Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Outdoor Gear and Giveaway!

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It’s National Outdoors month and whether you are going camping with the family, hiking with friends or shipping your kids off to camp, here are some of Mambo’s favorite eco-friendly outdoor gear that you shouldn’t leave home without!

Don’t forget to enter to win this month’s giveaway! (scroll down to the bottom of this post for more details)

Item: Eco-Gear Backpack

Why we love it:
  • Made of planet-friendly organic cotton, PVC-free materials, recycled plastics and toxic-free dyes and components. Click here to learn about the dangers of PVC.
  • It’s tough enough to handle any hike, run or walk without being tough on the environment.
  • Visit www.ecogear-products.com to find the Eco-Gear Snow Leopard Backpack for $79.99 each (FYI – We just saw it on sale for $49.99!).

Personally recommended by: Christine (Mambo’s Production Coordinator a.k.a. Facebook Fanatic) “I bought this backpack because not only was it earth friendly but comfortable as well.  The padded straps make it so comfortable to hike around in. I also love that it has slots for my MP3 player and water bottle.”

Item: Merrell Shoes

Why we love it:
  • Super comfortable and incredibly durable.
  • Merrell believes in encouraging and equipping everyone to get outside. They support organizations that share their mission to increase participation in the outdoors –especially among children.
  • Uses recycled material and synthetic fibers that eliminate harmful chemicals.
  • Prices vary. Find them online at http://www.merrell.com

Personally recommended by: Kim (Mambo’s Sales Advisor a.k.a. Unofficial Health Informant) “Merrell shoes rock. I walked for 7 1/2 hours when I was 7 month’s pregnant in my Merrell’s and my feet still felt great at the end of the day. If I could do that, Merrells can hang with any kid this summer!”

Item: Timbuk2′s Hidden Backpack

Why we love it:
  • Pro Planet: 90% Recycled PET Fabric, lightweight and durable.
  • Small enough to stuff anywhere but big enough to lug your groceries (on your back!).
  • Timbuk2’s Bag Recycling Program will take your bag off your hands, find it a new (loving) home and give you 20% off your next purchase.
  • $28 each at http://www.timbuk2.com

Personally recommended by: Penthy (Mambo’s Graphic Designer a.k.a. Island Spice), “This bag is so convenient I can take it anywhere – grocery shopping, to the gym and to the beach, plus I love the colors.  I never forget it because it fits right into my purse.”

Item: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balms

Why we love it:
  • USDA Organic, with no synthetic ingredients or preservatives.
  • Not tested on animals and uses only the finest organic essential oils for fragrance.
  • $2.99 each, available for purchase at http://www.drbronner.com

Personally recommended by: Maria (Mambo’s Coordinator a.k.a. Recycling Buff), “I fully agree with Dr. Bronner’s motto that what you put on your lips goes into your body. That’s why I love their organic lip balm.   I wouldn’t eat any of the things that are in regular lip balm, so why would I put it on my lips.”

Item: SIGG water bottles

Why we love it:

  • They are completely reusable, recyclable and will not leak anything harmful into your beverage.
  • Proud member of 1% for the planet.
  • Price ranges from $17.99 – $21.99 at http://mysigg.com

Personally recommended by: Tracy (Mambo’s Graphic Designer a.k.a. Extreme Sports Enthusiast) “I love my SIGG Water Bottle for many reasons. I love that you don’t get a funky plastic-like taste that other reusable bottles can have. The bottle is versatile and can be used whether I’m working out, at work or lying on the beach. One of my favorite things about the bottle is that it holds a liter of fluid AND it fits in my cup holder!”

Item: Nature’s Gate Sunscreens

Why we love it:
  • Paraben and phthalate free, pediatrician tested and never tested on animals.
  • Nature’s Gate is committed to using the purest natural and organic ingredients to promote skin health and enhance the overall wellbeing of you and our planet.
  • Try the Kid’s Block Giggleberry Scent SPF 30, specially created for kids with a yummy berry scent they will love!
  • $8.99 each, available for purchase at www.natures-gate.com

Personally recommended by: Taralynn (Mambo’s Creative Director a.k.a. Free Spirited Mama). “I love Nature’s Gate sunscreen because it doesn’t get in your eyes and sting when you sweat! I use it on my son all the time!”

Item: BugBand’s Insect Repellant

Why we love it:
  • DEET free and safe to use on anyone! They are a proven, effective alternative to synthetic traditional pesticides, protecting children and adults from biting insects while avoiding the risks associated with irritating chemicals.
  • Easy to use and comes in sprays, towelettes & bands.
  • $4.95 – $6.79 each, available for purchase at www.bugband.net

Personally recommended by: Annie (Mambo’s Web Director a.k.a. Java Junkie) “I’m always on the look out for a safer and more natural choice for my daughter. I love that this product is DEET free.”

Want to win a backpack filled with the products (worth over $250) mentioned above?

Yes, that’s right! We’re giving this great prize away to TWO (2) lucky winners. Here’s how to enter.

Question: Which eco-friendly outdoors product would you personally recommend for this summer and why?

1.    Leave a comment on this blog post (using the form below) with the answer to the above question
2.    Become our fan on Facebook (search for mambosprouts.com on Facebook) then comment on our wall with the answer to the above question.

Ended Wednesday, June 17 2009.

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646 Comments for “Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Outdoor Gear and Giveaway!”

  • TracyNo Gravatar

    Hello all!

    First time posting…

    Do we have to choose a product from above?

    If not, I vote for Preserve reusable plastic wear for camping, picnics, or any other outdoor eating! We bought a tube of red forks, knives, and spoons a couple years ago and have been camping with them since!

    If so, I would vote for the Merrill Shoes. My husband has been wearing these for the past couple years now, not even knowing they are so environmentally friendly. It makes me not mind buying him a new pair every 6 months (He wears through any shoe that touches his feet within 6 months)! Also, they are stylish, good in summer and winter, and they are extremely comfortable.

    Note to the blog host: Could you put a “back to top” link at the bottom of the blog (to re-view products if necessary), or post the “comments” section at the top of the blog (which would be much easier)…had to scroll down for a LONG time to get to the “comments” section to post!!

    Thanks, Tracy

  • Theresa KrakauskasNo Gravatar

    The Nature’s Gate sunscreen gets my vote! I’m in my 50s, but most people mistake me for being in my 30s. While genes have something to do with it, I give a lot of credit to sunscreen, which I’ve used forever — & you are never too young or too old to start using it!

  • MaryNo Gravatar

    Who needs sunscreen?? Absolutely THE BEST summer gear is a simple summer hat. Before sunscreen, that’s what people would use. And they would dress appropriately (covered skin doesn’t get burnt!). Also, be sensible and limit your exposure- whether you’re using sunscreen or not, on very hot days this is really important if you don’t want to get sunstroke. Those three things are all you need. How people have forgotten this EASY solution I just don’t know. As far as the environment is concerned, this is far better, and it’s a money saver too. The ammount of energy, materials, chemicals, etc. necessary to produce a lifetime supply of sunscreen has got to be huge, whether it’s organic or not. You have to worry about the ingredients and scrutinize all the labels, EVEN the natural and orgainic ones because they still can contain byproducts and traces of dangerous substances such as lead (example: burt’s bee’s lip shimmers), and some substances will degrade over time and convert into something dangerous. And then you have to worry about disposing of or recycling the bottle. I spent $30, a one-time purchase, and got myself a really nice, good looking hat which will last me for YEARS- possibly a lifetime if I treat it carefully. There are so many styles of hats to choose from, you’re bound to find at least one that not only suits you, but actually will make you look good! Mine is a light colored cowbody-hat style which is made out of palm leaves- so it’s natural, sustainable, and the material really keeps your head cool and fresh. Working in the yard here in sunny california is no joke, but I literally feel at least 10 degrees cooler the second I put my hat on. Common sense isn’t common, and a little goes a long way.

  • Melissa SootsNo Gravatar

    I would recommend the Merrell’s. They feel like you have pillows wrapped around your feet. I love the fact that they use recycled materials.

  • Linda KingNo Gravatar

    I recommend the Bugband !!I.. actually sampled it from healthandwellness.com and it works!! It doesn’t have deet!!!
    You go Bugband…Thanks,We don’t need that on our skin.

  • susanNo Gravatar

    I would most definitely vote for the Merrells, as I have been wearing them for about 5 years now, and NOTHING feels as good on my feet as they do… I had no idea that they were also so environmentally friendly, so that is just one more great reason to love these amazing shoes.

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