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In our This For That Guides, you will find tips, inspiration, and our humble advice, all on how living a social good lifestyle will positively impact our well-being, community and planet.

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IDEAS AND TIPS TO EASILY TAKE IN YOUR OUTDOOR LIFE

What's the Gear When Going Outdoors?

Backpacks, utensils, jackets, rain flap, camping stoves, and more. If you haven't noticed, we love outdoor gears of all types, sizes, and colors (guilty!). And yes, a weatherproof tent when camping in Mt. Rainier or a stainless steel straw when sipping are absolutely needed. The hiking and outdoor equipment market in the US has expanded significantly and total revenue in this industry reached US $18 billion in 2020. The average person spends US$283 on gear. In many ways, this is fantastic news because it means we are heading outdoors, enjoying nature, and breathing a namaste breath. At Hey Social Good, all this gear purchasing can be great for our communities and planet too. What's exciting these days is that large and small brands are making gear with purpose, and this means using scrap materials to design a tough day pack or providing computers to small farmers who can better track soil health and water needs.

In addition to giants like Patagonia, we have discovered small and medium size brands who are looking to a triple bottom line model of profit, people, and planet. One of our favorite brands is Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand that works to impart their social good by sourcing responsibly, using scraps to make beautiful, colorful back packs, and hold life changing quests in major cities around the country to get people active, aware, and have fun. Check out a Questival event coming to your city. And, we are so in love with Sunski because each pair of sunglasses is made out of recycled products, and its affordability pricing is an added bonus.

So, excuse our gushing because this is what gets us motivated everyday: finding and sharing with you do good and sustainable brands, and just good peeps trying to do the right thing in their own way. We imagine the amazing good impact achieved if every one of the 18 million companies in the US think, act, and impact in such a way. Imagine with us and help make it happen with your next social good purchase!

Savvy tips you should know

01.

What's Current?

Hiking and outdoor gear brands tend to favor seeking and using recycled products. Next time, peek longer at that tag and look for recycled materials used to make your gear. And, if it's not 100% recycled, let's not dismiss it. If it's 50% recycled materials, let's celebrate the effort to take that sustainable journey. We'll be honest, when we dug into the world of fabric sourcing, we couldn't believe how super confusing it is (don't worry, we'll have an in-depth piece on this). It can be expensive, political, and all around, challenging to get the right materials to meet your own brand's sustainable goals. This is why, we love those brands who just started with a purpose and are working on any level of positive impact. This means we celebrate partial recycled materials, partial organic cotton materials, and efforts to get their manufacturing operations or materials certified by the many clothing certifications out there.

02.

Tips & Tricks

Increase the many roles of your shoes and wear your trail running shoes for hiking and a quick jaunt to the store. In this way, you are still buying your favorite pair of shoes, but using it in many functions. For this reason, you can probably splurge on a better quality pair since it'll last longer. Oh, and many brands who back up their quality will fix your shoes so they can last another 100 miles!

03.

This for That

A few favorite ways to buy sustainable gear:

  • Plastic Sunglasses → Bamboo/Recycled Sunglasses
  • New tent → Used tent from REI/Patagonia
  • Plastic camping cups → Stainless camping cups

04.

Lingo To Know

  • PET - polyethylene terephthalate is a highly recyclable plastic resin
  • RE-PET - Recycling PET into new products like beverage containers, bags, tees, and more
  • Bio Plastic - materials made from renewable vegetables like fats, corn stach, straw, woodchip (although not the perfect solution, it's better than plastic)

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