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Backpacker Magazine – March 2008

Zero Impact Challenge

Is it possible to build a backpack that doesn't contribute to global warming? Not yet, but five pioneering companies gave it one helluva try. (Cue standing ovation.)

by: Kristin Hostetter, Tables provided by Climate Cooler

GoLite Jam2rc, Sethhughes.com
GoLite Jam2rc, Sethhughes.com
JanSport Leandro, Sethhughes.com
JanSport Leandro, Sethhughes.com
L.L. Bean Straight Jacket, Setthughes.com
L.L. Bean Straight Jacket, Setthughes.com
Osprey Atmos 50, Sethhughes.com
Osprey Atmos 50, Sethhughes.com

Key = Lowest impact (1, Green); Lower impact (2, Blue); Business as usual (3, Orange)
Design Strategies
JanSport
L.L. Bean
MSmith
Osprey
Go-Lite
Business as Usual
Low-Impact Materials
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reused / Recycled
1
1
2
1
1
3
Low energy content
2
1
2
2
2
3
Material Use Reduction
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weight reduction
2
2
2
2
1
3
Material mix reduction
2
1
2
2
1
3
Production Optimization
 
 
 
 
 
 
Use of alternative production techniques
2
1
2
2
2
3
Reduction of intermediary steps
2
1
2
2
2
3
Low/clean energy use
2
1
3
3
2
3
Waste reduction
3
1
3
3
3
3
Fewer/clean production consumables
3
1
3
3
3
3
Efficient Logistics
 
 
 
 
 
 
Less/clean/reusable packaging
3
3
3
3
3
3
Energy efficient transport mode
2
2
2
2
1
3
Energy efficient logistics
3
3
3
3
3
3
End of Life Optimization
 
 
 
 
 
 
Refurbishment
2
2
2
1
1
3
Recycling
2
1
2
1
1
3
Disposal
2
1
2
2
1
3

Go to the Zero Impact Challenge Specifications table.

Go to the Explanation of Ratings



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