While outdoor recreation can be a pastime or a passion, for some it is a lifestyle. Camping and other recreation activities are enjoyed by people all over the United States, whether they’re alone, or with family and friends, it helps us to get away from the stresses of our daily lives and to discover the beauty our nation has to offer.
From the top of Mt. McKinley to the depths of the Alenuihaha Channel, Americans can’t get enough of the outdoors. With over 48 percent of Americans participating in at least one outdoor activity in 2015, it’s clear how this pastime has become a multi-billion dollar a year industry. Many of the properties that consumers find desirable in gear, such as water resistance, durability, and quick drying elements, are made possible through the use of synthetic fabrics and compounds, which are generally derived from oil.