What's the use of making long-lasting products if the subject matter keeps disappearing?
We ask ourselves this question on a regular basis. Since our inception, a respect for and fascination of the natural world, indigenous communities and cultural heritage has evolved into support for organizations that promote conservation and restoration. As we design products, we increasingly integrate materials that reduce our environmental impact. We believe our efforts help create a brighter future for the land, animals and people on this planet.
Taking Deliberate Steps to Recycle and Conserve Resources
We take pride in constructing camera and digital accessory bags that withstand the tests of travel, trekking, weather and time. To make products that are extremely durable and long-lasting requires sourcing the toughest fabrics and materials on earth — ones that are commonly made from non-renewable resources. But we want to do more to source and use recycled materials that help us tread more lightly on the earth... and we have. In 2007, the Primus AW was the world's first camera backpack made with 100% post-consumer, recycled Cyclepet™ exterior fabric — the equivalent of 22, 16 oz. PET bottles. In 2008, we added two backpacks and launched our most resource-friendly bags to date, the Terraclime series of three digital pouches and a DSLR shoulder bag. More than 95% of the content is recycled, inside and out. We are only at the beginning of a long path and continue to integrate earth-conscious materials into our new designs.
Supporting Groups that Preserve and Protect
We support a diverse group of nonprofit organizations who make it their mission to protect, preserve and create awareness about fragile and disappearing places, creatures and communities. We also support photographers and artists who document the effects climate change is having on our planet. Learn more.
Raising Awareness about Bear Habitats
Lowepro is proud to have been a significant participant in the campaign to preserve the Spirit Bear — a rare subspecies of the American Black Bear whose habitat was threatened by clear-cut logging. In 2001, a 240,000-acre Spirit Bear protection area was established and logging banned in significant valleys of the Great Bear Rainforest. We continue our support of creatures in need with the Arctic survivalist — the polar bear. In 2006, we joined forces with Polar Bears International (PBI) to help raise awareness about the plight of these bears and the effects of global warming. A portion of the proceeds of our Primus AW, Primus Minimus AW, CompuPrimus AW, Terraclime 100, 50, 30 and 10 bags goes directly to PBI to help in their efforts to protect polar bear habitat. To find out more about polar bears, their fragile environment and what you can do to help, please visit the PBI web site.