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A Sustainable New Year

January 5th, 2009

In the wake of the holidays, that time when sustainability tends to take a back seat to travel commitments and requisite gift-giving, a lot of people look to limit their environmental impact. It wouldn’t be surprising if this New Year saw more resolutions to be carbon conscious, whether it’s opting for a chilly bike ride or turning down the thermostat. One way people can chose to reduce their footprint is by using products that last, thus precluding more materials for their replacement and saving landfill space. Making a backpack that’s built to last a lifetime is one of Osprey’s fundamental contributions to sustainability. Last year, Osprey backed up its workmanship and product performance with an All Mighty Guarantee so there would be no doubts about quality and performance.

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It’s a good feeling to know that when I get a pack, I can depend on it for many adventures and excursions in the future. I think that’s why you tend to see a lot of older Osprey packs still being used by their owners, whether it’s out in the backcountry or in the airport terminal. Last weekend a friend and I made a trip to Berthoud Pass for a few backcountry turns, each with our Osprey packs in tow. I had my Talon 33, and he, despite having a shiny new AT setup this winter season, is still rocking his Exposure 36 that’s been abused for years. A couple of new buckles here and there, and it’s still good to go. That’s my idea of sustainability.

So, if you are one of those people resolved to reducing their carbon load this year, it’s good to know your pack brand has the same commitment to tread a little more lightly. Stay tuned this new year for more news and sustainability updates from Osprey.

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