Osprey will mark its own Green Friday this year by donating 20% of sales between Friday 27th and Monday 30th of November to long term partner and environmental charity European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA).
The organisation funds conservation projects and makes a tangible difference to threatened wild areas, species and habitats.
The donations from Green Friday will be used to fund multiple worldwide projects focusing on a plastic-free outdoors.
Working with EOCA, Osprey will be supporting key projects focusing on cleaning up plastic waste including the Oceans Initiative, which is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Europe’s oceans, seas, beaches, lakes and coastlines.
Funds will also be used to support Plastic Free Woodlands UK, set up by the Yorkshire Dales Trust to care for the people, landscape and wildlife of the environmentally significant Dales in the North of England.
Other projects include the Magdalena, Colombia River Clean-Up which protects ecosystems by clearing river plastic, empowering communities and protecting ecosystems for future generations.
“Osprey is committed to becoming the most sustainable outdoor hardgoods brand worldwide, with a laser focus on chemistry and fabrics, as well as our social responsibility as the world’s number one specialist backpack company” says Jonathan Petty, Osprey Europe MD. “Last Green Friday our community helped to fund the planting of over 1,300 trees, helping to restore tropical forests in Borneo and Ecuador. This year, we look forward to funding another cause which is close to our heart; the reduction of plastic pollution in the outdoors”
Osprey’s commitment to a greener outdoors will see nearly 50% of Osprey’s packs made from Bluesigh® approved fabrics by 2021, including the new fifth generation of Talon and Tempest, made from the first commercial use of Regen Robic recycled nylon. As of next year, all of Osprey’s packaging will be made from 100% recycled content, as well as being fully recyclable themselves.
Building on this pledge of innovation in green technology and chemistry, by 2023 the entire Osprey pack collection will be PFC free.
The Outdoors beckons, so head to www.ospreyeurope.com to join the effort towards a plastic-free outdoors.