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Where to buy clothing, equipment, kit and accessories for your holiday
TRAVEL CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES GUIDE
Blacks is one of the country’s leading outdoor retailers. Its website boasts great prices and offers a wide range of men's and women's jackets, shoes, boots, fleeces, ski trousers, waterproof clothes, rucksacks, camping equipment and travel goods. It stocks specialist brands such as North Face and Berghaus as well as its own specialist brands such as Technicals and ALS. The company is part of the Outdoor Group which also includes Millets. It has divisional environmental policies and supports prominent UK organizations such as the Ramblers’ Association, Mountain Rescue and Outward Bound Trust.
Craghoppers offer outdoor travel performance clothing for men and women, from nosquito technology to beat the mossies and midges, SolarDry for UV protection and wash&wear for quick-drying, non-iron clothing, plus Britain’s no.1 Walking Trouser the Kiwi, with functional pockets and amazingly comfortable fit! It also offers the Bear Grylls range, based on the gear he uses in extreme conditions. Craghoppers says it constantly reviews its carbon footprint and was the first outdoor company to be confirmed as CarbonNeutral®. It is increasing use of Fairtrade and organic cotton. Packaging is made from recycled products and is biodegradable where possible.
This is a leading UK consumer webshop for fair trade, organic and eco-friendly merchandise featuring over 3000 products. These include sportswear and equipment, leisure and outdoor living ranges from camping, cycling and rucksacks to travel accessories. There are also a number of electronic gadgets and appliances. All selected with the aim of helping you live in harmony with the planet.
Evans Cycles is the UK's largest specialist cycle retailer. Its website claims the most comprehensive range of bikes, cycling equipment and cycle clothing, covering mountain biking, BMX, road cycling, commuting, folding bikes and kids bikes. Brands include Specialized, Trek, Kona, Cannondale, GT, Saracen and Raleigh. It is renowned for its massive stock of sale bikes, ‘last chance’ clothing and accessory items, many up to half price! There are free delivery options for all UK orders. The company says it operates in a green way where possible with paper sourced from sustainable forests plus extensive recycling.
Gear-Zone sells outdoor clothing and travel products such as waterproof jackets, fleeces, Gore-tex and footwear for ladies and children. It stocks leading brands such as Terra Nova, Berghaus, Salomon, Craghoppers and Merrell. On offer is a huge selection of camping, climbing and trekking equipment including tents, sleeping bags, crampons, ice axes, travel equipment such as rucksacks, Garmin GPS, Leki walking poles, daypacks and rock climbing gear. The company also has a price match guarantee and aims to despatch 98% of orders placed before 12pm on the same day.
Green People offers handmade health and beauty products that are 100% natural and certified organic. Its range includes cosmetics, dental, dietary, hair and body, body spa, skin care and sun applications. There are formulations for men women and children, some with no scent and many in handy trial/travel sizes. Most products are registered by the Vegan Society. None has been tested on animals and all have full ingredient disclosure and are suitable for vegetarians. The company has a strong environmental commitment, offsets its carbon emissions and 10% of net profits are donated to charitable causes linked to green issues.
Halfords.com offers over 10,000 products, ranging from Sat Nav, In Car Technology, bikes, baby and child, outdoor leisure, car maintenance and car styling. The site also offers helpful product selection advice and hints. The firm’s unique aftercare service, including fitting, is available on selected products bought online or reserved for collection from one of its 400+ stores nationwide. Next day delivery is available on orders placed before 2pm or goods can be delivered on a day of your choice. The company says it is committed to improve environmental performance and publishes a Corporate Social Responsibility Report on its progress.
Jessops is the UK’s leading photographic retailer, with over 200 stores nationwide, website, and mail order service. It stocks a comprehensive range of camera hardware, including cameras, camcorders and camera phones; binoculars; thousands of accessories; and a comprehensive range of digital photo printing options, printers and scanners. Jessops.com features a helpful camera selector tool and buyer’s guides. The company produces a Corporate Social Responsibility Report which highlights its environmental activities including safe chemical disposal, recycling, and oxobiodegradable carrier bags.
Millets is the country’s largest outdoor retailer and its website offers a comprehensive range of outdoor clothing and equipment at great value for money. It stocks a large number of leading specialist brands, including Peter Storm, Eurohike, Berghaus, Merrell, Coleman, Karrimor, Hi-Tec, Columbia, Craghoppers and many more. The company is part of the Outdoor Group which also includes Blacks. It has divisional environmental policies and supports prominent UK organizations such as the Ramblers’ Association, Mountain Rescue and Outward Bound Trust.
Natural Collection offers fair trade, organic and eco friendly products at competitive prices. For women there is stylish, comfortable and sustainable clothing including hemp shoes, organic dresses, clay dyed t-shirts, skirts, kaftans, embroidered vests, Fairtrade jeans, shorts and capris. The men’s range includes hemp t-shirts, shoes made out of recycled materials, organic underwear, Fairtrade jeans, organic cotton socks, shirts, trousers, shorts and jackets. There are sports and outdoor products for camping, hiking, trekking, walking or just al fresco living. Each item is carefully researched and selected to promote ecological and sustainable manufacturing practices.
Seasalt offer bright, fashionable and fun organic cotton clothing and accessories for men, women and children. The eco-friendly range includes tops & t-shirts, sweats & hoodies, skirts & dresses, trousers & shorts, jackets & smocks, outerwear, wellies, bags, towels, and fleece recycled from plastic bottles. It was the first UK fashion brand to have organic clothing certified to Soil Association standards. Other brands on offer include Oska, White Stuff and El Naturalista - all chosen for their beautiful, functional design, rather than throw-away disposable fashion. The Ethical Company Organisation has ranked Seasalt top UK fashion company for ethical conduct.
Simply Beach offers designer swimwear including bikinis, tankinis, swimsuits and beach cover-ups at competitive prices. From top brands like Moontide, Seafolly, Speedo Beach; international imports such as Wahine, Sunseeker, Island Company and Banana Moon; to top fashion designers such as Gideon Oberson and Melissa Odabash. It also has a large range of travel accessories, sun protection clothing and family beach products. As with the other Simply Online Shops customers are given a 28 day return period for peace of mind, live help operating in and outside office hours and all e-mails are answered within 1 working day.
A one stop outdoor store, selling all the latest camping and outdoor equipment you will need, from tents to walking boots, GPS units and loads of other cool gadgets – over 1500 products.
One stop skiing store, offering the latest skiwear and accessories whether you are a beginner or an expert, with jackets, salopettes, gloves, hats and accessories to suit all.
One stop dive store, stocking the latest scuba diving equipment for beginners and experts and covering all aspects from recreational to technical diving. It has over 1800 available products - BCDs, masks, cylinders, wet suits, dry suits and much more.
Swim store, selling all the latest swimwear and equipment for competitive and recreational swimmers of all ages and any level. Over 1000 products are available including swimsuits, goggles, swimming caps, floats, arm bands, toys and much more.
Wiggle claims to be the UK's #1 online cycle shop with incredible deals on a superb range of top quality mountain bikes, road bikes, bike parts and cycle accessories, available with free delivery or same day priority dispatch. It is the sole UK distributor of the award winning bike brand Focus and stocks all key cycling brands including Shimano, Kona, Assos, Specialized, Giant, GT, Race Face Gore, Endura, dhb, Campagnolo, SRAM, Cateye, Northwave, Pearl Izumi and hundreds more. Wiggle also offers a comprehensive range of running, swimming and triathlon gear and has a specialised women’s section on the site.
To decide which online stores and suppliers to list we rely on our own professional research plus recommendations by other writers. Unfortunately there is no universally accepted set of standards for eco-friendly products and services and dozens of bodies provide inspection and certification. Some of these have rigorous vetting procedures while others just require payment of a membership fee.
The Soil Association is a membership charity campaigning for planet friendly organic food and farming. Its own inspectors across the country award certification to farms and businesses that meet its organic standards.
The Ethical Company Organisation is a UK based company that promotes a universally responsible corporate attitude towards people, animal welfare and the environment. Its three divisions are Ethical Research, Ethical Publications and the Ethical Company Accreditation scheme. Its book The Good Shopping Guide + has become a leading ethical shopping reference source.
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