Fully recycled sleeping bags. Employee incentives for biking to work. Wind-powered office space. Outdoor-gear makers are taking significant steps to improve transparency and reduce their carbon output, and where better to present the first industry-wide survey than in BACKPACKER'S Gear Guide pages? We asked companies large and small to describe their planet-cooling initiatives; 58 responded with tangible, positive steps. While some manufacturers are still striving to identify the most effective changes and show substantive gains, the overall signs of momentum and innovation are impressive.
How to Use This Guide
Wonder what your favorite outdoor brand is doing to promote sustainability? Many are combining greener manufacturing and business practices to reduce impact. Use these icons to determine where each company is making an effort.
These companies use earth-friendly materials and/or efficient heating and cooling.
Benefits include paid incentives for eco-volunteerism and alternative transportation (e.g. bike commuting).
These brands donate some percentage of earnings to conservation or environmental causes.
They purchase alternative power options to offset, minimize, or replace fossil-fuel consumption.
Product line contains items that can be recycled as is, or broken down into recyclable parts.
Renewable or Organic Content
The company's products contain eco-friendly, renewable, or certified organic materials.
Packaging is recycled, renewable, or significantly minimzed, and/or it contains soy inks and other earth-friendly materials.
If you see one of these icons, it means the company makes bags, pads, shoes, packs, tents, or apparel containing recycled or renewable materials.