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According to the Sierra Club of Canada, it takes 50 percent less energy to make recycled paper and plastic. Paper costs us trees and plastics production requires oil - good reasons to scout out travel gear made from recycled materials. Earthpak.com features backpacks made from recycled soda bottles. Outdoor outfitter, Patagonia (www.patagonia.com), which has stores in the U.S. and several other countries, sells clothes and shoes made from recycled materials.