NKBV: In search of recycling partners outdoor equipment
The Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering Club (NKBV) aims to collect outdoor equipment and recycle/upcycle these. To ensure safe mountaineering we use robust, and often technical material. How can we trigger our members to return their unused and worn-out materials, so they can be turned into new products?
The NKBV has 64.000 members ranging from amongst others enthusiastic mountaineers, hikers, trail runners and families doing day and/or multiple day hikes in the Alps and all around the world. Equipment is an important asset to conduct a safe trip. Materials are made to be used for long, but technology and safety standards advance hence almost every mountaineering enthusiast has unused materials stored away. The NKBV aims for its members to enjoy their hobby in the most sustainable way, hence its sustainability commission came up with the idea to collect unused mountaineering equipment (which can be anything from shoes, ropes, backpacks, clothing, etc) and give it a second life, either recycled/upcycled or not.
Collecting and Recycling Used Equipment
The NKBV wants to join hands with parties to collect used outdoor equipment. To be successful we have to find the best mode to incentivize our members to provide their unused and/or worn out outdoor equipment. We are thinking of linking it to a social enterprise or enabling our members to buy the end product as a preferred customer, but welcome other ideas. A next step in the process is to make it easy for our members to present their equipment to either an outdoor shop, in baskets at outdoor fairs or via webshops for example. We hope to be able to collect a scalable amount of materials, and certain types of materials that make sure the process of reuse/recycling is successful.
We expect to receive a broad range of high-quality materials to come in. A collection pilot is thought of to be conducted somewhere in 2019. It would be excellent to do this in collaboration with the partner already.
Looking for Partners
The NKBV is looking for one or more partners to set up a successful collection system for outdoor equipment and recycling/upcycling them to whatever useful products can be thought of. Are you up for a collaboration? We are happy to hear from you!