One Planet

about One Planet

From the company: “One Planet has a heritage in manufacturing outdoor equipment that is second to none. The company has continually evolved throughout its twenty eight year history. When Aiking and One Planet joined forces in 1997 they brought together the pinnacle of backpack and sleeping bag design”.

“The small, but dedicated, staff at the One Planet factory produce world class products for the travel and outdoor adventure market”.

“We believe that well made, robust, long lasting products equate to less consumption of raw materials, production energy and transport fuels. Quality cost less in the long run, not just for the purchaser, but also for the Earth”.

My summary

As a company that’s still producing good equipment here in Australia – notably their range of backpacks – there is a very good reason to support them when you can. The company seems to be Australian first and interested in sustainability second, which means there is a trade off for those people wanting to support those companies that are at the cutting edge of lower impact technology and approaches.

category: Getting there (**)

Sustainability criteria:

  • reporting framework: how does the company benchmark what it does/ reports? Does it use one of the international accredited systems

It is a member of the federal government’s Greenhouse Challenge program, which means that signatories “undertake to put in place appropriate, practical and cost-effective actions to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and to encourage its staff and other external stakeholders to implement their own actions”. While there are various critiques available of voluntary, opt in programs (it is voluntary, note the proviso ‘cost effective’) this is still a good benchmark program as it requires the company to do a greenhouse gas emissions inventory so as to then identify places where reductions in emissions can be made.

  • information on resources used – recycled materials, use of renewable materials, etc

While the company gets strong points for being locally based, this could cause problems for them in terms of remaining economically viable given employment costs will be greater than product made in places like China. Accordingly, the company says that “we source our raw materials from the most economically viable source which can also give consistent quality and reliability of delivery. This means we buy from suppliers in Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, China, Indonesia, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. We also import finished goods from China – tents and sleeping bags”.

Attention to sourcing sustainable and lower impact materials does not seem to be a major commitment of the company.

  • energy consumption & carbon dioxide emissions

The company, through the Greenhouse Challenge program, has sought to reduce emissions through shifting to use of green power (wind and solar), plus ensuring their buildings and vehicles are well maintained to use less resources.

” Our factory is a member of the Greenhouse Challenge Plus and contributes zero CO2 emissions by offsetting using Greenfleet, Green Power and other initiatives”.

  • distance travelled

While sleeping bags and tents are imported from China, the backpacks are made in Australia: “Every aspect of the process is done in Australia from design, to cutting, making and finishing. We endeavour to source Australian components wherever possible and are pleased to have ongoing relationships with Australian owned suppliers who manufacture in Australia”. The company notes that most of their products are sold in Australia, meaning travel distance is relatively low.

  • waste generated

Like a number of other manufacturers, the aim of One Planet is to “make a product which is designed to last – this means that the customer buys a product which will not need replacing as often as other brands and hence end up in landfill so early. We also provide an extensive repair/refurbishment facility to aid the longevity of the product”.

This ethos – make something well that is made to last, then ensure it can be fixed – is at the core of sustainable approaches to design.

  • water consumption
  • working conditions

No information is available

  • other environmental claims or benefits
  • details on who stocks the item/ where to find it/ where to get further information

Available here.

on The Bluff, VIC

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4 Responses to One Planet

  1. kurt kostyrko says:

    hi i have a one planet pack that needs some repairs done to it,can you send me a link of a site that can help me out please?

  2. Cam Walker says:

    hi Kurt
    i think you will need to email them directly to ask:
    http://www.oneplanet.com.au/contact.html

    regards, cam

  3. schnaedelbach says:

    anyone got any feed back on their gear? they appear to have quite a range. who stock them?

  4. Mat says:

    For gear repair from any manufacturer, Remote Repairs in Little Burke Street can’t be beat. As Cam says, Contacting Andrew (One Planet) directly isn’t a bad idea either.

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