INSPIRING OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS GIFTS INSPIRED BY THE OUTDOORS (TRY + BUY)

, 2016, December 4 /

with the holidays in full swing and gift giving and recieving in the air, i can’t help but think about the environmental troubles we face that are connected to consumerism, waste + non-usable materials for convenience.

what if you could change the world, one purchase at a time?

that’s not the real question. the real question is, do you believed that there is power in your purchases? will you take action to prove it?

change doesn’t happen because of the big things, it happens because of collections of hundreds and thousands of small things that add up.

 

you are a part of this collection of small things. you have an opportunity to force change.

conscious consumerism is an awareness that has been growing in magnitude in my life for years now. it began with decisions to reduce the consumption of meat, fast + processed foods. then trickled over to less toxic products for my body and household. the more i learned about what i was putting into and on my body, the more aware i became of the bigger effects i had the opportunity to be a part of. and this knowledge revealed that my power is bigger than just deciding the be vegetarian to be healthier or buying from farmers markets to support local economy.

it is about shifting the way people think, which shifts the way people act.

 

power lies in the “because” behind consumption.

we buy out of necessity, convenience and emotion. but what if these purchases, no matter the reason, shifted from mindless exchanges of the most convenient and cheapest resources. what if we only purchased products that support equal existence from the ways workers are paid and treated to the impacts they make on the world we’re living in. what if your purchases contributed to reducing the effects on the environment + supported causes that need a little extra help mending the damages we’ve already done to mother earth.

the good news is that they can. there’s a whole community of people out there who not only feel compelled for change, but have taken action to make this happen.

with the gift giving season in full swing, i put together a little gift guide with outdoor adventuring in mind. below you will find a few great brands + companies i’ve discovered this year who not only are producing quality products, but they’re also taking positive, proactive steps for change. before you make your next purchase, take a few to think about what power your dollar, words and actions have in the world of commerce. and perhaps let that thought lead the way to actions. actions that will change the way you, your community and the world you live in buys. one purchase at a time. you can be the beginning of small changes that can create big changes.

 

xx,

e

E'S 2016 GO TO GIFT GUIDE OF CONSUMER CONSCIOUS GOODS FOR THE OUTDOORS

PLANT BASED + RECYCLED SURF BOARDS

by moss research

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY • RECYCLED • SUSTAINABLE

what //

eco-flex boards crafted from 70% plant based + recycled materials

how much // 

surfboards begin around $700

where //

located in san diego, you can schedule an appointment for a custom board or purchase one directly through the website

 

why + consumption with a because //

lasts twice as long and produces 90% less volatle organic compounds than the standard poly/pu board. resin is plant based derived from waste stream resources bypassing issues related to petroleum usage. blanks are 50-100% recycled with a 1% absorption rate after 24 hours of submersion. this means less energy, waste and negative impacts with the use of these custom made boards.

ADVENTURE BLANKET

by urban barrels

REPURPOSED  •  RECYCLED  •  CALIFORNIA MADE

what //

the sail blanket is made with recycled sailboat sails

how much // 

starting at $70, your doe will get you one of these puppies to keep you warm while you’re out adventuring on the upcoming cold winter nights or for $120, you can get two. one for you and one to share with a friend.

where //

as their third major product, the sail blanket is currently in the crowd-funding phase and available for backing through their kickstarter campaign. with just 15 days to go these blankers have been funded and are set to begin shipping out this december. made in california, there won’t be any extra lull time shipping from overseas.

 

why + consumption with a because //

urban barrels takes old + unused sailboat sails and repurposes them into stuff. this give something old, new life and is proactively reducing the waste sent to landfills. they strive to create durable, sustainable and quality products that helps support the local economy and reduces the carbon footprint contributed while manufacturing their products.

NATURAL SUNSCREEN

by raw elements

NON GMO PROJECT VERIFIED • NATURAL PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION CERTIFIED • RANKED #1 ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP • CRUELTY FREE • CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE COSMETICS CERTIFIED • EWG SUN SAFE • USA MADE

what //

certified natural sunscreen + products

how much // 

you can get a body, face + balm package for $41.95 or order each individually

where //

buy hassle free right from their website or check your the shelves at your local outdoor retailer

 

why + consumption with a because //

this stuff is stacked up with certifications + safe for your skin and the playgrounds you swim, hike, pack, lay (ect.) in. not only are did think about the safety of the living beings it comes in contact with, but they’re making changes in packaging to be plastic free which gains extra enviro points. it’s a safe, but serious sun protector that will stay all day while leaving minimal impacts, wherever you choose to play.

HANDCRAFTED HOME DECOR

by timberwave

REPURPOSED  •  RECYCLED  •  CALIFORNIA MADE

what //

surf inspired clocks + home decor

how much // 

clocks start at $34.95 + shipping w/o numbers, $39.95 w/ numbers

where //

shop the stock on their etsy page will get your gifts under the tree this december or collaborate on a custom piece for a later arrival

 

why + consumption with a because //

a collaborative project, timberwave clocks are designed + crafted using 100% solar power printing and cutting methods. all wood materials are sustainably sourced with a portion of proceeds going to the preservation of their hometown through the san clemente beach conservation program. the clocks feature wood printed, surf inspired images from local + international photographers and are built by clay, his wife + bro in the garage of their home in san clemente, ca. merging art, craftsmanship + eco-conscious efforts, these surf clocks are one of a kind.

NETS TO DECKS SKATEBOARD

by bureo

REPURPOSED  •  RECYCLED  •  CALIFORNIA MADE  •  CERTIFIED B CORPORATION  •  SUSTAINABLE  •  ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS  •  1% FOR THE PLANET MEMBER

what //

the ahi performance cruiser skateboard is a 27 inch board. it’s 9 inches wide with a double kicktail design that includes a concave deck. it is durable and rigid in order to maintains stability and stiffness in all riding conditions + made from recycled fishing nets. scroll the site for other sweet boards, bureo gear + packages for purchase.

how much // 

$195 + shipping

where //

direct from the web to you

 

why + consumption with a because //

bureo’s motto is from nets to decks. they pull fishing nets from the bottom of the ocean and recycle them into skateboards. their recycling program net positiva based out of chile, provides fishing net collection points to keep plastic fishing nets out of our oceans. this program focuses on preventing harmful materials from entering the ocean in order to protect wildlife and supporting local fishing communities through financial incentives.

95% RECYCLED PERFORMANCE SHOES

by adidas | parley

RECYCLED  •  ECO-INNOVATION

what //

the ultraboost uncaged parley is a high performance sneaker made of 95% ocean plastics pulled from the maldives and other recycled materials

how much // 

$200 or so bucks puts you in the “beginning of the end of ocean plastics” club with adidas | parley

where //

they only created around 7,000 for their launch, released mid-november. a sneakerhead’s dream come true, they seem to be a bit scarce on the web + you may have better luck in store or waiting for continued production throughout 2017.

why + consumption with a because //

these shoes are a collabo effort between adidas + parley for oceans with a goal of demonstrating how the industry could rethink design + help stop ocean plastic pollution. adidas is committed to creating a minimum of one million pairs of ultraboost from parley ocean plastics by the end of 2017. this is a huge damage undoing effort and proactive, positive actions by frontrunners in the apparel industry. the smart ones will follow.

SURF + YOGA MATS

by suga

RECYCLED  •  REPURPOSED • ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS • SUSTAINABLE • 1% FOR THE PLANET MEMBER

what //

yoga mats made from recycled wetsuits

how much // 

$25 – $99 for various sized mats

where //

direct through the suga site

 

why + consumption with a because //

neoprene is non-biodegradable, suga is helping to reduce carbon footprints connected to surfing by repurposing these landfill clogging suits into useful mats for the yoga + surf lifestyle. they’re located in southern california and have programs designed to collect + repurpose wetsuits as well as their old mats into new goods.

ECO-CONSCIOUS ACTIVEWEAR

by teeki

RECYCLED  •  REPURPOSED • ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS • SUSTAINABLE • USA MADE

what //

women’s eco conscious activewear line in a full range of prints + styles

how much // 

$20.80+ for tops, $29.90+ for bottoms

where //

purchase through the teeki website

why + consumption with a because //

in the world of fashion, finding conscious brands is the biggest statement that you can make. teeki’s line is made from fabric that’s spun from fibers made out of recycled water bottles here in us. this helps to eliminate waste in landfills + oceans, reduces carbon footprints with production + transportation. they also support various non-profit organizations dedicated to ocean conservation, ending plastic pollution and protecting marine life.

NATURAL MEN’S SKIN CARE

by oars + alps

NATURAL, EARTH SOURCED INGREDIENTS •  CRUELTY FREE • RECYCABLE  •  1% PROFIT DONATION

what //

toxin-free skin care line for active men

how much // 

$12 – $18 for individual products or grab the full line for $44

where //

click + ship directly from the oars + alps website

 

why + consumption with a because //

a great skincare regimen isn’t just for women and shouldn’t be ignored by men of the outdoors. with their active adventure guys in mind, co-founders crafted a skincare line from natural ingredients designed to cleanse, protect and not harm the faces of their beaus. they loved it so much, they bottled it for you or a dude you love too. knowing that what you put in and on your body matters, they also give 1% to non-profit organizations fighting skin cancer to further seal the deal of why they’re passionate about good products.

FOREVER USE WATER BOTTLE

by miir

 CERTIFIED B CORPORATION  •  SUSTAINABLE  •  ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS  •  5% PROFIT FOR PROJECTS

what //

double wall insulated reusable hydration line including bottles, growlers, cups and food storage containers

how much // 

$9.95 – $54.95 depending on the style, size and model. spend the extra change + get the double walled vaccum insulated model

where //

you can purchase directly from the site or in selected retail stores

why + consumption with a because //

if you’re not using a reusable bottle for hydration yet, i’m questioning what rock you’ve been hiding under. there’s hundreds of cool, sleek and for all purposes bottles, designs and companies out there to choose from. miir caught my attention for all the bonus benefits they have to offer. being a b-corp and contributing 5% of sales (not profits) to trackable giving projects like construction + rehabilitation of water systems in southeast asia. you don’t have to choose miir, but with their product line up, customization, and givebacks, i am not sure why you would not.

PLANT-BASED WETSUIT

by patagonia

NON-NEOPRENE • PLANT BASED •  CERTIFIED B CORPORATION  •  SUSTAINABLE  •  ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS  •  FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED • 1% FOR THE PLANET • ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT PROGRAMS

what //

r2 yulex wetsuit is 100% non-neoprene. made of recycled polyester + plant-based biorubber. designed for cooler waters of 55-60 degrees fahrenheit

how much // 

$169 – $529 depending on the style

where //

online or in patagonia retail locations

 

why + consumption with a because //

there’s a connection with getting outside that the resources we utilize to keep us out there often invades + destroys. companies like patagonia not only sees the social + environmental responsibility, but are making massive efforts for change. they said it best with, ” by choosing renewable natural rubber, we’re reducing co2 emissions by up to ~80% when compared to conventional, nonrenewable neoprene—causing less harm to the planet we love and the oceans that give us waves to ride.” they’re my biggest company crush for a number of reasons ranging from the products they produce, the givebacks they contribute and their defense for the environment. this is just one more reason why they’re top of my list and the price is well worth the payoff.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW CONSCIOUS, PROACTIVE BRANDS OUT THERE LEADING THE WAY FOR POSITIVE CHANGE IN CONSUMERISM.

 

 

 

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