Outdoor Apparel Brands with a Purpose

1. Plasticana

The first time I saw Plasticana Hemp Wellies, I spent a full five minutes holding them up to the light, trying to figure out what they were made of. These gorgeous and sustainable hemp shoes are only available for sale via retailer. Sizes and stock are very limited so this is a good investment for both you and the planet.

2. Arc’teryx ReGear

With the Arc’teryx ReGear program, you can trade in or purchase used outdoor clothing and gear at a discount. By sending these clothes back to the company for a gift card, you’re keeping them out of a landfill and doing the planet a favor. The company will repair, re-outfit, and restock the item online. Their FAQ explains the process further.

3. Parks Project

“Leave it better than you found it” is the motto of the Parks Project. This volunteer project works to preserve public land and partnered with the National Parks Dept. in 2016. Since then they’ve also collaborated with National Geographic and REI to donate over $2 million to wildlife restoration and keeping the parks clean.

4. Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks are “ugly for a reason“. They’re made of natural materials like cork, jute, wool felt, copper, and brass. They’re also made to protect our feet. Personally, I’ve never considered my feet healthy or unhealthy. Birkenstock aims to make shoes that keep your feet healthy by designing with orthopedics in mind.