Big Agnes announced an exclusive program with longtime partner DAC, the manufacturer of tent poles, to use “the first of its kind” DAC E1 recycled tent pole hub, containing “25 percent to 30 percent post-consumer recycled aluminum.”

Big Agnes will integrate the DAC E1 hub into select tent pole sets in 2023 and said it would expand the program “significantly” in future seasons.

“We share a vision with DAC for expanding the use of recycled, more sustainably sourced materials, and the E1 hub is a perfect example of their tenacity and focus,” said Bill Gamber, Big Agnes co-founder/president. “Big Agnes looks forward to incorporating the E1 recycled hub into our tents starting this year.”

The manufacturing process for recycled hubs “cuts down on energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent to 90 percent.” Based on a conservative estimate, the aluminum saved in the program’s first year “is the equivalent of over 4,000 12oz aluminum beer cans.”

“DAC is focused on producing the world’s highest quality tent poles and hardware with the least impact on the environment, said Jake Lah, DAC founder. “We are excited to introduce the E1 hub as it represents a breakthrough in a recycled alloy that retains our quality standards at the weight and strength of our original hub. We will expand this program with Big Agnes and our customers to reduce our use of non-recycled alloy in the future.

Photo courtesy Big Agnes x DAC