Osprey Packs Issues 2009 Sustainability Report

Independent pack manufacturer provides bird’s-eye view of initiatives in manufacturing, volunteerism, transportation, green building, and partnerships that promote sustainability
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Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, just issued its 2009 Sustainability Report.

The six-page quarterly report outlines the independent pack manufacturer's continuous efforts to explore sustainable and socially responsible solutions in manufacturing. The document also describes the company's initiatives to support volunteerism, encourage the use of alternative transportation and green building practices, reduce carbon emissions, and fundraise and forge partnerships with environmental and SW Colorado-based non-profits.

"For the past 36 years, sustainability has been built into our packs, which are designed, manufactured and guaranteed to last a lifetime,” said Sam Mix, outdoor marketing manager of Osprey. “Beyond our product, Osprey is always pursuing new ways to make a positive impact in our community and protect the wild places our customers love to explore. This report offers a bird's-eye view of these efforts and provides examples that show our commitment to sustainability.”

Here's an overview of the highlights of the report:

• The company continues to realistically explore solutions for incorporating reusable, recyclable and overall less impactful materials in its products, such as the ReSource series. These active everyday packs include the percentage of recycled materials in each style screened right on the pack.

• Osprey is constantly improving its supply chain to localize raw material sourcing, reduce waste and ship products in recyclable poly bags within recycled carton boxes.

• Being one of the few brands with a locally staffed office in Asia allows Osprey team members to inspect working conditions, advocate for fair wages, monitor fair labor practices, and understand and address any other concerns or issues.

• The Osprey Volunteer Incentive Program allows team members eight hours of paid volunteer service per year. This translated to more than 200 hours in 2009.

• Working with Conservation Next, a program of the Conservation Alliance, Osprey helped execute and participated in a successful Backyard Collective Volunteer Event performing critical trail work and invasive plant removal in Eldorado Canyon State Park near Boulder, Colorado.

• Osprey continually seeks out opportunities to decrease its carbon footprint, and has used the Sustainable Transportation Initiative to make significant reductions in emissions. This effort has produced over 4500 individual trips using carpooling, biking, and walking as alternatives to individual motorized trips.
Green Building

• The company continued their tree planting project lining the south side of Osprey headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, with deciduous trees. The trees provide cooling shade in the summer while allowing the sun's warmth to enter the building in the winter.

• The Osprey in-house recycling program is the most comprehensive business-recycling program of its kind in southwest Colorado. The 2009 calendar year saw the addition of electronic waste and household batteries into an already sizable list of accepted recyclables.

• Osprey helps support Telluride's mission to green their lifts by sponsoring green power for the Prospect Express (Lift 12).

• The Osprey Pro Deal Donation Program, which requires a $2 per transaction donation, raised more than $5,300 in 2009 for diverse, environmental non-profits including the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Pacific Crest Trail Association and others.

• Osprey donates five percent of all proceeds from bi-annual community Local's Sale events to select, local non-profit organizations. Osprey raised over $3,500 in 2009.

• 2009 marked Osprey's debut as a national sponsor of The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the United States.

“Osprey is committed to not only maintaining our current efforts, but seeking out new opportunities for long-term sustainability and community outreach,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey.

To obtain the full 2009 Osprey Sustainability Report and to learn about what sustainability means to Osprey, download the full 2009 Sustainability Report.

About Osprey
Independent since 1974 and anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs has long set the standard for creating innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. Our collection includes backpacks, pursuit specific packs, hydration packs, active everyday packs, and a full line of travel packs and bags. Located in Cortez, Colorado at the corner of the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of vast sandstone canyon country, this landscape provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for our products. We also maintain a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with our suppliers. Every Osprey ever built reflects our company's commitment to protect the wild places our customers explore while using our products. For more information about Osprey, visit www.ospreypacks.com.