The local area provides fun outdoor activities, such as skiing or rock climbing, hiking or backpacking. The gear needed for these activies can be as environmentally sustainable as other products consumers buy. Look for fleeces made from environmentally sustainable sources, layer in wool, and steer away from clothing made from polypropolene and nylon. And consider gently-used skis, snowboards, camping stoves, tents, and other items needed for an outdoor excursion. Outdoor recreation encourages individuals to become active and fit, and also often lead to an understanding of environmental values and increased social responsibility toward the environment. Personal awareness about the environment is best displayed by wearing and using Earth friendly products while enjoying the outdoors.