A project is calling on outdoors people to gift their gear to help others
Hanging up in porches, taking up space in wardrobes and stashed in the attic and garages in black bin bags. If you are a walker, cyclist, climber or any type of outdoors person there is a high chance that you own a haul of unwanted or unused clothing and kit.
Now an initiative is urging people to hand over their second-hand gear so that others can make better use of it. The Gift Your Gear project collects unwanted outdoor clothing and equipment and then hands it out to UK community organisations, youth groups and charities that work with young people in the outdoors.
Your outdoor clothing can make a difference
Outdoors play and activity is a great way for children and young people to improve their physical, emotional and intellectual well-being. Yet one of the barriers to participation is the cost of new clothing and kit.
First impressions also count in the outdoors and if young people are wearing poor quality clothing they will end up cold, wet and uncomfortable. Having the right clothing and equipment helps to ensure that outdoor experiences are safe and enjoyable.
Partnering the unwanted with the needed
Gift Your Gear was set up to encourage people to donate outdoor gear they no longer want or need.Â Founder Sarah Howcroft says: “Most outdoor gear will last much longer than we want or need it to and so its full potential is never realised. If unwanted gear is donated to Gift Your Gear not only is its useful life extended, but another person gets to experience the joy of using good gear.”
Itâ€™s estimated that on average we wear an item of clothing for less than a third of its useful lifespan. Gift Your Gear can provide a new home for this unwanted outdoor gear.
Sarahâ€™s aim is to see Gift Your Gear donate one million items of outdoor gear.
Discount deal from Rohan shops
This month (September), Gift Your Gear and outdoors and travel clothing company Rohan are working together to gather as many items of outdoor clothing and kit as possible. If you drop off your unwanted (but in good condition) outdoor clothing (any brand) at a Rohan shop youâ€™ll receive 15% off any full priced purchase made on the same day.
“We want to make a difference to the experiences of young people in the outdoors. With the help of other peopleâ€™s second-hand kit we know we can do this,” says Sarah.