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At Bogong, we pride ourselves on our knowledge and love of the outdoors, something we share with you. To continue to enjoy the incredible adventures we have in nature, we must take care of our environment. We want to represent brands that align with our own and our customers' values. More and more of the brands and products we stock are embracing the importance of sustainability. The effects on our environment are minimised by companies investing in new manufacturing and selling practices.
Here are the companies, brands and products we think deserve a spotlight:
- La Sportiva Climbing Shoes
- Exped Mats
- prAna ReZion
- Sterling Xeros
- prAna RPM
- Outdoor Research
- Friends of the Earth
- Rab Arc Eco Jacket
- La Sportiva Hiking Boots
- Deuter Speed Lite 25L Daypack
Y&Y Vertical Climbing Balls
Y&Y Climbing Balls are a piece of training equipment designed for climbers and gym-goers looking to improve their open-hand grip strength and upper body power. Made from recycled rubberwood, these balls are smooth to the touch and kind to your skin, they come in three sizes (8 cm, 10 cm, 12 cm) for varying levels of difficulty. The spherical shapes encourage an open hand grip which intern focuses heavily on improving your hand grip and forearm strength whilst performing pull-ups. Suitable for beginners and experienced climbers.
- Dimensions: 8 cm
- Weight (8 cm): 180 g (per unit)
- Sold as a pair
La Sportiva Finale 2022 Rock Climbing Shoes
The La Sportiva Finale 2022 is the rock climbing shoe with enhanced comfort, perfect for long routes. Maximum attention to the environment and to the theme of sustainability with upper in metal free eco-tanning, laces obtained from recycled end-of-life materials and sole designed to facilitate the resoling process that extends the life cycle of the product while respecting the environment.
- 40% of the shoes’ weight are eco components (laces, webbing, microfiber eyestay and leather) and contribute to a reduced environmental impact
- Eco leather utilizes an ecological tanning process free of heavy metals and is biodegradable
- Weight: 480g (mens pair), 450g (womens pair)
- Upper: Suede calfskin, leather, microfiber
- Lining: None
- Midsole: 1.1mm full-length LaspoFlex
- Construction: Slip lasted
- Fit: Medium asymmetry
- Sensitivity: (1 = less sensitive; 5 = more sensitive): 3
- Rigidity: (1 = soft; 5 = stiff): 4
Deuter Speed Lite 25 Daypack
The Deuter Speed Lite 25 Daypack is speedy, light and sustainable thanks to deuter’s Lite back system, vest-style, perforated shoulder straps, supple hip fins, precision-adjustable sternum strap and 100% recycled, bluesign® certified body fabric. Designed for fast-paced hiking and trail running, side compression straps effectively reduce load wobble and enable full range of movement. While a pocket on the shoulder straps keeps everything that you need on the trail handy.
- 100% recycled pre-consumer waste
- PFC free
- Weight: 710g
- Volume: 25L
- Dimensions: 55 x 29 x 19cm
- Back length: 44 - 54cm
La Sportiva TX Hike Mid Leather GTX Hiking Boots
The La Sportiva TX Hike Mid Leather GTX Hiking Boots are dedicated to modern day hiking and made with eco-friendly components. It combines La Sportiva’s own Mountain DNA solutions with Mountain Running® derived technologies for a lightweight, comfortable and sustainable product. 90% of its weight is eco-friendly!
- Upper (including toe cap and counter) made of suede leather and water repellent treatment 100% PFC Free
- New Bluesign®-certified Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort laminate obtained by recycling end-of-life plastic materials - it allows maximum waterproofing and breathability while reducing environmental impact
- Vibram® Eco Step Evo tread with hiking oriented lugs for maximum grip
- Collar made of 100% recycled material
- Bluesign®-certified Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort lining made from recycled end-of-life plastic materials
- 100% recycled laces
- Webbing made of 100% recycled material
- Weight: 880g mens, 810g womens (pair)
- Upper: Suede leather + anti-abrasion mesh collar made of recycled material
- Lining: BlueSign®-certified Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort
- Footbed: Ortholite® Hybrid Mountain Hiking 5mm, made using 20% recycled content
- Midsole: Compression molded EVA with co-molded stabilizing insole, made using 15% recycled content
- Outsole: Vibram® Ecostep Evo, made from a minimum of 30% recycled rubber
Rab Arc Eco Jackets
The Rab Arc Eco Jacket is Rab's first jacket to utilise 3-layer Pertex® Shield Revolve. This waterproof and breathable fabric is constructed from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester. This means the jacket’s face fabric, membrane and backer are made up of a single polymer, which makes it much easier to recycle at the end of its life. This revolutionary construction reduces the impact of production and improves the chances of closing the loop on polyester’s life cycle.
The Rab Arc Eco has a fluorocarbon-free DWR finish to further boost waterproof performance. It features an adjustable mountain hood with a laminated peak and a fleece lined chin guard for comfort. It has a drawcord hem, anti-snag hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs and YKK® AquaGuard® zips throughout. Two easy access, A-line chest pockets will easily hold gloves or a map, and for added packability the jacket stuffs down into its own pocket.
Ideal for all outdoor activities and mountain adventures, this hard-wearing waterproof jacket is a sustainable choice.
- Recycled materials
Pertex® Revolve Fabric
Made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester, Pertex® Shield Revolve is made from a polyester face, polyester membrane, and polyester backer. This monopolymer, or single type of material, not only has a reduced impact during production but it also paves the way to be recycled again at the end of its life. The fabric is super soft to the touch, quiet when in use, lightweight and very comfortable to wear. It has a 20 m HH and a 15,000 MVTR with a fluorocarbon-free DWR treatment.
Friends of the Earth Melbourne: Forests
The natural beauty of the playgrounds we explore as outdoor adventurers is beyond doubt. It only takes a thought about the difference between going for a run on a treadmill or a run on a trail to know that instinctual pull to these outdoor wonders. But the lungs of Victoria, our world renowned forests, are still under threat.
Did you know that Victoria’s ash forests store more carbon than any other studied forest in the world? Did you know that these vital ecosystems are collapsing? Due to the industrial clear-fell logging for things like pallets and climate-fuelled bushfires ravaging our forests, we are losing them.
Built by advocates for the Earth, its underrepresented people and issues, Friends of the Earth Melbourne has grown into a leading environmental and social justice organisation. Since their inception in 1973, FoEM has mobilised Melbournians and Australians to resist oppressive, institutionalised systems and stand up for justice.
It is FoEM’s vision to amplify local solutions in affected regions to defend our critical ecosystem, the Victorian forests. With the combined work of grassroot environmental groups, First Nation custodians and regional advocates, FoEM is pushing our government for a “faster, fairer transition…to end native forest logging.”
This week, we saw an incredible announcement that all clearfell logging will end in Victoria by January 1st. This is a huge moment for the movement who have worked tirelessly to defend forests; however there are many threats which still face the forests in the meantime.
“If we don't act now, Victoria's last remaining forests could be clear-felled to satisfy pulp contracts for cheap packaging – compromising the long-term wellbeing of all Victorians in a time of climate, ecological, and economic crisis.”
Join Bogong in supporting Friends of the Earth Melbourne Forest initiative to help battle the destruction of our beautiful forests. We need continued action so this natural beauty can be witnessed, explored and loved by all. We can live in a world where our forests are respected, but only if we push for change. Here in Victoria, we need to see through the transition plan in a way which truly protects and restores the forests.
“Outdoor Research was built to protect people outdoors, and that work often begins indoors.”
The values instilled into a brand from its inception are reflected in their practices today. This is something Bogong staff learned in their most recent staff training night, where we were joined by Outdoor Research (OR) to introduce their upcoming season’s gear.
It was founder of OR Ron Gregg who devoted his life to resolving issues with gear for his own enjoyment of the outdoors, his “Big Office.” After a failed attempt of Denali, which left his friend frostbitten and airlifted to safety, Ron reacted by taking responsibility. This was his issue he needed to fix. Then the first X-Gaiter arrived. This responsibility and action has shaped the company today.
Responsible manufacturing looks like having a diverse range of actionable, achievable yet ambitious goals that put the environment first. Like how OR have committed to having all North American operations be run by 100% renewable energy.
Responsibility looks like formulating partnerships with the industry to not just create targets for you, but to institute an expectation for other brands and companies to follow. Like how OR, founding members of the Climate Action Corps, are making changes to push the outdoor industry to becoming the world’s first climate positive industry by 2030. Learn more about this here.
Responsibility looks like putting in place a supplier code of conduct, utilising responsibly sourced Down, partnering with bluesign and producing garments with recycled materials. OR has done all of this.
Yes, we can agree that responsibility can share its place as top billed overused word with Sustainability! But it’s the action behind the word that gives it is power. Outdoor Research encapsulates responsibility, from inside to out.
prAna Responsible Packaging Movement (RPM)
It’s 2010. While the very first iPad was hitting shelves and One Direction was being formed, PrAna made the decision to reduce plastic in their clothing’s protective wrapping. A grassroots reimagining of apparel product packaging grew into an industry wide shift toward reducing waste.
With the driving principle to create Clothing for Positive Change, PrAna made practices to respect their promise to the planet and its people. As of 2021, they achieved this by eliminating plastic from all consumer packaging. This doesn’t mean they’re finished. PrAna’s next mission is to exclude any materials used in ancient or endangered forests and by 2025 stop the use of all virgin forest fibres.
While they continue to push their own standards of practice, PrAna has called to action other brands to join in their eradication of excess packaging waste. These include brands stocked at Bogong, like Exped, Salomon and Outdoor Research to name a few.
Learn about the #ReshapePackaging movement and more about how PrAna is approaching sustainability here.
New dry rope technology that is more effective, wear resistant and better for the environment.
Sterling XEROS is the culmination of a three year development by Sterling and their bluesign® certified nylon yarn supplier. This exclusive partnership created the new XEROS technology; a rethinking on how to make UIAA-Certified dry rope that’s a better all-around rope, while also being better for the environment.
Most dry ropes on the market are given a coating or liquid bath treatment, which covers the full rope once it has been made. Sterling’s approach takes a step back, providing water resistance to each nylon filament, before being twisted into the yarn that makes your rope.
Both the core and sheath are now protected because of this process. You can expect far better water resistance in the rope. Treating the fibres at filament level means the bathing treatment process is scrapped, removing most of the chemical waste in making ropes and therefore reducing waste.
Sterling utilises a yarn supplier who is a system partner with the stringent bluesign® certification. Buyers can be sure that the raw materials used in the XEROS ropes are managed to the highest standards.
If you missed out on our last eNews Sustainability Spotlight, read about what bluesign® certification is below.
Major reductions in energy and labour are achieved by eliminating usual standards in the production of dry ropes (without undermining the quality). This further highlights how seriously Sterling has taken the XEROS rope and their commitment to producing a sustainable dry rope.
At Bogong, we stock 60 and 70 m lengths of XEROS ropes, in the varieties listed below:
A full-service solutions system for the responsible manufacturing and use of sustainable textiles.
What is bluesign®?
bluesign® was founded in 2000 by a Swiss group called bluesign® technologies to set a new industry standard for textile manufacturing and reducing environmental impact. They independently verify materials used in apparel and gear, equipping brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers with sustainable solutions to the standard manufacturing mentality. Furthermore, bluesign® fosters safer work environments for workers. A bluesign® certification means you, the buyer, can trust the product to be environmentally and people conscious.
How does bluesign® work?
Through on-site assessments, bluesign® builds an understanding of a product’s environmental and chemical effects. An action plan is set out to ultimately achieve responsible production, therefore certifying a product.
When certified, you can be sure that your purchase:
- Holds the highest degree of safety for the workers, planet and consumer,
- Is manufactured with lowest possible impact on people and the environment,
- Uses resources responsibly.
What to look out for at Bogong?
bluesign® originated in Europe, although the certification is used by brands the world over. When buying in-store, have a look at the product sign. Listed will be the bluesign® certification. If shopping online, the bluesign® certification will be included in the description of the product, below the images.
Products featuring bluesign®:
New Zion pants and shorts, now made with recycled materials
PrAna was born with sustainability in mind. In 1992, founders Beaver and Pam set out to make fashionable and responsible clothing for active lifestyles. The high-performance apparel they produced was adopted by climbers, now a staple brand in the climbing community. PrAna is today recognised for their durable and earth-conscious clothing for all adventurers, whether at the crag, on a trail, or even in the office.
Continuing with their foundational values, PrAna have released an updated version of their Zion pants and shorts ranges. Introducing the ReZion. This update of the fan favourite Zion enhances the design while keeping the main attributes that people love. The four main ‘earth-conscious attributes’ are:
- ReZion is made from a recycled nylon fabric. Use of environment-taxing raw materials is greatly decreased, without undermining the performance and durability.
- Poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS)-free durable water repellent (DWR). What the heck does that mean? The water repelling coating used on the material is better for the environment, but still high quality.
- bluesign®- approved materials. Materials in the garments are rigorously tracked from manufacturing to shipping, to ensure that no harmful substances are used.
- Durable, so it can take on whatever your adventure has in store. This also means long-lasting, so less waste ends up in landfill.
Prana Stretch Zion II Pant
Prana Stretch Zion II Short
At the core of Exped’s driving principles is sustainability. Carefully evaluated materials and resources are found to create their high-quality products.
All mats in the new families, listed above, are made with recycled materials and are certified carbon neutral. The face fabrics used throughout the mats are built with recycled polyester, which utilise previously produced materials from PET bottles or textile waste. Having re-evaluated their production techniques, less water, energy and carbon is used while more plastics are kept out of landfill.
The new Exped mats are the “first climate-neutral products of their kind on the market.” They achieve this by working with myclimate, an international non-profit foundation that promotes climate protection and sustainable development through carbon offset projects. The climate-impacting emissions of products are calculated, from production to disposal. Then, CO2 equivalents are determined and offset through projects that span the world. Exped support a project in northern Tanzania, whose goal is to protect endangered mammals from poaching and enforce village land use plans.
In addition to the mats, Exped’s pillows, sleeping bags, liners, booties and their operations are carbon offset. Future plans will see their line of tents, backpacks, gear bags, packsacks and accessories to follow.
Icebreaker - Move to Natural
“We are aiming for all our materials* to be plastic-free by 2023. The constant pursuit of better is what drives our progress”. – Icebreaker *(excluding trims)
It was over 27 years ago that Icebreaker founder Jeremy Moon met a merino sheep farmer. After sharing a lunch, an idea was born; what if outdoor clothes, like the places they are worn, were natural?
Icebreaker has now become a champion for the benefits of merino wool, from how it feels and looks, to how it performs and cleans. In 2019, the Move to Natural campaign launched, making official Icebreaker’s commitment to becoming a fully natural company by 2023. With their founding principles, they have innovated new technologies in their effort to be “plastic-free by ‘23,” with plant-based and bio-based fibres being introduced into garments.
Progress is the defining feature of their 27 year pledge. By accepting that they don’t have all the answers yet, Icebreaker is setting the standard for other brands to follow. Sustainable production is our nature’s future and we all should be striving towards it. Some of Bogong Equipment’s most popular base layers are from the Icebreaker range. They have the benefits of merino, including odour resistance and temperature regulation, while being environmentally friendly.
Here are some key styles which are now made from 100% natural fibres: