Your outdoor gear shouldn't harm the environment. Here are a few that won't.

Matt Bean  – July 15, 2020 | Updated July 19, 2020

Next-generation technology is often revealed to have serious trade-offs. In the quest for fast, light, and performance-driven outdoor gear, that means some of the stuff you’re wearing or carrying might be hurting the very environment you’re heading into. From waterproof coatings that clog stream surfaces to “recyclable” containers that are anything but, we’ve found six major sources of this environmental debt—and selected safe alternatives to consider.