Sustainability


At DFD, we want to minimize our impact on the environment we enjoy so much.  That’s why we source re-usable materials, like rock-climbing rope, sailcloth and fabric made from recovered plastic that threatens our oceans and rivers. 

Re-used climbing rope

Climbing rope is designed to support hundreds of pounds, and take a beating in challenging outdoor environments. 

For safety reasons, climbers retire their ropes long before they wear out.  Even though it is no longer up to rock climbing specifications, it still has a lot of life left in it for less demanding applications. 

For DFD gear, we use carefully selected, synthetic ropes (9.5mm or 3/8” in diameter) to make great handles and accessory loops. 

Mountain equipment shops in Colorado are happy to give this rope to us, so they don’t have to dispose of it.  We're happy to find another use for it!

Re-used sailcloth

We buy used sails that come from sail makers and boat dealers.  We look for older sails that show signs of wear that make them less suitable for boaters, but still have plenty of perfectly good, clean fabric.  Serious sailors replace them every couple years, long before it wears out.

Our sails are made from Dacron, an incredibly durable and flexible material woven from polyester fiber.  It is designed for extreme outdoor conditions.

Dacron is essentially plastic fiber that is difficult to recycle.  Eventually, most of this material ends up in landfills.   We put it back to work!

Canvas from recycled soda bottles

For some of our bags, DFD uses heavy canvas made from recycled green plastic bottles.

The raw material used in this fabric is sourced from Haiti, where much plastic waste ends up in the sea.  The fabric is manufactured in American mills, and is not dyed.

We source this canvas from Thread International.  Click here to see how Thread responsibly manages its supply chain from bottle to bolt of cloth.