton of different styles to customize to your personality. Need we say more?

Tree Tribe

What if you could help to combat climate change through something as simple as buying your next outfit? Tree Tribe is a lifestyle brand with products ranging from clothing to reusable bags, sunglasses and more – and they plant 10 trees for every purchase made from their brand.

We should also mention our obsession with their leaf leather products, items made from an innovative plant based leather alternative made from tree leaves. Leaf leather products are made from sustainably sourced plant materials, and as each plant is unique, each product tells a different story.

Teeki

Did you know that it takes more than 400 years for plastic bottles to biodigrade? But through an innovative approach of transforming recycled plastic water bottles into fabric – and eventually, beautiful clothing pieces – Teeki is helping to combat the plastic pollution problem. Every pound of Teeki that's produced conserves the equivelant of half a gallon of gasoline, so you can feel good about looking good.

We're particularly smitten with Teeki's bold prints on their leggings, which are great for everything from hiking in the jungle to doing yoga in the desert.

Disclaimer: We hand-picked all the brands on this list because we love what they do, but Lokal may also earn a commission when you use some of the links on this page.

Kelley Louise

She's the Marketing Maven at Lokal and a travel entrepreneur passionate about storytelling and social good - you can find more from Kelley over at The Culture Collective and Impact Travel Alliance where she's working to transform the travel industry.