Shop Till You Save The World
Powering Clean Yoga-gear trend-setter Prana (prana.com) offsets the environmental impact from the energy it uses in its headquarters and partner stores by buying wind-energy credits. Vermont clothing company Ibex (ibex.com) powers its offices with cow waste. (The local energy company uses methane gas produced by manure to fuel generators.) Aqua shoemaker Mion (mionfootwear.com) and outfitter Timberland (timberland.com) put labels on their shoe boxes that tell you how each product was produced, right down to the amount of renewable energy their factories used.
Making Gear That's Eco-Friendly Plastic soda bottles are reincarnated as surprisingly soft polyester thread used to create products like the Moutainsmith Tour lumbar pack ($70; mountainsmith.com) and Achieve O2 socks ($14; achieve-o2.com for stores). Pull on a Patagonia Synchilla vest ($70; patagonia.com) and you'll be wearing 100 percent-recycled Polartec. The company also runs the Common Threads program, which turns all kinds of used Polartec fleece garments into new ones. Drop off items at any Patagonia store.