Something that frustrates me to no end is garbage on hiking trails, even when snowshoeing in winter! And what often is that garbage? Oh, I am sure you can guess it: empty disposable water bottles. 16.9 ounces of thin plastic, at home in the heather. Or jammed into a tree root.
On any popular hike in summer I often spot (and pick up!) 3 to 4 of them. Walk under the ski lifts in summer and the ground is littered with old bottles, casually dropped over the side during winter. It grinds my teeth, simply because….what do the litter bugs think is going to happen to them? Magically disappear? The saddest thing is the PCT trail runs under various ski runs, as it crosses the passes in Oregon and Washington States. And yet, there is waste, defiling a National Scenic Trail! Even locally at home we see this problem.
Thankfully, the boys are good at spotting them, crushing with a heel, and tucking in a side pocket on a pack. We live in a county that has one of the most progressive recycling programs in the United States as well, so once home, in the big can it goes. Or if we are hiking at Mt. Rainier National Park, dropped into the recycling cans at the trailhead.
So what is Repreve?
REPREVE is a recycled fiber that helps turn plastic bottles you recycle into cool stuff you can wear and use every day. Now there’s no excuse not to recycle! And I can tell you I have worn outdoor clothing made with this before, you’d never know what it came from. It is soft, durable and holds up to abuse.
A lot of brands you love use REPREVE to make their products greener:
• Volcom graphic t-shirts are made with REPREVE, using 2 recycled plastic bottles.
• One Patgonia fleece jacket with REPREVE has 40 recycled plastic bottles, so you can be a real “active-ist.”
• Life Khaki by Haggar uses REPREVE to put 7 recycled plastic bottles in every pair of pants; so wear what you believe.
The North Face, Polartec, Patagonia, Beija-Flor, Lauren Conrad’s XO(eco) by Blue Avocado, Swiftwick socks, and more.
The U.S. plastic bottle recycling rate is less than 30 percent—so less than one-third of all plastic bottles get recycled. Most people don’t think about what happens to plastic bottles after you recycle them. So REPREVE is on a mission to get the word out: Just recycle more. And buy REPREVE products.
And to celebrate the 2014 X Games, REPREVE invites participants to share how they “turn it green”, or how they live a more sustainable life by recycling or reusing materials, by sharing an image or video on Twitter, Instagram or Vine with the hashtag #TurnItGreen and tag @REPREVE.
– You can submit entries from 1/17 – 2/2
– Voting will take place: 2/3 – 2/7
– The winner will be announced: 2/10
Grand Prize: $5,000 cash
Once you share the image or video with the hashtag, your entry will be judged on creativity, extent of turning it green, and brand relevance. There will be 4 entries selected as finalists, where they will be voted on by visitors to Repreve.The image or video with the most votes will win a $5,000 cash prize. The other 3 finalists will receive a REPREVE Jacket and a Go-Pro camera (retail valued at over $500).
REPREVE will take recycling to new heights with a special green event at the 2014 Winter X Games Aspen (Jan. 23-26, 2014).
Professional snowboarder Elena Hight, REPREVE’s brand ambassador, will compete in the Women’s Superpipe in a bright green Volcom jacket made with REPREVE (from 50 recycled plastic bottles). REPREVE will hand out free beanies (6 recycled plastic bottles) to fans at the Women’s Final Superpipe event, to wear and line the pipe with REPREVE green.
It’s not just about free swag, though. This is an event with a serious mission: to show the world that we have to get everybody involved in recycling—to create a reprieve for the planet.
FTC Disclosure: Thanks to REPREVE for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging us to #TurnItGreen