When Bruce McIntyre designed his first pack, his goal was to create something that would last. This simple objective informs our design process to this day – make products that will last. We believe in the skill of our designers and manufacturers, so if a Macpac product does fail within warranty, we’ll repair it free of charge. Our Repairs Department is one of the longest standing facets of our business, and it’s their job to keep Macpac products in the field for as long as possible.
We’ve had great success as a company over the last 40 plus years, and the stability that comes with success has enabled us to invest in good environmental practices. Our manufacturers are world leaders not only in quality, but in their commitment to sustainability. In terms of the materials used in Macpac products, there’s a few core badges and standards that you should be aware of:
Fabrics & Materials
We recognise the importance of making responsible fabric and material choices. As it stands, 40% of our range uses Bluesign® approved materials. This means that harmful chemicals have been eliminated from the fabric manufacturing process, ensuring that these products have the lowest possible impact on the environment. By 2021, our goal is to have 100% of the materials we use certified by a 3rd party for minimal environmental impact. We’ll keep you posted as we take steps towards achieving this goal.
100% Organic Cotton
We use 100% organic cotton wherever possible. Check out some of the benefits of using organic cotton:
⋅ Organic cotton preserves waterways by eliminating the use of harmful chemicals.
⋅ Organic cotton farmers use crop rotation to stimulate healthy soil, and healthy soil helps reduce Greenhouse emissions.
⋅ Organic cotton is grown from non-GMO plants, using methods and materials that have a much lower impact than the genetically modified alternative.
The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is a global standard in the ethical sourcing of down and feathers. But what does this actually mean?
⋅ The welfare of the birds is respected
⋅ RDS down and feathers are properly tracked at all times to ensure that there’s never any cross contamination between RDS and non-RDS down.
⋅ Each stage of the supply chain is audited by a professional third-party certification body.
⋅ Only products using 100% certified down and feathers can carry the RDS logo.
Polartec® Repreve® 100
Polartec® Repreve® 100 is a sustainable fabric made entirely of recycled plastics, to create technical fleece garments that perform at the same level as the traditional stuff. Our Polartec® Micro Fleece range is designed using Polartec® Repreve® 100, turning waste plastic into warmth, and protecting you from the elements.
Outside of our product design, we are committed to encouraging our staff to operate in a way that is environmentally responsible.
We are proud of our in-house repairs department, which has been an integral part of what we do since the very beginning. If a product fails due to a manufacturing fault or material defect, you can request a replacement or refund, or we’ll repair it for you free of charge. If the a product is damaged from a long life of adventure, we don’t want to see it go to landfill. Our repairs team will assess damaged gear, and if it’s possible, they’ll fix it and return it to you for a reasonable fee. We see some legendary pieces of equipment come through our repairs department - packs, jackets and sleeping bags that have many a story to tell. We celebrate these and the people who kept reusing them, repairing them, and handing them down through families for generations of adventures.