If you really must buy brand new equipment, there are a few things you can keep in mind to still make a sustainable choice.
Look for ecological cotton or recycled material. Don’t find what you’re looking for? Ask someone at the store. If they realise that there is a demand, they will offer it eventually. Use your power as a consumer!
Start by asking for vegetable tanned leather and ask where it’s coming from. Try choosing European leather. And last but not least – go for quality leather, since these products last longer and are worth fixing if they break.
If possible – avoid plastic and choose natural materials. Something as easy as what type of brushes we choose to use at the stable can make a huge difference. Go for brushes made of natural bristles. If we for example use a brush with plastic bristles while cleaning the stable, microplastics will be released. These microplastics end up on the dunghill and thereafter in the nature. This is something we would like to avoid!