Prana’s Zion pants are my go-to for hiking, climbing, and camping. They’re stretchy, soft, and comfortable. I have two pairs, both of which don’t require a belt (a huge plus when you’re folded in half on a rock face) and have lasted for several years of outdoors abuse.
If it’s chilly where you're going, a down jacket is an obvious choice. But the weakness of down jackets is that when they get wet, they pack down and lose their insulating properties. To deal with this, companies use PFC treatments on their down, but that is far from eco-friendly.
Instead, jackets made with Downtek use PFC-free water-repellent down which follows Bluesign-approved chemistry and responsible sourcing standards to ensure that neither animals nor the planet are harmed.
Big Agnes’ Chilton Sweater is a great option for spring, and with 700 fill power down and a ripstop nylon shell, this jacket should last for years unlike cheaper styles that might find their way to a landfill after one season.
The quality YKK zipper won’t let you down either and I love that the chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack because it allows me to throw it in my bag for any cold weather travel without worrying about losing it somewhere in the mountains.
The earth is mostly water, and if you find yourself on a boat this Earth Day, you might want to consider the disastrous impact of plastic waste on the world’s oceans.
Adidas’ Terrex CC Boat Shoe features a non-marking and draining sole. What really makes this shoe great for the ocean is that the upper is made with plastic waste that was intercepted before it reached the ocean from beaches and coastal communities. The shoes are also produced with a ZeroDye technique that doesn't use colorful yet harmful dyes in an effort to reduce use of water, chemicals, and electricity.
If you want to take some of the glare off the ocean, Zeal Optics makes a great gift or just a sustainable option any time you’re looking for a new pair of shades. I particularly love the timeless style and crystal-clear lens quality of the men’s Boone and women’s Isabelle glasses.
This year, during Earth Month (and year-round at REI stores), Zeal Optics will plant a tree for every pair of glasses you buy. Impressively enough, this is in addition to its commitment to 1% for the Planet. The brand uses plant-based materials in all its products and packaging, and soy-based inks on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper made with post-consumer recycled content.
Farm to Feet makes stylish socks in sustainability-focused factories in the U.S. with raw materials and wool also sourced in the U.S. This cut downs on the environmental impact of shipping and ensures animal welfare. Its stylish Max Patch socks make a great gift for anyone who loves to hike.
Bee's Wrap not only produces its product sustainably and gives back to good causes (in this case, Five Gyres, a non-profit focused on reducing plastic pollution) but using a reusable wrap instead of the plastic version reduces so much waste. I use Bee's Wrap for everything from cheese to cookies almost every day, and it has really reduced my plastic waste and upped my packed lunch game.