At GSI Outdoors, we are committed to making the best products possible while doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a founding member of the OIA Climate Corps since 2019, we aspire to help lead the outdoor industry towards a path of significant carbon reduction.
Follow our journey as we navigate this complex issue and find out how you can make an impact too. We are all in this journey together!
HOW ARE WE DOING THIS?
Our steps towards being carbon positive officially started in 2020 with a plan to measure, create targets, reduce, and offset. We identified four main categories to reduce our carbon footprint.
The plans and goals GSI Outdoors created in 2020 are now simply how we design and innovate our product and packaging today. Over the next nine years, our science-based target (SBT) will continue to grow and evolve in our four main pillars as we continue to find better solutions. We are learning one puzzle piece at a time to the largest puzzle we've ever worked on.
- 373,355 poly bags remove 500k in packaging by 2023.
- 157,000 rPET replaced virgin soft materials
- 6,000 mangrove trees planted to offset the unavoidable emissions.
- 9,768 products saved from landfill with parts + warranty program.
SeaTrees is an organization that restores, replants and protects coastal ecosystems around the world to help reverse climate change. By partnering with like-minded brands to directly fund projects that restore coastal ecosystems, we can collectively leverage the power of business to accelerate a positive change, while creating jobs and livelihoods that will maintain these healthy ecosystems for the future.
GSI partnered with SeaTrees in 2021. Year to date (UPDATE) 6k Mangrove trees planted in Mida Creek Watamu, Kenya.
Yep, 90% of all carbon in the GLOBAL carbon cycle is stored in the ocean. This is where it should be sequestered to reverse climate change.
Mangroves forests “suck” (aka sequester) 5-10 times more CO2 out of the atmosphere per hectare than tropical rainforests. Much of that carbon is stored in the soil and sediment that make up a mangrove ecosystem. We work with our local planting partners COBEC to plant mangroves in Kenya, Eden Projects to plant mangroves in West Papua, Indonesia, and protect one of the largest tracts of mangrove forest in the Gulf of Thailand with Wildlife Alliance.
ECO BY DESIGN
Through groundbreaking technology, efficient design, and better materials we are adapting our products to a more sustainable future.
Fitting the Eco puzzle pieces together is our pledge, responsibility, challenge, and commitment. Products in the GSI Outdoors eco line lead the way when it comes to materials, manufacturing, and distribution. We are committed to continuing to innovate and solving this puzzle.
Recycled or sustainable materials that are efficiently used and long lasting.
Factories with lower carbon footprints and that are moving toward sustainable energy sources.
Low sulfur bunker fuel shipping containers.