Our Environmental Policy
Our policy is quite simple. We aim to make the best quality outdoor equipment possible whilst causing the environment as little harm as possible. We very rarely use the term ‘Environmentally friendly’. We’re not an environmentally friendly company - that's not a realistic description of any company manufacturing products, no matter how good their intentions. But we can reduce the damage we do by starting out on a good footing and actively looking for things we can improve. As a result we consider ourselves to be one of a handful of "environmentally responsible" businesses. We take responsibility for the harm we do, and avoid it as much as possible. Our policy below talks through our practices.
Fabrics and Materials
We’re constantly looking into our fabrics. Our first priority is for a fabric to perform to the standards expected of it. There’s no point producing a material with a low carbon footprint if it’s only going to last a couple of years. To decide on a material we need to look at the problems involved wit
h using it. Polyester for instance is manufactured using a chemical process involving coal and petroleum. Our solution to this was to use Recycled Polyester in our rucksacks where that chemical process isn’t needed. To find out more about our rucksack fabric visit our RPET page.
We feel a huge part of the problem in the environmental crisis is a lack of education. Only recently have some schools started to teach students about ways in which they can help sustain the environment. The majority of the population, who have missed out on that early education, have to then choose to educate themselves. Although we set out to make good quality outdoor products, we soon realised that as a company we are in the public eye. With our marketing and online presence we can actually educate our consumers.
Home Manufacturing and Sourcing
When sourcing a material or product we always look first at using a supplier closer to home. Often this isn’t feasible due to a smaller choice of mills and factories in Europe so then we have to look further afield whilst exploring other ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint.
We offer free repairs on many of our products for their first 2 years of life. This is a no quibble service. Our only motive is to get your product back in use, as disposing of products and replacing them causes unnecessary environmental harm. You can find out more about our repairs here.
We avoid unnecessary packaging and think carefully about the materials we send our products in. We ask our suppliers to avoid single use plastic packaging when dealing with us.
Workshop Waste and emissions
We ensure we recycle as much waste as possible in our workshop and we’re constantly coming up with new ways to reuse rather than throw away. The pallets that our machines and fabric rolls arrive on have been used to make work surfaces, whilst milk bottles and tubs have been used to store buckles, cord locks and other rucksack components in. We’ve also recently upgraded our lockstitch sewing machines with energy efficient servo motors to further reduce our electricity consumption.