From RIO Products:
RIO Products has adopted a new 100% compostable and recyclable spool—the most sustainable fly line spool ever made. Their new spools are made of 100% recycled newsprint from renewable resources that have been used at least once and will deliver the lowest environmental impact of any spool on the market. Once you’ve spooled your new RIO line, simply drop the new spool in the recycling bin or better yet, add it to your compost pile or garden.
RIO’s new spools will keep approximately 20,000 pounds of plastic out of landfills every single year. From Chris Walker R&D Manager— “Our plastic spools got the job done and were technically made from a recyclable resin, polypropylene. Unfortunately, finding recycling centers that accept polypropylene can be an inconvenience and a large percentage of those spools ended up in landfills. Our compostable spool does the same job with a vastly lower environmental impact, from raw materials to waste stream. The decision to switch was easy and aligns with RIO’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”
While packaging isn’t always glamorous work, it plays a significant role in reducing our impact on the earth. RIO’s progress towards a more sustainable solution was further validated by two awards— “Best Eco-Friendly Gear” at AFFTA’s 2023 Confluence event and by the Institute of Packaging Pros (IOPP) with a 2023 Ameristar Award in the sustainability category.
RIO’s new spool will still work with any current line winder as they’ve matched the geometry of current spools to ensure compatibility.
From RIO: We’re committed to improvement in all areas of our products. We’re passionate anglers who feel obligated to make sure the outdoors we love will still look the same in the years to come, so that future generations can enjoy spotting a rising fish as much as we do.
In 1990, Jim and Kitty Vincent founded RIO in the mountains of Idaho on the idea that exceptional fly fishing products should be built by anglers for anglers. More than twenty-five years later, we’re still in Idaho and driven by that same ethos. Most of us here are passionate fly fishing anglers, wading all day in cold, clear Idaho trout streams, lighting delicate dries and heaving huge streamers – hooking, (losing), landing, turning loose fish after fish… We won’t even mention the horror of having to battle tarpon after bonefish after permit in the balmy turquoise tropics, or braving the wrath of angry chrome in BC.