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Explanation of Ratings

Design Strategies JanSport L.L. Bean MSmith Osprey GoLite Business as Usual
Low-Impact Materials            
Reused / Recycled : Recycled fabrics emit up to 95% less greenhouse gasses Jansport has improved its source material recycled % and is currently using recycled PET The materials used in L.L. Bean's bag are cradle to cradle. 100% from recycled materials and 100% recyclable over and over again. MS has improved its source material recycled % and is currently using recycled PET. Osprey has improved its source material recycled % and is currently using recycled PET. Osprey has a local office that monitors this. GoLite has improved its source material recycled % and is currently using recycled PET. 3
Low energy content: Does the manufacture of the fabrics and materials use renewable energy? No renewable energy source used, but they are exploring alternatives. Fabric supplier uses 70% energy from hydro. This is an inNovative polyester material made from organic sources that are compostable or recyclable at the end of life. No renewable energy source used, but they are exploring alternatives. No renewable energy source used, but they are exploring alternatives. No renewable energy source used, but they are exploring alternatives. They have also purchased offsets. 3
Material Use Reduction            
Weight reduction : Stuff matters – the weight of a product indicates how much material it embodies and is closely linked to its overall emissions Significant reductions in weight have been made. Although its 100% recyclable, it is a heavy bag and there is not a marked improvement in volume available. Some reductions in weight have been made but its not the lightest in its category. Some reductions in weight have been made but not the lightest. Greatly reduced weight–best in category. 3
Material mix reduction: Less is more–the more consistent the mix of materials in the less emissions out. Some reduction in material mix. Uses less materials and all of the materials are recyclable or compostable including the inNovative bamboo backpanel. Some reduction in material mix. Some reduction in material mix. Significant reduction in material mix. 3
Production Optimization            
Use of alternative production techniques: Simplify, simplify, simplify–less steps in production means less impact Some changes due to source material improvements. Significant changes and improvements due to design changes. Some changes due to source material improvements. Some changes due to source material improvements. Some changes due to source material improvements. 3
Reduction of intermediary steps : See above Some changes due to source material improvements. Design changes have led to production optimization, reduction of steps, increase in productivity and actually a drop in labor cost that inturn improve bottom-line. Some changes due to source material improvements. Some changes due to source material improvements. Some changes due to source material improvements. 3
Low/clean energy use: Are the factories sustainably powered? Many packs are made in Vietnam–a relatively clean energy country compared to the US. Backpack companies are looking at how to help keep it that way. No renewable energy source used, but they are exploring alternatives. Renewable sources in some part of the production process. No renewable energy source used. No renewable energy source used. No renewable energy source used. Buying carbon offsets. 3
Waste reduction: See material mix reduction above No data Significant waste reduction due to design changes. Uses lesser sheet length to make this new backpack. No data No data No data 3
Fewer/clean production consumables No data Significant improvements – Bean's use of a groundbreaking fully recyclable fabric means, theoretically, No waste. No data No data No data 3
Efficient Logistics            
Less/clean/reusable packaging: Since only one pack was in production, the overall packaging hasn't been defined beyond the very basics No data No data No data No data No data 3
Energy efficient transport mode: Even though the packs were made overseas, shipping by boat is very, very efficient and contributes little to their footprint Minor improvements to logistics and supply chain. Exploring shipping directly to larger distributors. Minor improvements to logistics and supply chain. Exploring shipping directly to larger distributors. Minor improvements to logistics and supply chain. Exploring shipping directly to larger distributors. Minor improvements to logistics and supply chain. Exploring shipping directly to larger distributors. Very efficient uses low-emission mode of rail freight extensively. 3
Energy efficient logistics: See immediately above No change. Exploring new slogistic method that will reduce transportation cost significantly. No change No change No change No change. No data if offsets are being purchased for this specific purpose. 3
End of Life Optimization All manufacturers provide life time warranty.          
Refurbishment : The length of time a product lasts or can be re-used has a huge influence Statistically low repairs and returns history. Some repairs are done. Statistically low repairs and return history. Statistically low repairs and returns. Statistically low repairs and returns. 3
Reusable/Recyclable/Compostable: What happens when the bags finally wear out? Some efforts but No significant take back policy. 100% recyclable. Could potentially partner with national waste management companies. Some efforts but No significant take back policy. Osprey says that its bags are so durable that it is passed on between generations or given to charitable organizations. GoLite is partnering with local recyclers and PET crushers in denver in an innovative program that can change take back programs. 3
Disposal: Garbage dumps are a major source of greenhouse gasses–can we keep packs out of them? Some improvements in partnering with recyclers. 100% recyclable and some parts are compostable. Some improvements Some improvements GoLite is partnering with local recyclers and PET crushers in denver in an inNovative program that can change take back programs. 3

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