Kengo Kuma’s ultra-minimalist trailer is the perfect shell for your nomadic adventures

October 14, 2016 by  
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Snow Peak is a Japan-based maker of technical outdoor gear founded in 1958. Now a global retailer with two stores in the US, the company produces everything from nearly indestructible titanium mugs and utensils to stoves, tents, and even camping furniture. All of their pieces are thoughtfully designed with real-world use in mind, but Kengo Kuma’s tiny minimalist trailer takes the cake (or, perhaps more appropriately for the camping crowd, the s’more). Related: Top eco-friendly camping gear for conscientious outdoor enthusiasts The trailer ’s walls are lined in raw plywood, mimicking the bare bones functionality of the tatami mats found in traditional Japanese homes. The tiny portable shelter has a few clever features integrated into its design, which other trailer makers should heed post-haste. When closed up in traveling mode, the trailer is a sheltered box, but when parked at camp , its window and door coverings become awnings and tables, creating much-needed usable surfaces without requiring extra pieces of furniture. Beyond that, the trailer is a blank canvas to be utilized in whatever way its owners see fit. The renowned architect’s unique trailer is available for purchase from Snow Peak for $33,800 (3.5 million yen), tax excluded, for a basic model. A tiny shelter on wheels with LEDs and a bed platform will cost a little more. Right now, sales are limited to those within the company, but the retailer said general sales will be offered next spring. + Kengo Kuma and Associates + Snow Peak Via Treehugger Images via Kengo Kuma and Associates

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Lightning-proof Bolt tents will keep you safe in a storm

February 10, 2016 by  
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Popular outdoor clothing and gear found laced with hazardous chemicals

January 26, 2016 by  
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Taking a hike in the great outdoors is a great way to escape the pollution of the city and get some fresh air. Unfortunately, the gear outdoor enthusiasts rely on to keep them warm and dry in the elements may actually be harming the environments they are exploring. Greenpeace found hazardous chemicals in a recent test, just a few months after asking retailers to reveal the use of certain agents in the manufacturing of waterproof outdoor gear. Read the rest of Popular outdoor clothing and gear found laced with hazardous chemicals

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Adventure and Activism For Free: That’s Wend Magazine

April 5, 2010 by  
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All images from Wend Magazine Vol 5, Issue 1.

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Retailers Share Best Practices for Managing Chemicals

December 9, 2009 by  
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A new report looks at the chemical management systems of six retailers, ranging from electronics giant Apple to outdoor gear company REI to Staples and Walmart, who must content with loads of products made by suppliers. The report analyzes each company’s program, producing a list of six best practices.  

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