How can we be ultralight on the planet?

We understand that the issues facing our planet are existential and require urgent action. That's why we're building awareness and consideration of our environmental impacts into the foundation of how we do business.

Actions


Climate Action Corps
  • YAMA Mountain Gear is proud to be a founding member of the Climate Action Corps, a group of collaborating companies taking the lead on climate action in the outdoor industry. We are committed to measuring, planning and reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will share our progress.
1% for the Planet
  • YAMA has been a member of 1% for the Planet since 2019, donating 1% of our revenue to environmental efforts in our local community.
Greenhouse Gas Accounting
  • We measure our Scope 1 & 2 emissions and are working on measuring Scope 3.
Material
  • We have transitioned many of our tarps and shelters from silnylon and silpoly to Recycled Silpoly (Global Recycled Standard 4.0).
Waste
  • Waste Specs are provided for a growing number of our products. This spec shows you about how much in-house waste is produced for a given product. Look for it in the product specifications.
  • Waste audits help us stay aware of how much trash we make. We periodically collect and weigh unrecoverable trimmings to estimate how much of each fabric we’re disposing overall. (“We threw away how much DCF?!?!?!”)
  • We hate throwing things away to sit in the landfill. 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 to keep your gear on the trail as long as possible.
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


  • Become carbon neutral by 2023.
  • Explore treatments that could aid the breakdown of polyester at end-of-life
  • Test foams grown from mycellium. Fungus!

SEEKING


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