Learn Resources Where can I re-use, repair or recycle my outdoor gear?

Where can I re-use, repair or recycle my outdoor gear?


The most sustainable product is the product you already own. We've pulled together a list of retailers and organisations who can help you re-use, repair or recycle your old or unwanted clothing and outdoor kit.

Textile waste is a global issue that brands are increasingly required to take responsibility for so now there are more and more opportunities to help us reduce this waste and repair or dispose of our old kit responsibly.

Outdoor clothing in particular contains synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester that are made from thin plastic fibres. These man-made substances can have an impact on the environment where they are used so reducing the environmental impact of our products at all stages of their life cycle is essential if we are to reduce our impact.

Recent data from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) suggests outerwear made up the bulk of items the public chucked away (37%) followed by shoes (19%).

Check out our list of retailers and organisations who can help us re-use, repair or recycle all of your old or unwanted kit and keep it out of landfill for as long as possible.


Cotswold Outdoor / Snow+Rock / Runners Need: Recycle My Gear

Drop off bins can be found in stores across the country. They'll take clothes of any quality and brand, home textiles, paired shoes (including climbing shoes) of any quality and brand (best bound together), garments that are ripped, have holes and permanent stains

Outdoor Gear Exchange
Buy, sell or trade your kit on Facebook


Their goal is to assist low-income people with getting out into the great outdoors, having awesome adventures.

The North Face: Clothes The Loop


Ellis Brigham

Ellis Brigham are working with homeless charities across the UK to recycle outdoor gear to give it a second life.

Gift Your Gear

Provides donated outdoor clothing and equipment to UK community organisations and supports organisations working with young people in the outdoors.

Decathlon: Second Life

All Second Life products have been marked in transit or quickly tested by our customers, leaving them with small, superficial scratches. This means they can’t be sold as new, but they’re still in great working order.

Alpkit Continuum

Donate unwanted outdoor clothing or equipment by dropping off at any Alpkit store (you can also post it in for free). It is then sorted and passed on to outdoor education or homeless charities to help people in need who can give it a second life. Nothing will go to landfill, guaranteed.  Circular Economy Recycling

Mountain Warehouse

Several retailers are part of a scheme where you can donate unwanted clothing to a charity and receive discount vouchers in return, a way to reduce it being thrown away and diverted from landfills. https://regain-app.com/

The Climbers Shop

Good quality, undamaged clothing, equipment and footwear will be sent to the Brathay Trust for redistribution among their youth projects in Barrow-in-Furness and Bradford.

Joe Brown Shop

Good quality, undamaged clothing and equipment (Including clothing, footwear and rucksacks) will be sent to the Wallich Charity preventing homelessness.


Ex-sample and preloved, repaired rucksacks

**Blue Bird Exchange**

Reclaiming, repairing and redistributing outdoor gear (Edinburgh area)

ReRun Clothing

Pre-loved running clothes and equipment

**Play It Again Sport Wales**

Donation drop off points for all usable sports equipment and clothing across South Wales

Outdoor Gear for Good

They take excess inventory of outdoor clothing at no charge, supply approved outdoor-related charities, recycle in the best way that they know, recover value from the best inventory and give all profit to charity.

Outdoor Gear For Good sells donated products from its UK eBay shop, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to conservation charities.

Cotswold Outdoor: Repair and Care

Get your gear repaired, from jackets to sleeping bags

Cotswold Outdoor: 60 Second Footwear Protection Service by Imbox

The world’s most effective, professional-grade footwear protection service prevents damage from water, salt, mud, dust, UV rays, stains and colour fading,

Montane Repair Service

In-house repair team help extend the lifetime of your product with a variety of repairs which include; patch and panel repair, stitching repairs, seam re-taping and zip slider repair.

Mulch Repairs

‘Mulch and the Broken Thing’ is an outdoor clothing and kit repair workshop based in Sheffield. Drop your items off at The Climbing Works if you need zip replacements, new baffle panels or cuffs in a jacket, boulder pad repairs, a seat patch in your favourite shorts or long pants, rucksacks, tents, sleeping bags, custom alterations, up-cycling.

[**Llanberis Resoles**](https://www.llanberisresoles.com/)

Re-sole climbing shoes

**Alpkit Repair Station**

Repair any brand of clothing or outdoor equipment, or get it modified to meet your needs better. Drop off in an Alpkit store or send in by post.  In-store repairs

**Patagonia: Worn Wear Tour**

Bring old gear from any brand to be repaired
Patagonia care and repair for your kit


Down & Synthetic Clothing Repair

Clean and repair service

Buffalo Systems

Buffalo Systems have been completing repairs for over 40 years in their Sheffield factory for their customers helping to extent the life of Buffalo's and keeping kit in use for longer!

Snowdonia Gear Repair

Specialising in repairs and alterations for outdoor clothing and equipment

Lancashire Sports Repairs

Repairs on all outdoor brands like clothing, footwear, rucksacks, tents & sleeping bags

The Boot Repair Company
Outdoor footwear repair service 

Feet First (Derbyshire)

Outdoor footwear repair service

Berghaus Repairhaus

Free repair service


Tent Repair, Awning Repair, Sleeping Bag Repair & Rucksack Repair


Footwear repairs at their Edinburgh store

3rd Rock

MEND ME with an upcycled Repair Club patch, made from trouser leg offcuts.


Offer a full re-sole service

Mulch and the Broken Thing

Outdoor clothing and kit repair workshop based in Sheffield

**Down Cleaning**

The Cleaning Centre brings Down Jackets and Sleeping Bags back to life.

Ox Wash

Sustainable laundry and cleaning service (Oxford, Battersea, Cambridge)

Cheshire Shoe Repairs

Resoling and repairing climbing shoes.


Offer a repair and wash service for their products

Buffalo Systems

Offers a repair service for their products 

Sheffield Clothing Repair

Clothing and Outdoor Gear repairs in Sheffield

Scottish Mountain Gear

Specialising in the repair and maintenance of outdoor clothing, small tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags and down filled clothing.

Gear Aid

Created products that fix and restore gear


Advice and gear to fix most things


They are piloting a down collection scheme in the UK, trying to close the loop and collecting worn-out down products like old down duvets, pillows, jackets, sleeping bags and more, before giving this valuable material a new lease of life.  Find out more

[**Alpkit Continuum X Re:Down**](https://alpkit.com/blogs/news/recycle-your-down-jacket-duvet-or-sleeping-bag-with-re-down)

For unwanted or no longer functional down items (clothing, sleeping bags, duvets & pillows). If the item is still usable it will be passed on to outdoor education or homeless charities to help people in need, if not it will be sent to Re:Down who will recover and recycle the down content. Drop off in an Alpkit store or send in by post.

[**Green Peak Gear**](https://greenpeakgear.org/)

Working closely with a number of climbing walls to collect unwanted gear.


Together with Green Peak Gear, Scavenger are on a mission to provide alternatives to sending retired climbing gear to landfill. In many of the climbing centres across the UK, Scavenger have set up collection points where climbers can donate their old gear.

Dirt Bags Climbing

Recycling old outdoor and climbing gear and saving it from landfill.

Make your own rope rugs
Ideas on where to get patterns - some rope manufacturers include instructions with the new rope.


Backpacks and bags made from repurposed canvas tents and outdoor gear.

Hard Hat recycling – Yes Recycling

The scheme is a membership scheme, whereby registered members can send their hard hats directly into a dedicated hard hat recycling facility where they will be destroyed, with all of the plastic being fully recovered and made back into “new” plastic pellets.


  • Ensure you follow guidance and instructions on how to look after your kit and keep it clean
  • Look for local organisations that collect winter clothing, usually for those who are homeless or new refugees
  • Consider contacting your local zoo, they often need old ropes.


We would like to keep this list as up to date and as complete as possible.

If you know of other useful organisations and retail outlets who are offering a recycling, repair or re-use service, please drop us a line and we’ll add it to the list. Email: cath@thebmc.co.uk

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