Thursday, 19 July 2007

MY SHOW: 2007 - year of the eco-products

Live from OutDoor 2007: Eco friendly outdoor gear is the name of the game at this year's OutDoor show. Recycled fleece from Patagonia and earth friendly Polartec fabrics made of corn and bamboo have been around for a while, but all of a sudden, everybody in outdoor land is waking up to the eco-loving vibe.

Nearly every company we chatted to today is re-jigging its clothing, equipment and production methods in a planet saving way. We're going to be seeing more recycled fleeces, backpacks, softshells and jackets hitting the shelves in the coming months.

Marmot are about to launch a sleeping bag insulated with recycled plastic bottles and using a recycled outer fabric. The Eco Pro bag series uses 82-95% recycled materials and is part of the whole company's 'Ecolution', a drive towards greener outdoor gear.

Claire Maxted, staff writer.