RMU Project Eco

 

Mission

To acknowledge and take steps to reduce our impact on the environment and climate through assessment of current products and practices, and careful development of environmentally friendly products and practices so that we, our friends and family, customers and colleagues can continue living and playing in the environments we love.


Vision

To be an outdoor gear brand that takes responsible action to reduce our environmental impact and emerge as a leader in sustainability in our industry.

Project Description

As outdoor enthusiasts and gear manufacturers, our lifestyles and livelihoods are heavily intertwined with the environment; not only are the outdoors our playground, but they are also our workplace and home. At RMU we believe that we can improve upon our current business practice while lessening the impact being had on the environments that we depend on for work, life and play. This is why we have created Project Eco, an initiative to assess and track our environmental impact to aid in the development of more environmentally friendly products and manufacturing processes.

The initial steps taken in Project Eco were the research and assessment of the materials used to build our skis. To assess the impacts of our skis, we conducted research to find the values for carbon emissions of the materials by using Life Cycle Inventory databases like EcoInvent and other published LCI's. From these numbers we were able to gain a general estimation of the carbon emissions created by the production of our skis. We decided to assess the carbon emissions specifically because those values can be translated into the most easily understood data for the general public and as well as being the most useful for our purposes. In addition to the information from our skis, we will transition our assessments to also cover our packs, soft goods and accessories. Currently, products like the Wood Logo Snapback and our Core Pack feature unused wood core waste as part of our initiative to reduce waste as well as the resources required for our products.

At RMU we acknowledge that we do have an impact on our environment and climate, but we view this as an opportunity to make changes and grow as a brand. As a small company we understand that these initial changes and assessments may be small and broad. Despite this, we are committed to making whatever changes are feasible to reduce the impact we have on our climate and environment, and to set an example for other industry brands and professionals. We hope that you will join us in our mission to reduce our impacts and to save the environments we work, live and play in.

 

 Implementation 

Project Eco will manifest itself in our every day business through research, assessment, product development, and campaigns. Project Eco begins with the research and assessment of our products, and the materials and processes used during the manufacturing of each. This research and assessment step attempts to assign values for the ecological impact of each material and process, as well as to assign an initial value for the percent of product that can be considered "sustainable" or "environmentally friendly." Once these assessments have been made, we are able to decide where we can make changes to feasibly reduce our impact and how to move forward with our product development. The product development stage of Project Eco will aim to create new products and improve upon current products with sustainability and the environment in mind. In addition to the products and manufacturing side of business, we aim to implement Project Eco by making changes at RMU HQ. This will include changing the paper products we use, how much we recycle, using recycled cardboard for shipping and reducing our energy consumption. Through Project Eco we aim to make continuous change with sustainability as our goal.

Current Projects

Core Pack - As mentioned in the Project Description our Core Pack is made using leftover wood ski core as the stay. Using this unused wood allows us to reduce the materials we consume to manufacture our products. 

Wood Logo Snapback - As mentioned in the Project Description our Wood Logo Snapback uses leftover wood ski core for the decorative logo. Using this unused wood allows us to reduce the materials we consume to manufacture our products. 

Skis - Currently we use Entropy Super Sap epoxy and resins to build our skis. The manufacturing of this epoxy system creates 50% fewer emissions than conventional petroleum based epoxies. Using Entropy Super Sap epoxy and resins is one of the steps we are taking to reduce the impacts of our skis, and it will not be the only step we take. Additionally, we are repurposing unused wood cores in many of our other products (see: Wood Logo Snapback, Core Pack.)

The values from our assessments will be added to ski product pages this fall!

Photo by Emily Tidwell Skier: Ethan Swadburg

Future projects

The future of sustainability for RMU holds many opportunities. Currently, our future sustainable projects include improving upon current products like sourcing our wood cores from Forest Stewardship Council certified sources, and creating a system to create a more sustainable office space. 

Where You Will See Project Eco

When navigating around our website, or any of our social media you may notice this icon. This indicates that the product or project was developed under Project Eco. More information about the product or project and its association with Project Eco can be found on its respective page on our site.



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