Using a rating system out of 100 we can score every product and ensure it is true to our purpose of creating good in the world. We must ensure our products are benefiting the people who use them, the people who make it, and our planet.
All products must receive a score of at least 70% to carry the G Adventures name.
1. Healthy Workers
The people who make our products are as important to us as our own staff. We ensure the factories where our products are made offer a safe and healthy work environment for all their workers.
Scoring is based on: Certified
2. Minimized Shipping
Shipping and transportation are a major source of greenhouse gasses and a contributor to climate change through the release of carbon dioxide. We will consider all options to minimize shipping whenever possible. There are many ways we can achieve this, such as, order single large shipments instead of several smaller ones, manufacturing closer to the final destination, drop shipping from manufacturer to final destination, local warehouses and choosing vehicle options with less pollutants (sea instead of air transport).
Scoring is based on: Shipping method, Shipping route, Shipping frequency & Manufacturing location
3. Extended Lifespan
The best way to ensure a product is sustainable is to insure that it will not need to be replaced. By using superior materials and quality craftmanship we will give our products the best chance at a long and purposeful life. We will also create products which have a lasting use and timeless style by avoiding following trends or fads and not making single-use products.
Scoring is based on: Durable, Useful & Material
4. Recycled and Recyclable Product
Many items can now be created using recycled materials, and many products can be recycled after their life has expired. When possible, we will use recycled material, or alter the product to use recycled material. We will also provide information to the user of the product whether the item can be recycled, what it's made from, and how it can be recycled.
Scoring is based on: Recycled materials & End of life
5. Minimized Packaging
Packaging and packing materials will be reduced and eliminated whenever possible. Eliminating plastics, styrofoam, and bubble wrap whenever possible and instead using paper, cardboard, and other recyclable materials.
Scoring is based on: Bulk packaged, Special packaging, Amount of packaging & Packaging material
6. Reduced Environmental Impact
Some materials are better than others. Some are made of natural elements. Some are sourced from renewable resources. Some are made with as little waste as possible. These are what we are looking for. From bamboo to water based paints, the more natural, self-sustaining and chemical -free the material, the better. Even the manufacturing methods of a product needs to be considered, since additive as opposed to subtractive manufacturing is best and produce the least waste.
Scoring is based on: Toxicity, Manufacturing methods, Raw materials & End use
If an item can have multiple uses, then there are fewer items to make. Not only is this a common travel philosophy, it's also a design ideology. Why have two items when one will do? We will consider how we can combine items to reduce the need for more consumption. Zip-off pants? Why not. Packaging that can be repurposed? Yes, please! A sleeping bag that’s also a jacket? I think we are on to something.
Scoring is based on: Single use & Multi-purposed
8. Less is More
As a very simple example, if we are making a shirt that has 10 buttons, let's remove one and have nine instead. Thats a 10% cost saving, but also a 10% savings in sourcing, manufacturing, shipping and assembly. Not to mention 10% faster to put on every day (imagine what you can do with the extra time). By streamlining design, we not only make it easier to produce, but we can also reduce weight (to save on shipping), make it easier to use (for a better consumer experience), make it less expensive and create a visual language that can carry across our product lines.
Scoring is based on: Reduction of materials, Minimized componentry & Refined design
9. Healthy Body
The health of our planet is important, but so is the health of our people. That's why we want to eliminate anything harmful or dangerous from our products, or eliminate those products all together. Physical elements such as chemicals are an easy item to eliminate, but we want to consider a person's mental well-being as well. We don’t want to produce items that promote laziness. We don’t want to produce items that promote self-destructive behavior. We do want to produce items that promote a healthy lifestyle and are safe to use, for the body and the mind.
Scoring is based on: Non-toxic & Natural
10. Integrated Design
Sustainability has to be built into the DNA of a product, right from the first concept sketch to the final delivery. What might seem like a small detail can have long-lasting effects down the line, and these need to be fully considered. Can we create new from waste? Sure can. Will adding this improve that? Maybe, let's try. If these concepts can be applied at the beginning of a project, we can ensure they are carried all the way through.
Scoring is based on: Shared resources