Why yes, we do think it matters. It matters a lot!
From the fine details to big picture goals, we know our decisions about materials, partnerships, and daily operations can have far reaching effects outside this building. Climate change affects us all. It is personal. We have more progress to make, but here are a few ways we currently prioritize sustainability.
Reduce demand for raw materials
We build our quilts with fabrics made from recycled yarns (Pertex Quantum ECO).
Our included quilt storage bags are made from 100% recycled fabrics.
Reduce the use of harmful chemicals
Our fabric and down suppliers are bluesign® approved, so we know their processes and technologies are monitored and certified to minimize impact on people and the environment. All of our down is also RDS® (Responsible Down Standard) approved and certified to be ethically sourced.
Reduce our carbon footprint and waste in landfills
We intentionally design gear with longevity in mind. Ultralight gear does not have to fall apart sooner than other gear.
We donate gear to organizations and individuals in need, instead of sending it to the landfill.
We recycle and/or reuse packaging, office waste, and personal waste in the shop.
When available, our UPS shipments use the Carbon Neutral Offset program. This is currently not huge for us, but we’re working on having it applied to all of our UPS shipments. Once accomplished, we’ll use UPS for the majority of our shipping, in and out.
While Katabatic Gear is committed to making UL gear that exceeds your expectations, it is equally important that we minimize our negative impact on the planet and its occupants. Whether it’s a special place in the backcountry, or the city you live in, we want to do our part to maintain healthy land, air, and water to keep this a comfy home for all. Though ours is not a perfect plan, we will continue to search for ways to improve our sustainability efforts, and minimize the impact of our operations on the planet.