Yes, outdoor and travel gear ain’t cheap. And while the old adage of getting what you pay for rings true for high-quality, performance-oriented products, a handful of innovative companies do more than just charge a fair price and deliver the goods. They’ve also integrated some refreshing altruism into their identity, looking to keeping the world we love to explore sustainable. Here are seven of the best.
Colorado-based Osprey’s affection for the outdoors is self-evident; it’s literally written into most of their larger packs in the form of a label listing the principles of leave-no-trace backpacking and hiking. And that commitment extends to other aspects of their production, from an HQ that runs on 100 percent renewable energy to making packs entirely constructed of recycled material to corporate philanthropy with sustainability, social, and environmentally focused partners.