Outdoor Research, manufacturer of functional solutions for human powered adventure, today announces that during the First Session of the 111th Congress, the Honorable Jay Inslee, US House of Representatives for Washington State, recognized Outdoor Research for their efforts on environmentally conscious packaging. Representative Inslee stated, “Over the past year, a coalition of outdoor industry companies worked together to create policies for the reduction of consumer waste.” Inslee went on to say, “As these companies demonstrate, a reduction in waste can be accomplished through a variety of innovative practices.”
Late last year Outdoor Research converted the packaging used for its entire Storage line from a non-recyclable #5 polypropylene plastic to a paper product, which is made from approximately 80% recycled content, printed with water soluble soy-based ink and is 100% recyclable. More recently, Outdoor Research moved to change its Handwear packaging to incorporate a system that does not involve the use of ‘fabric barbs;’ small plastic wires that connect the hang card with the gloves.
These programs are a part of a larger effort by Outdoor Research to evaluate its environmental impact throughout the production supply chain. Ammi Borenstein, Director of Product Development also heads up Outdoor Research’s Environmental Impact Group. “The EIG gives us an opportunity to evaluate our energy consumption and environmental footprint,” said Borenstein. “Working with other members of the outdoor industry allows us all to learn from the collective.”
“Our commitment to sound environmental practices is mirrored by each individual here at our corporate office and across the Pacific in our manufacturing facilities,” said Christian Folk, PR Coordinator. “With the help of other innovative outdoor companies we can make a difference in our environmental impact,” said Folk.
In his closing remarks Representative Inslee commented, “These companies are a beacon of environmental awareness and responsible stewardship. They provide an example to all American businesses involved in manufacturing, which must begin to see the reduction of consumer waste as an essential step in protecting our environment.”
About Outdoor Research
Based in Seattle, WA, Outdoor Research designs and manufactures functional solutions for human powered adventure. Outdoor Research offers technically innovative and superior Apparel, Headwear, Handwear, Gaiters, Storage and Shelter Systems. Product testing and high-quality construction is backed up with OR’s Infinite Guarantee®. In 2005, OR became the North American distributor for Exped, an innovative Swiss company with many ‘new classics’ in its line. Outdoor Research enthusiastically supports the outstanding conservation, access and educational efforts of a variety of organizations and encourages our customer to do the same.
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