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Inspired by a manhaul expedition across Greenland in 2006, ex-professional pole vaulter (yes, really!) David Gordon set up BAM Bamboo Clothing – with the aim of creating a viable yet environmentally sustainable clothing business. Fifteen years later and the business is thriving, with 72 staff and a leading approach to eco matters (it has pledged to be “impact positive” by 2030).

BAM has built its reputation on technical baselayers made from bamboo, a resource that “absorbs five times more carbon than hardwood trees, needs half the land cotton needs to produce the same amount of fibre, and doesn’t need irrigation or pesticides”. But now the brand has released its first ever insulated jacket, the recycled and recyclable 73 Zero Insulated Jacket. Billed rather confidently as a “revolution in recycling”, here’s the lowdown on what BAM call a “trailblazing, low impact insulated jacket” with a “completely unique recycling solution”.

The big innovation here is that the jacket is not only made from recycled materials (like many other jackets on the market now), but that it’s also 100% recyclable. BAM have achieved this by focusing on the recycling solution from the very beginning of the design stage, and by working in collaboration with specialist textile recycler Project Plan B. This firm, which has a “ground-breaking fibre-to-fibre technology for recapturing the polyester from a garment”, will be able to turn the 73 Zero Insulated Jacket back into fibre grade polyester at the end of its life and return it to yarn, ready to be knitted or woven into another garment.

Lots of outdoor jackets feature 100% or partly recycled materials, but they aren’t necessarily recyclable – and this is a flaw in the system, according to BAM. “Put simply, recycled delays landfill whilst recyclable prevents landfill,” explains Merryn Chilcott, BAM’s sustainability and technical manager. “BAM is focused on taking responsibility for the end of its clothing’s life, and zero to landfill. We are dedicated to closing the loop.” Gear that is recycled but not recyclable will still ultimately join the 73% of clothing that currently ends up in landfill or incinerated.

Another elephant in the room is that some outdoor products are technically recyclable, but in practice your council won’t take it and facilities are virtually non-existent. BAM has helped to solve this by taking control of the recycling process itself. It has invested in a simple, cost-free returns scheme for consumers when the jacket has reached the end of its working life. Each 73 Zero Insulated Jacket has a QR code with simple instructions for sending it back to Project Plan B for guaranteed fibre-to-fibre recycling. “To be truly successful, recycling needs to be hassle-free for the customer” is BAM’s philosophy.

The 73 Zero Insulated Jacket – which BAM wax lyrical about in their marketing blurb as an “industry game-changer” and a “a jacket that need never be thrown away” – is made from a single material. 100% recycled polyester, made from plastic bottles, is used in the fabric, thread and trims. The trims are easy to remove, so that they can be recycled separately, while the main zipper is a YKK Natulon zip in recycled polyester and the jacket cuffs are elastane-free. The outer fabric is 70gsm 100% recycled polyester with a PFC-free Teflon EcoElite water repellent finish, offering up to 6,500mm waterproofing, while the lining is a 35gsm recycled polyester. The insulation itself is 170 high-loft Thermore Ecodown recycled polyester insulation, designed to keep you warm down to zero degrees.

In terms of features, you get an adjustable cord at the waist hem and hood, an internal rib storm cuff, a carabiner clip on the inner pocket and a secure inside chest pocket. In our eyes the jacket has a slightly ‘lifestyle-y’ look and feel, but BAM say “every detail has been designed for performance, resulting in a lightweight, showerproof, quick-drying and windproof insulated jacket”.

“BAM’s insulated jacket is the first that has been designed to use our unique recycling process,” says Tim Cross, director of Project Plan B. “The long-term effect of this collaboration and the global solutions it provides shouldn’t be underestimated. It is a game-changer for the industry.”

The 73 Zero Insulated Jacket costs £170, in men’s and women’s versions and several colours, and is available at


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