More than 400,000 mountain sheep live in the harsh mountainous landscape of the Swiss Alps. Each year, they provide approximately 1000 metric tons of fair-trade wool, collected directly from the Swisswool suppliers. The climate control properties and elasticity of Swisswool...

Last year was designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the United Nations. One of the successful ecotourism businesses that attracted attention over the year was Misool Eco Resort in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Misool won the...

The Swedish cross-country ski race Vasaloppet holds many accolades, including it being among the oldest (celebrating its centenary in 2022) and longest (90 km) in the world. With nearly 70,000 participants, it is also the world’s largest. This popularity, however,...

In November 2017, the Swedish cross-disciplinary research program Mistra Future Fashion announced a major breakthrough in recycling polyester/cotton fiber blends. The process, the result of six years of research, is called Blend Re:wind and generates three circular outgoing product streams....

A group of students from Germany have enjoyed their first major outdoor experience thanks in part to a grant from the It’s Great Out There Coalition. In September, 13 eighth grade students and their teachers from Großhansdorf trekked for 10...

Canadian river activist Mark Angelo has paddled waterways all over the world for decades. In River Blue, a new featurelength documentary, he returns to rivers on several continents and finds pollution on an alarming scale. The textile industry, and denim...

The world-famous surf spot Punta de Lobos, Chile, has been added to a growing list of protected surfing reserves. In partnership with World Surfing Reserves and local communities, Save the Waves is the non-profit organization leading the effort to establish...

For the first time, scientists have shown that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining. Resulting from an international ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), this decline has led to about 20 percent less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was...

In what might be seen as the natural end-game of the outdoor industry’s march towards sustainability, the 7-year-old Swedish brand Röjk Superwear has made the ambitious pledge to make their entire line 100% biodegradable and natural by 2020. Zippers, buttons,...

In February, the Swedish company Tierra won the sustainability award ISPO Award Eco Achievement Apparel for its Deterra jacket, which is manufactured from 100 percent bio-based materials. Deterra is a padded jacket where the outer fabric resembles nylon in the...