The green camping gear market is really taking off, and sleeping bags seem to be at the head of the pack. There's an excellent selection of eco-friendly sleeping bags available, boasting a range of features and temperature ratings.
Find it! Green sleeping bags
These eco-sleepers are made with a variety of green materials, including CoCoNa (a coconut husk fiber that's said to provide UV protection and odor management, while being quick-to-dry); post-consumer recycled content like plastic soda bottles in the shells and insulation; and even bamboo fill.
Before you buy
Green claims may not mean real-life eco-friendly products, so dig a little to be sure your recycled-content or renewable-fiber purchase is truly green. A recent study found that of the 1,018 products examined, all but one committed at least a few sins of greenwashing in an attempt to convince consumers that it was greener than it actually was.
Choosing a green sleeping bag helps you go green because…
- Natural fibers like hemp, cotton, coconut husks, and bamboo reduce our dependency on non-renewable oil products.
- Recycled-content products keep recycling programs alive, which make use of post-consumer materials, thus reducing resource and energy use.