Designed to last; built with the environment in mind.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A “SUSTAINABLE” PRODUCT
So we’re going with the next best thing: producing products as responsibly as possible, building them to last, and designing them to be versatile, so the buyer can minimize the number of products they need. The road to reducing our impact takes time, but we're committed to learning, improving, and sharing what we learn, every step of the way.
We only use modern, durable, technical materials that are animal-friendly and have the lowest possible environmental impact. We work to improve our supply chain and products by constantly looking for lower impact replacements for materials and processes.
Fabric from single-use plastic
We’re stoked to be using rPET for the exterior fabrics of the Pakt Travel Backpack. rPET is a material consisting of recycled single-use plastic. Should this type of plastic have ended up in a landfill, it would take about 700 years for it to break down into the soil.
For leather-like accents, we source animal-friendly high quality PU leather – a greener alternative to more commonly used PVC, both in production and after-care. It does not require highly toxic chemical plasticizers and is more degradable than PVC.
The last thing we want to do is add more unnecessary stuff to the world. We would rather have a small line of great products where each product clearly adds value to people's lives, rather than grow the line simply because “that’s what companies do,” or “that’s what retailers expect.”
Built to stand the test of time
We believe in buying quality over quantity, which is why we create our products to last a lifetime of adventures. If you ever have any issues with any of your products, we’ll take care of it; and we’ll work to make them even better in our future production runs.
Conserving resources through crowdfunding
One of the reasons we’ve opted to go the crowdfunding route is that it allows us to more accurately order products according to demand. So instead of ordering, say 10,000 bags, and then crossing our ﬁngers that we’ll sell them all, we can reduce waste and conserve resources by only ordering materials for what we need.
We’ve developed personal relationships with our manufacturing partners and suppliers to ensure our bags are produced under safe, fair, legal, and humane working conditions.
TRUSTED MANUFACTURING PARTNERS
Our bag manufacturing partners are located in Vietnam, a hub for talented sewers and high quality soft goods production. We have worked with these partners for years and made multiple factory visits to work side-by-side during the production runs for our products. We are proud to call them both partners and friends.
We build close relationships with the manufacturing teams to learn every step of the process and understand the impact on both the environment and the employees at the facilities. Not only do we visit these locations ourselves, but we also regularly schedule third-party inspectors to confirm health, safety, and compensation standards are in place for all employees.
We’re deeply committed to keeping our oceans healthy, so we’ve opted to ship our products in 100% plastic-free packaging. In fact, we feel so strongly about it, we even created a separate organization, SeaHive, dedicated to fighting environmentally harmful plastic packaging. Through SeaHive we ﬁght plastic pollution before it enters our oceans by helping other companies eliminate plastic packaging while raising awareness with consumers.
Eco-friendly Fulfillment Considerations
The journey of how your product gets to your door is something we take seriously and analyze every step of the way.
The design for each product’s carton minimizes airspace and maximizes density in any shipping container or vehicle to decrease the carbon footprint of transport. There is no “small box within a big box” with extra padding materials.
LOW IMPACT TRANSPORTATION
We choose to ship our products from our factories overseas to our US-based shipping facility by ocean freight instead of air. According to MIT, long-haul air freight generates 47 times as much greenhouse gas emissions as ocean freight, per ton-mile.
Working with fulfillment partners that understand our commitment to the environment is key. We have selected fulfillment partners that are dedicated to providing plastic-free alternatives to standard packaging, such as using recycled shredded boxes as an alternative to plastic bubble void fill.
Pakt has been a remote team since it all began in 2018. Today, we are a group of six people working virtually together from four different states in two different time zones. We choose not to anchor ourselves to an office building or have a long commute into work. This small but purposeful practice helps our team cut traffic congestion, reduce emissions, and improve employee productivity and happiness. It’s better for our people, and better for the planet.
The latest: Pakt is Climate Neutral Certified
Becoming a more responsible company is a journey, and we are constantly pushing ourselves to learn more and improve based on the information we gather.
We’re so excited to announce that we are Climate Neutral Certified. We have measured our carbon footprint for 2020, offset it in its entirety, and have pledged to reduce future emissions with several new initiatives.
For more information, please see our latest blog posts below.