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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.)
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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