Our Sustainability Journey
Whilst we recognise here at Osprey that we are far from perfect and that there is much more work to do, throughout 2021 and 2022 we've incorporated several initiatives regarding ocean plastic waste and sustainability.
Three years ago we made the decision to stop manufacturing polystyrene bodyboards in the interest of protecting UK beaches & oceans whilst also educating retailers & customers about the effects of these products on the ocean envrionment.
Recently, we have chosen to work closely and support a variety of sustainably focused businesses such as CleanHub to help reduce the amount of ocean bound waste across two continents. Our organisation has also created a Sustainability Committee, through which we have invested in the following initiatives.
- Solar panels to power our facilities & warehousing electricity needs at our HQ.
- Plug in electic vehicles for our sales team who travel regularly.
- Electric powered warehouse vehicles.
- A significant reduction in single use plastics in our product packaging.
Osprey x CleanHub
For a second year running we have partnered with CleanHub as a supporter. committing to to funding the removal of a further 12,000kgs of plastic from the environment over the next 12 months, the equivalent of 1kg for every Osprey website order.
Using plastic comes with a responsibility. In many cases, plastic is still the most viable option for packaging. However, we believe it is also our responsibility to take care of the waste generated by our activities. Through our partnership with CleanHub, we are able to act on that responsibility and invest in resilient waste management solutions across Asia.
From April 2022, our portfolio of collection partners will started collecting on our behalf across Asia, with the goal to reach 25,000kg of plastic removal in 12 months.
You can follow our journey and live collection updates by visiting our impact report here.
Where We're Collecting
By working with a portfolio of collection partners, Osprey supports the safe collection and recovery of ocean bound plastic waste. This contribution supports clean environments and creates sustainable jobs across various locations in Asia including India and Indonesia.
Wetsuit Recycling Options
Each year, an estimated 8,380 tonnes of wetsuit waste end up in landfill. As part of our ongoing sustainability journey, we’ve been looking into ways that we can reduce the amount of Osprey wetsuits being disposed of. We've partnered with some amazing small businesses across the south of England who are accepting used and/or damaged wetsuit donations to be sold or created into something new.
At Osprey Action Sports, we recognise that we still have a way to go in terms of being sustainable, but this is something that we are working towards throughout 2022 and onwards.