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Environmental and ethical outdoor gear report

Ethical Consumer has published a special Outdoor Gear report which details the environmental and ethical policies of more than 60 leading outdoor companies. The 62 page report covers fleeces, waterproof coats, walking boots, rucksacks, tents and sleeping bags, and concludes that almost all the companies covered have inadequate environmental and ethical reporting policies.

On the up side, the report includes “Best Buys” for each of the six products, as well as all the stories behind the ratings of the companies.

If you want to read the full report you can download it from the Ethical Consumer website for £3.

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April: competition round up

Right, here are a few competitions we’ve found this month for you outdoor enthusiasts.

1. A Hi Gear Corado 4 tent worth £279.99

2, Win a family camping set worh over £250. The full set comprises a Hi Gear Caplan 5 family tent, Hi Gear Camper sleeping bags and Hi Gear Single Airbeds. This competition closes tomorrow so be quick!

3. A Deuter rucksack

4. A photography tour in the Lake District. This tour will be led by Charlie Waite, the founder of Light & Land, and will take place in November 2010.

5. An Easy Camp Star 200 tent

Good luck everyone!