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The Best Ethical Outdoor Gear for Adventurers

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Looking for the best ethical outdoor gear? Here are some of my favourites.

I may or may not have mentioned it a few times, but I have outdoor adventuring on my mind this summer. It’s been a tough few months, in more ways than one, for us. As such, the thought of kicking back outside in the sunshine without a care in the world is very very appealing.

Of course, you don’t need much when it comes to ethical outdoor gear. Or rather, you don’t need anything, for outdoor adventuring. You know, save for yourself and some wide-eyed enthusiasm, and maybe a fully charged phone just in case. However, there are some things that might be nice to have or might just be downright useful to have. Here are my ethical outdoor gear favourites.

Guide to Ethical Outdoor Gear

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Ethical Bags For Carrying Your Outdoor Gear and Essentials

For carrying your outdoor gear in, then this handy tote bag from Millican* is seriously useful. It’s made from recycled polyester and converts to a rucksack at the tug of a strap for however the day’s adventuring pans out. Do check out my guide to ethical backpacks for more inspiration.

Wood Powered Stove

Ditch the fossil fuel-powered stoves. Instead try a portable wood-powered rocket stove for making cups of tea, or scran, out in the wild. I can’t be without my plastic-free tea, not even in the woods. I have to confess, I am lusting after one of these bad boys so badly.


Speaking of tea, a handy flask (available from Wildbounds for £24.95) to store said tea in is a key part of my ethical outdoor gear collection. Let it be said, I take my tea very seriously, especially so when partaking in outdoor adventures. Or, if you don’t like tea (who even are you?!), then you could just fill it with ice-cold water (also refreshing when outdoor adventuring).

Ethical Sun Protection

An eco-friendly sunscreen* is a must for your ethical outdoor gear kit, because sunburn isn’t cool. And because I burn at even a hint of a ray of sun cracking through the clouds. Check out my guide to eco-friendly sunscreen for more suggestions.

Ethical Footwear

Depending on the type of outdoor activities, then you may need a pair of ethical sandals. I really rate Birkenstocks because my pair is 12 years old and still going strong. I dare you to find a more durable pair of sandals. Bonus points for being made of super sustainable cork, and you can even buy vegan versions now.


A t-shirt with a pro-environmental slogan*, to help spread the word whilst out on your outdoor adventures.


Finally, a plastic-free lunchbox for storing those all-important energy-giving snacks. I confess, mine often contains Jaffa Cakes…! However, do check out my guide to plastic-free snacks for more eco-friendly snack inspiration.

Where do you like to go on your outdoor adventures? I have to say, I’m a big fan of Aviemore, and my new favourite, the Rhins of Galloway. And any ethical outdoor gear you’d like to share with me? As I come across more, I’ll update this article. I’ve also got a useful guide to sustainable camping gear, that also covers ethical outdoor gear. From eco-friendly tents to sleeping bags, and more.

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