Just in Time — Green Gear and Gift Guide
If you’re looking for green travel gear for yourself or a favorite eco-traveller on your shopping list, the folks at Sustainable Travel International have put together just the guide for you. And it’s free, and just a click away.
The products in the guide are produced using resource-efficient, recycled, renewable, and/or recyclable materials, says STI, and in many cases, are offered by distributors that gain fair prices for the local producers of their goods.
A few highlights….
For hikers, STI suggests solar-powered backpacks, which will keep your electronics gear powered up while you walk. Voltaic Systems has a cool assortment, mainly around $200 and up. Backpacks made from recycled materials, but without the solar array, are cheaper — $39 and up at Earthpak.
Vulcana Inc. uses recycled tires and recycled rubber as a leather alternative. They also use hemp, which needs no pesticides or chemicals to grow. Their little rubber envelope bag is only $15, and if it’s true that that the dreaded fanny pack is back… you can find one here, called a “waist pack,” for $39.
For hungry travlers, Mary Janes Farm offers packable organic meals, from soup to bread and beans to chocolate mousse.
The Gear Guide also features bikes and electric scooters, camp stoves and ovens, cooking and cleaning products, canoeing and kayaking, a long list of clothing suppliers, plus snowboards, skateboards, surfboards, and sunblock. That seems to be just about everything you could possibly need to spend the rest of your life outdoors and travelling.
And one more thing — for the pet, or pet-lover, on your list, the Good Dog Company offers earth-friendly hemp collars and leashes and more.