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Vango x Trakke Past Tents Zero Waste Sling | Review

Handmade in Scotland and constructed using pre-loved tents, Vango and Trakke are onto something very cool here

Why We Chose It: Made using repurposed tents, Glasgow-built, cool design

The Zero Waste Sling is part of a cool collaboration between Scotland-based brands Vango and Trakke called the Past Tents Collection. Using old, or rather pre-loved, tents, the two outdoor brands have combined minds to produce a line of bags including the 10.5L backpack, a 21L rolltop, and a neat wee tote bag, to name a few.

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This here, however, is the handy 1L Zero Waste Sling, which is also made out of waste tent fabrics, and is limited edition by number. In this sense, since each item is constructed using different tents that have lived entirely different lives, you get an entirely unique bag. 

Whilst giving end of life tents a new lease of life, this eco-conscious method additionally avoids clogging up landfills – and therefore reducing the production of nasty greenhouse gases – across the world. They’re also handmade in Glasgow so have that extra personal touch to them too.

What Is the Zero Waste Sling Best Suited To?

This is the kind of sling that wouldn’t look out of place anywhere. You could just as easily use it for urban exploring as you could for chilling about your campsite when it’s handy to have your essentials near you and not tucked away in the far corners of your tent. We can also see it working on short walks, when you want to carry as little as possible, or for quick cycle rides around town.

The Zero Sling held up well against some Lakeland rain.

Eco Credentials

Unsurprisingly, the main eco selling point here is the use of repurposed tent materials. More specifically, the Past Tents Collection is made from the Icelandic II tent and the Force 10 Classic tent. 

They have also tried to avoid using plastic wherever possible and so the canvas and webbing straps are made of a durable cotton instead of synthetic alternatives. Likewise, the buckles are made from 70% recycled marine-grade stainless steel, and should hopefully – Vango and Trakke say – ‘last a lifetime without costing the earth’. 

Whilst they’ve used an efficient cutting pattern to reduce as much waste as possible, any offcuts from the production will be saved for use in repairs or everyday production and other projects. Along with a free repair service, Trakke also recently launched their ‘Remade by Trakke’ initiative that takes customer trade-ins, scrap fabric and sample products, and makes them into something entirely new.

The use of a waxed canvas also aids the sling’s durability as it won’t degrade the membrane, or peel away over time like a standard PU coating might. Waxed proofing, on the other hand, can be reproofed over and over again, ensuring waterproof protection for longer. 

All the Past Tents bags are handmade in Glasgow to help support UK-based manufacturers, reduce carbon emissions, and also create more demand for British made products. The companies also pay above the Glasgow Living Wage, and work a 4 day week to keep their employees happy. Good stuff. 

Construction and Performance

The volume here is 1-litre while the size dimensions are 12 x 13 x 11cm, though this can vary due to the changing nature of the different tents being recycled in the fabric production. There should be enough room for your essentials, however, including your keys, phone, wallet and whatever cheeky snacks you decide to bring out with that day (think: rolos, polos and starbursts).

On the inside, you’ll also find a handy key ring for securing the essentials, whilst the exterior is finished in a nice minty-looking turquoise colour. 

In terms of performance, it pretty much does everything a sling should do. If we’re being really really picky, it might be nice to have an extra pocket on the front for speedy access, but to be honest, sometimes a simple, no-fuss design is much nicer. It helps with the minimal waste and efficient cutting design too, so actually, ignore that about the pocket. 

“This is the product in this year’s Green Gear Guide which I just love. As with all product the more emotional connection there is, the more that it will be held onto, used and abused. The backstory is fantastic: using waste materials, plus made in Glasgow – true up-cycling (in an industry that runs using down-cycled materials). Trakke also celebrate clean design, which is the best form IMHO.”

Vango x Trakke Past Tents Zero Waste Sling

Selected for our Green Gear Guide 2023
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