GoLite is an industry leader when it comes to producing ultralight backpacking and camping equipment. Turns out they also have a great program for going light on the Earth as well: The GoLite Product Take-Back Program, which launched earlier this year in February.
The company will accept any GoLite product from any year (with the exception of shoes, which are made by another manufacturer) and promises to "repair, donate, repurpose, and/or recycle everything we get back." You have to pay the shipping to get it to company headquarters in Colorado, but in return you get a 20 percent off coupon for your next purchase at www.golite.com.
Here's the GoLite Take-Back Submission Form you need to send in with your old GoLite gear. Note that your donated GoLite items must be washed and clean prior to shipping.
GoLite offers a range of other advice on the best ways to "help your gear your live on." Read the whole shebang on their I'm Not Trash! page. You can also read about the company's extensive sustainability efforts here.
For more information on outdoor industry recycling programs—including efforts by Patagonia, Nike, and Sterling Ropes—check out this AMC Outdoors story, and also this recent post on Trailspace.com: How to Recycle Old Outdoor Gear.
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.