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Reaction to our story on outdoor companies and their environmental impact

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2008 at 5:40 pm with No Comments »
February 5, 2008 5:40 pm

We’re getting good response from you guys about our story on what some outdoor companies and park services are doing to limit their environmental impact. Thanks.

One letter comes from a company we didn’t include. Here’s what they want you to know.

Your article in today’s paper is great – thank you for covering what the outdoor industry is doing to help the environment. We’re a little disappointed that we didn’t get to talk to you, as we’re proud to be a local company, still manufacturing the majority of our products at our headquarters in Seattle.

In fact, over 90% of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus and SealLine products are made at the Cascade Designs Headquarters at a brown field location in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. This urban location allows us to provide living wage U.S. Manufacturing jobs and more alternative commuting options for our employees. We’re also in a city with strong environmental standards and carbon neutral electricity – and close to the shipping port. "Lean manufacturing" techniques are used in the manufacturing process to limit waste in the form of materials, space and ultimately energy. Examples of this include re-use of shipping boxes, energy efficient lighting and keeping heat low when space in not occupied. The high quality, durable products made here are built to last a lifetime and are warranted for repair in an effort to keep them out of landfills. Our marketing materials are also designed to be recycled by using recycled content paper and soy based ink. Additionally, we give to organizations locally, nationally and globally that help conserve wild areas and maintain access to them for responsible recreation such as Washington Trails Association, Washington Water Trails Association, Backcountry Bicycle Trails Club, Leave No Trace, American Hiking Society, The Conservation Alliance, The Access Fund and Winter Wildlands Alliance.

- Tami Fairweather

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