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Made from 125 recycled plastic bottles, the Qaou Beluga 6-in-1 tent works as a tent, tarp, hammock, shelter and much more

Billed as the world’s “first all-in-one, highly eco-friendly tent made from recycled plastic”, the eye-catching Qaou Beluga 6-in-1 tent is making waves on Kickstarter. It’s attracted over €75,000 in pledges from 356 backers, smashing its original target by 700%. But why is this tent from a French start-up proving so popular?

Firstly, it’s the impressive eco credentials. The tent is made from 125 recycled plastic bottles, which are transformed into small plastic beads, spun into the thread and finally woven and sewn into the fabric. No polluting textile dyes are used to colour this fabric either (as seen elsewhere in the Mountain Hardwear Lamina Eco AF sleeping bag, for example), so the tent is a plain white colour. This undyed approach gives the tent its name, in honour of the endangered white beluga whale. A final eco innovation is the use of an ‘ecological type of anodisation using an alkaline solution instead of dangerous chemical products’ applied to the aluminium tent poles, a process which uses less water and energy and produces less toxic fumes.

Secondly, the Qaou Beluga is incredibly versatile. It can be used in six orientations: tent, tent plus awning, hammock, covered hammock, tarp and shelter. Whether it’s a jack of all trades and master of none, we can’t be sure as we haven’t got our hands on a sample yet, but this multi-functional approach clearly seems to be popular among Kickstarter users. The way it all works is that certain elements of the product serve dual purposes, with the flysheet able to become a hammock or an awning, for example. Ultimately, it’s designed as a one-stop shop for all of your outdoor needs, whether that’s a basic sun shelter for the kids at the beach, a two-person tent for a campsite staycation, an A-frame tarp for an off-grid wild camp, or a roofed hammock for some forest escapism.

The technical specifications of the Qaou Beluga are as follows. The 40-denier flysheet has a 2,000mm hydrostatic head while the 10-denier groundsheet is 4,000mm rated. In two-person tent mode, it weighs 1.9kg (which is a tad on the heavy side for wild camping, but not too bad), offering a 210 x 125cm interior plus two vestibules. The inner has lots of mesh for good ventilation, but these mesh window panels can be closed via fabric flaps in colder climes. The two reversible hammocks weigh 500g each and the overall weight, including additional straps and attachments for various orientations, is 3.05kg. This all fits into a holdall style carry-bag sized 42 x 15 x 15cm. The Belgua 6-in-1 costs from €230 via Kickstarter and comes with a two-year warranty.

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