Stewardship & Sustainability
OUR COMMITMENT TO GIVE BACK!
GIVING BACK TO PUBLIC LANDS
Waymark Gear Co. is proud to call Utah our home, where over 60% of the state is public lands. Home of the Mighty Five National Parks, Utah is full of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Our mission in giving back to public lands is to donate a portion of yearly revenue to non profits, trail organizations, and land management agencies working to maintain and protect public lands.
With the release of our DARK SKY 18L Daypack in August 2022, we committed to donating to the International Dark Sky Association with the sales of the DARK SKY backpack. Waymark Gear Co. is proud to call Utah our home. Utah currently has the highest number of certified dark sky areas in the world, which play an important part in public land protection. Certified Dark Sky areas protect these public and state lands from light pollution that has an affect on wildlife and light pollution makes it difficult for us to observe the night sky.
In addition to monetary donations, Waymark Gear Co is committed to volunteering as a team to give back to our local trails by working with local non profit organizations who work to protect and maintain our trails. We also strive to educate our customers on proper Leave No Trace practices, and encourage others to be mindful of the impact we have when using public lands.
Waymark Gear Company has supported various non profit organizations within Utah that support the protection of public and indigenous lands. Including the Bears Ears Coalition, Friends of Cedar Mesa and Cottonwood Canyons Foundation. We are committed to continued support of these organizations and other organizations whose mission is to protect Public Lands.
The Waymark Gear team in August 2021 spent a day volunteering with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation doing trail maintenance work on the Red Pine Trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. Learn more about our trail day.
Our goal at Waymark Gear Co. is to continually be mindful of the impact we create with the production of our products. Seeking out opportunities to reduce our impact and supporting sustainable production processes, allows us to limit the amount of waste being contributed to landfills. This not only applies to our in-house production, but also where we source materials for our products.
Reducing Production Waste
Waymark Gear Co. is committed to reducing waste and using sustainable practices within our production shop. This includes a mindful approach to how fabrics are used in the cutting process, and eliminating overall waste. Scrap materials are used in production of accessory items such as our ZIPP Hip Pack, hip belt pockets and stretch shoulder pockets, as well as creating custom one off products sold on our On The Shelf page of our website. Reducing the amount of waste produced from cutting fabrics allows us to keep more from going into landfills.
In addition to being mindful of the amount of waste produced in the production of our products, we focus the design of our backpacks and gear around high quality, recycled fabrics from Challenge Outdoor (Challenge Sailcloth). Each product we create contains some level of recycled fabrics in their construction. Specifically, the fabrics we use are:
- ECOPAK: EPX200, EPX400 - 100% Recycled Polyester
- UltraWeave: Ultra 200, Ultra 400 - UHMWPE/Polyester weave with recycled RUV film
- UltraGrid: 210D Recycled Nylon with Ultra Fiber double ripstop
- UltraStretch: 4-way stretch with Ultra Fiber woven throughout for maximum abrasion resistance and strength
- RBC (Recycled Bag Cloth): RBC 200, RBC 400, RBC 450RS, RBC 600, RBC 1200 Cordura re/cor
Learn more about Challenge Outdoor Recycled Fabrics!