Sleep Sustainably: Recycled Sleeping Bags

January 16, 2019

A sleeping bag is a voluminous piece of gear that requires large swaths of polyester or nylon. If it contains synthetic insulation as well, you’re talking about snuggling in a substantial amount of man-made material. Which is fine, but better if it comes from recycled sources. That can really narrow your search if you’re looking for a new cocoon of warmth, as few companies feature much in the way of recycled sleeping bags. However, here are a few good options for synthetic-fill bags to focus on first.

Big Agnes

Known for its distinctive sleeping bag designs that feature no insulation underneath (provided instead by a sleeping pad that slips into a sleeve built into the bag), Big Agnes offers several bags made from a large percentage of recycled material.

The Encampment 15—long one of the company’s core offerings—is made from 100 percent recycled materials. It comes in at a reasonable price point ($150 to $180, depending on size) though at a rather hefty weight (3 pounds, 4 ounces to 3 pounds, 9 ounces). Tall and wide sleepers should take note of this one—its largest size (wide long) runs 80.5 inches long with a remarkable 75-inch girth around the middle.

For a more traditional mummy fit (with less weight), you can also check out the Upper Slide 20 ($200 to $210; 2 pounds, 13 ounces to 3 pounds). For insulation, it features the new Primaloft Black Hi-Loft Ultra, 80 percent of which comes from post-consumer recycled materials.

For colder conditions, you can consider the 100 percent recycled Farwell 0, which is basically a slightly more insulated version of the Encampment ($170 to $180, 3 pounds, 15 ounces to 4 pounds, 7 ounces).

The Big Agnes Encampment 15

Marmot

Marmot makes some of the most drool-worthy sleeping bags of any manufacturer out there, including a couple of recycled options.

The Trestles 15 TL is a deal at $139 to $149 for its men’s regular and long size, respectively (women’s versions are also available and run $129 for regular and $139 for long). The lining is made from 100 percent recycled polyester while the insulation is a 75/25 mix of recycled and non-recycled polyester. The men’s weighs in at 3 pounds, 5 ounces or 3 pounds, 9 ounces. A lighter weight version of the bag—the Trestles 30 TL—is also available for warmer conditions.

Women’s Marmot Trestles 15 TL,

REI

While REI doesn’t make a recycled sleeping bag itself, its website does offer the ability to sort its current sleeping bag offerings by recycled materials. You can find the option at the very bottom of its filter choices, the long column you’ll find on the left side of the screen when you’re browsing on a desktop.

It’s also worth noting that another sustainability trend—the use of recycled down—is starting to appear in sleeping bags as well. Watch for more on this in a future post!

Stay warm—and sustainable—out there!

 

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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.