How can we be ultralight on the planet?

We live at a unique point in time, one where our collective actions will determine the fate of the human race and all we share the planet with.

As a part of the outdoor community, how do we best play our part in resolving the issues? There’s no clear answer, but we can weigh available options and look towards how we might be able to influence and create future options.

Actions


1% for the Planet
  • YAMA has been a member of 1% for the Planet since 2019. We donate 1% of our revenue to environmental efforts in our local community.
Material
  • We are in the process of transitioning many of our tarps and shelters from silnylon and silpoly to Recycled Silpoly (Global Recycled Standard 4.0).
Waste
  • We hate throwing things away to sit in the landfill. That’s why we design and build YAMA gear to maximize lifespan for the material used. That sometimes comes at the expense of a little extra weight or cost, but that pales in comparison to the environmental cost of taking shortcuts. Basically, we try to make smart and balanced design choices.
  • Waste audits help us stay aware of how much trash we make. We periodically collect and weigh trimmings to estimate how much of each fabric we’re disposing overall. (“We threw away how much DCF?!?!?!”)
Shipping
  • We REUSE packaging materials when it makes sense. Thanks for your understanding if you receive your order in a box that has a history!
  • We use recycled content in our packaging materials as much as possible. New boxes are 100% post consumer waste and closed with paper tapes. Most of our padded mailers are 32.6% post consumer waste and designed for multiple uses. YOU can recycle these mailers and padded Priority Mail envelopes wherever grocery bags are accepted.
Energy
  • We purchase Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to match 100% of our estimated electricity use at the workshop.
  • Our domain is registered (and website formerly hosted) by GreenGeeks who exceed their energy usage by 300% with renewables.
  • We wear our puffy's in the shop to keep the heat down! Fun fact: we went for a whole winter without any heat in our Waynesboro, VA workshop (might also be part of why we're not there anymore).

To-do list


SEEKING


  • Collaboration with other brands to source more recycled fabrics, particularly silpoly and no-see-um netting.