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When making our products, we seek out materials that exceed the performance and safety expectations of our diverse users. We test- and retest- at various stages of the manufacturing process to ensure the product (and the materials it's made from) works the way it should in worst case conditions like bone-chilling cold, desert-hot heat, and prolonged exposure to the elements. And of course, it should go without saying that our products meet or exceed FDA and EU regulations.
We think the best way to reduce waste is to create products that last. So our products are meant to be used over and over and over again- standing up to rigorous use before they are eventually recycled or repurposed. But we also think it's important to make small choices that can make a big difference. We've carefully thought about many of the day-to-day "housekeeping" tasks at CamelBak to make sure we are walking the proverbial walk. After all, our company's long-term vision is to eliminate bottled water and the environmental waste it generates. Here are some small steps we've taken about which we feel pretty good:
Our Petaluma, California headquarters is built to LEED-certification standards
We've eliminated disposable bottled water at our offices. Perhaps this is not so surprising...
Our San Diego, California distribution center uses rechargeable, electric equipment to lower CO2 emissions and provide a healthier workplace for our employees
The dedicated business operations team based in Asia reduces our intercontinental travel
Our sourcing team works hard to find and develop materials that are more sustainable and biodegradable
Our bottles are all dishwasher safe. The dishwasher uses half the energy, one-sixth of the water and less soap vs. hand-washing
CamelBak has a recycling program for paper, plastics and aluminum- and we set our printers to print on both sides of a page whenever possible
CamelBak's headquarters office is accessible via public transit, and is bike commute-friendly with bike storage facilities, showers and lockers
When it is time to replace your CamelBak product, we recommend that you disassemble the product as fully as possible. Place any plastic components into your curbside recycling. Then, donate any material components (e.g., packs) to Goodwill or other re-use organizations, as they're experts in re-purposing items to keep them out of a landfill.