Mountainsmith began producing some of its packs and other products from recycled plastic water bottles six years ago. Today the selection of recycled products has expanded significantly to include everything from backpacks to lumbar packs to camera bags to dog packs.
The company uses its own proprietary “ReDura” fabric, the outdoor industry’s first fabric produced entirely from recycled PET plastic. (PET, aka polyethylene teraphthalate, is the ubiquitous plastic used in soda, water, and other plastic drink bottles.)
Mountainsmith is perhaps best known for its iconic line of oversized lumbar packs (or “technical lumbar systems” as the company likes to call them), but also produces a line of hyper-durable camera bags, travel luggage and accessories, and backpacks—almost all of which are made from its recycled PET fabric.
The large-capacity Apex 75 backpack (pictured), for example, utilizes the equivalent of 24 recycled 16-ounce plastic bottle. Another nice example is the Phoenix backpack, which won an Editors’ Choice Green award from Backpacker Magazine in 2008, a distinction given to the most environmentally-friendly outdoor products.
View the entire Mountainsmith selection of recycled products (scroll down below the “category matches” to get there) and consider taking a few bottles out of the waste stream…and into the backcountry on your next adventure.
Learn more about backpack designs and fit:
Backpack to the Future: Five trends in pack design and technology (2011)
Got No Hips? How to deal with a common backpack fit issue (2011)
Backpack Shoulder Straps: Honing Fit (2010)
Backpack Waistbelts: Honing Fit (2010)
“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.