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 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 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!

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. 

Re-used 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 fly shops and our customers, in return for a discount on their next purchase. Most are nearly new. And their thin, durable construction makes them perfect for their new job. 

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. 

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.

Product packaging

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.