The pandemic has derailed everyone’s life—not to mention their climbing trip. It has also shocked the global economy in ways we won’t fully understand (or see the end of) anytime soon. But this should redouble our efforts to strive toward a more sustainable, circular economy, particularly in the outdoor-recreation sector.
This year, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Arc’teryx has committed to taking immediate action on climate change. As an official sponsor of the Earth Day 50 Initiative, the North Vancouver–based company is resolving to do its part by setting Science-Based Targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The brand will implement a four-tiered approach: lower-impact materials and product design, renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, and circular business models.
“Now that our emissions reduction targets have been verified by the Science Based Targets Institute, it’s time for us to roll up our sleeves and get after them,” says Drummond Lawson, Chief of Staff at Arc’teryx and Sustainability Director for the past 10 years.
“We’ll focus on using lower impact materials and will continue to design for maximum durability to keep our products out of landfill. It’s this durability and enduring quality that makes Arc’teryx gear a great candidate for circular economy initiatives like our Used Gear program.”
“As we evolve towards a sustainable, low emissions mode of operations, we’re also committed to creating energy efficiencies throughout our supply chain. By the end of this year, for instance, we’ll be using 100% renewable energy in our offices, Design Centre, ARC’One facility and Arc’teryx stores worldwide.”
“Now more than ever, we see the importance and value of community and we hope to inspire others to join us in this urgent issue,” adds Katie Wilson, Senior Manager, Social + Environmental Sustainability at Arc’teryx. “These ambitious goals will ensure our company is taking the transformational action needed to fight climate change and progress toward a low-carbon economy.”
Find out more about Arc’teryx’s new targets here.