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.
We make our gear to last for years. DFD Repurposed is our place for keeping DFD gear in play.
Like our re-purposed materials, all used gear is carefully selected and cleaned before re-sale. Seams, scuff marks and variations in color give each DFD item its own unique appearance and special character.
Visit our eBay store here: DFD Re-Purposed.
Re-purposed fishing waders
Most old waders still have plenty of life left in them, even if the seams leak or the fit is wrong. We get them from Simms, the premier American maker of waders and other fishing gear. Most are like new. And their thin, durable construction makes them perfect for our gear.
Ever wonder what happens to waders when you replace them? They go straight to a landfill. At Deli Fresh, we want to reduce this kind of waste.
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 the material 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. After a good cleaning, we put it back to work!
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!
Billboards to bags
Billboards are made of heavy duty, water-proof, and mildew proof vinyl. You see these huge displays on roadsides everywhere. When the ad campaign changes, the old ones get trashed.
With bright colors and bold designs, billboards make a great, super tough material for us to work with.
We cut ‘em, clean ‘em, and stitch ‘em into new DFD bags.
Skateboards To Fly Rods
Like other rod makers, we form reel seats from new, figured maple or cork. But we're trying something different.
We've sourced scrap wood from Pennswood, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of skateboards. They craft their boards from colorful, thin layers of wood laminated into thick durable platforms.
We're experimenting with the leftovers. We turn these blocks of wood into reel seats for our fly rods. We’re field testing them to see if they hold up, but we hope to repurpose this wood so it doesn’t go to waste.
We hope you notice the lack of packaging for DFD products. No plastic bags, no plastic wrappers. Our products are tough, so they can take it! We also try to reuse any mailing envelopes and boxes we receive.