Where do our materials come from?
The following companies are supporters of Dirtbags as a zero waste company and strive themselves to leave as little impact on the environment as they can. Manufacuterers, outdoorwear companies and activity centres send their waste fabric / seconds/ ropes / gear to us so we can keep doing what we do. Everything that is sent our way is being saved from landfill thanks to these mindful individuals. We work closely with local and small businesses especially. Are you an outdoor enthusiast or climber with old gear? We’ll take that too!
‘The Continuum Project was launched to address two primary issues: the huge quantity of clothing going to landfill and the growing number of people in need of warm clothing.
Here at Alpkit, our Product Team are a conscientious bunch who strives to design durable products, extending their usable lifetime. We know that by extending the average life of clothes by just three months per garment, we can reduce carbon, water, and waste footprints by 5-10%.
But once the Product Team have done their bit, it’s over to you. A significant proportion of the environmental cost of clothing comes from how you use and dispose of it. Many of us love getting shiny new gear, and some of us will even happily retire our fleeces and jackets before their lives are over. There are a huge amount of people living on the streets who are in desperate need of clothing to keep them warm and dry, and organisations in need of waterproofs.
That’s where Continuum comes in: we take the unwanted gear that’s stashed up in your attic, destined for landfill, and pass it on people who will really benefit from it.’
Rab is a British brand that specialises in making clothing and equipment for climbing and mountaineering. Founded in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1981 by leading Scottish climber Rab Carrington .
XI Training is the country’s leading work at height training, PPE supply and inspection provider. With 20 years experience of training in the working at height sector they remain at the forefront of the training industry due to practical health and safety experience and dedication to delivering only the most up to date and comprehensive safety training solutions available.
“Specialist Equipment for Mountain Enthusiasts” Rock + Run was established in Ambleside, 1983
Custom built lightweight backpacks made to order in the Lake District National Park. Atom Packs work closely with each customer to achieve their ideal hiking pack.
Based in Staveley Aiguille Alpine was established in 1987 and is a family run business. They manufacture onsite with a small but highly skilled workforce and treat every product as a separate order.
‘Aiguille Alpine Equipment has been designing and manufacturing climbing and mountaineering rucksacks in the heart of the Lake District for almost 30 years and this still remains our core business today. Over the years our product range has expanded and become more diverse to provide for many different activities in the outdoors.’
Based in the beautiful English Lake District Lakeland Ascents offer a range of professionally run courses and instruction, plus private guiding in the mountains of the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish Highlands.
Lakeland Ascents is owned by Si Withington, an Instructor, Technical Rescue Specialist and Swift Water Rescue Technician based in the South Lakes. Si has over 15 years of experience of climbing, mountaineering, skiing and trekking all over the world. His adventures have taken him from the fells of the Lake District, to the Highlands of Scotland, the mountains of Snowdonia and further afield to the ranges of the Himalayas, the High Atlas, Alps and the Tatras.
Acai aim to empower women in the outdoors with their performance skinny outdoor trousers. Made using water repellent soft shell material with breathability and freedom of movement; the trousers stretch when you stretch, breath when you breathe, and offers a figure flattering solution to the needs of even the bravest female adventurer.
Established in 1993 Distant Horizons UK is a professional outdoor activity provider located in Ullswater in the Lake District, offering adventure activities with a focus on team building, corporate and challenge events throughout Cumbria. They introduce people to the benefits of outdoor activities, be that corporate challenge events or team building days.
In Carlisle, Stead McAlpin have been manufacturing high quality furnishing fabrics continuously since 1835. As specialist printers & dyers, they operate mainly from designs commissioned by customers, producing both apparel & furnishing fabrics to the highest standards.
Honour your flow manufactures zero waste sanitary wear. Using organic materials, and a small workforce based in Kirby Lonsdale, they make and distribute reusable menstrual products.
The KāhuBaby Carrier is a baby carrier designed by a sling consultant with simple 1-2-3 click fastening and quick size adjustments, with its HQ based in Kendal.
The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps young people defy their limitations through learning and adventures in the wild.
They partner with schools, colleges, employers and youth groups to teach the most important lesson they could ever learn: to believe in themselves.
“We work at the intersection of leadership and people development, change and sustainable innovation. Our methods are action orientated and outcome focused, helping organisations to execute their vision and deliver their plans.
Outdoor equipment manufacturers based in Kendal. Summiteer is as environnmentally friendly as possible, using Recycled Plastic fabric to make their rucksacks.
Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high quality courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. They aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.
Are you a business with waste to donate? Or a climber with old rope you don’t want to throw away? Get in touch….