Introducing Osprey

June 18, 2020

Osprey was founded by Mike Pfotenhauer in 1974. He opened a retail shop in Santa Cruz, California where backpackers and travelers came for custom-fit, made-to-order packs constructed over several days by Mike himself. Demand for the great-fitting packs increased and Osprey relocated to its current home in Southwest Colorado. 

From the beginning, Osprey has taken a truly holistic approach to ensure they leave as little trace possible. They are guided by their three pillars of sustainability to stay true to that goal.

Pillar 1: Materials

They use the highest-quality materials with the lowest environmental impact in their products, including bluesign®-approved and recycled materials, and they submit these materials to third-party labs for auditing. 

Pillar 2: Chemicals

From water repellents to dyes, chemicals are necessary to create their high-quality products — but those chemicals don't need to be harmful. Osprey has adopted the bluesign® Restricted Substances List, and is shifting all chemical DWR treatments to PFC-free. They practice responsible chemical management through strict and audited compliance.  

Pillar 3: Social Responsibility

Osprey has implemented a world-class factory code of conduct based on the Ethical Trade Initiative that guarantees appropriate minimum wage, maximum work week, health and safety and the right to unionize. Their factories are audited for compliance via the Worldwide Ethic Alliance.

Osprey is continually working toward sustainable solutions and finding more ways to keep their products in use for as long as possible.  The Renewal Workshop is so proud to launch the Osprey Renewed Collection and give their high-quality gear a new life.


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