Osprey packs

As a relative newcomer to the Australian market, this company puts forward a ‘progressive’ reputation. It states that it is attempting to be an “outdoor industry leader in sustainability, environmental and social concerns”. However, once you start digging on their website it is not clear how much work is going into making the company more sustainable. Their commitment to good working conditions is heartening.

Osprey make a wide range of ‘urban’ and day packs (as well as larger back packs);


CATEGORY: un-rated

Sustainability criteria:
The Osprey website says it has a Sustainability Report but this is not currently available on their website:


  • reporting framework

No information available.

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

There is a range of Osprey packs that use a high percentage of recycled content (these are well marked).
However, there is no specific information on their website relating to how they are actually implementing sustainable practises.

  • energy consumption
  • carbon dioxide emissions
  • distance travelled
  • waste generated
  • water consumption
  • working conditions

From the Osprey website:
“Osprey founder and head designer Mike Pfotenhauer, (lives) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam .  Here … we design and build our packs to the exacting standards expected of Osprey.  Living in HCM City provides many benefits, including the ability to ensure fair labor standards and face-to-face relationships with the factories that build our packs, cultural enlightenment, and the design inspiration of a cosmopolitan city”.

The site does not specify what these ‘ fair labor standards’ are, or whether they are independtly verified..

  • other environmental claims or benefits

Osprey supports the ‘low impact’ ethos of back country travel, encourages its staff to support conservation initiatives and financially supports a range of conservation projects, campaigns and organisations: http://www.ospreypacks.com/OspreyLifestyle/EnvironmentalIntegrity/

  • details on who stocks the item/ where to find it/ where to get further information

Now widely available in Australia: http://www.ospreypacks.com/Dealers/

Castle Crag, TAS


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