Gear Geek: 7 Companies That Create With Upcycled Materials

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Gear Geek: 7 Companies That Create With Upcycled Materials

Reuse, upcycle, recycle … whatever you call the craft of making something useful out of someone else’s trash is a trend worth embracing. Not only do you get the holistic satisfaction of not adding more stuff to the world, but often times these products feel
more realized (and a lot more stylish) than that which came before upcycling. The products also carry an interesting tale beyond how good they look or well they work. “This bag? It’s made from old seats from Southwest Airlines.” As we start into a brave new year of travel and travel-related gear consumption, this handful of companies show how to flex your more eco-aware side.

1. Rareform, starting at $20; 2. Alchemy Goods, starting at $20; 3. Uncommon Goods, starting at $38; 4. MapleXO, starting at $28; 5. EQO, starting at $109; 6. Loopworks, starting at $20; 7. Keen Harvest Series, starting at $50.

Top photo: Flip Nomad, CC-BY

Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).