Sustainability Practices

Sustainability has been a core principle at EXPED from the very start. Durability, reliability and reparability of our products are key all focus areas in their development.

EXPED's longstanding and close relationships with our partner factories and strong emphasis on environmentally-friendly production practices that reduce harm on our planet allow us to make outdoor gear that is responsibly and ethically made.

Learn more below.


    From 2024 onwards, all our products as well as our operations will be CO2-balanced with myclimate.

    EXPED calculates the carbon footprint of our products throughout the lifecycle, including the production of raw materials, the product's usage, and subsequent disposal or recycling. The calculated amount of CO2 equivalents (global warming potential) is then offset through meaningful myclimate climate protection projects.

    Did you know? In 2021, EXPED sleeping mats were the first & only mats on the market to be CO2 balanced with climate contribution projects.

    Learn more about climate protection with myclimate 

    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a family of non-degradable, man-made chemicals commonly used as dirt and water repellants. These chemicals are sometimes referred to as "forever" chemicals because they do not readily break down and instead accumulate in the environment.

    Our goal is for all our products to be completely PFAS-free by 2025. 100% of the EXPED range has already been PFOA (C8)-free since 2016. Only around 15% of our products still contain materials treated with DWR C6. This translates to 85% of our products being PFAS-free (sometimes also referred to in on our materials as PFC-free, an older designation for this family of chemicals).

    We completely avoid flame retardant treatments and fabrics made of PVC.


    All materials used in our products have been tested according to the highest quality and durability standards. EXPED products mainly feature OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 or bluesign®  certified fabrics, buckles and zippers.

    An increasing number of EXPED products also feature recycled materials. These are materials that have been obtained from previously produced goods — for example, from PET bottles or material waste from textile production.

    For years, we have also been upcycling and using material scraps that would otherwise have been discarded in other products.


    The decarbonization of the supply chain is a major challenge for the global economy. EXPED is facing this challenge together with European Outdoor Group (EOG) as a partner.

    Members of the EOC must commit the the Race to Zero initiative. From the EOC's website:

    "The Race to Zero (RTZ) is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global program to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. It mobilizes a coalition of initiatives, and all partners must meet robust science-aligned criteria in delivering credible measures that work towards genuine net zero emissions."

    Learn more about the EOG 
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  • Product design & production should find a balance between sustainable materials and durable, long-lasting construction.

    It’s not enough simply to choose materials that are recycled/recyclable or responsibly sourced. Products should be designed and built to perform as long as possible and to be repaired when necessary.

    Moreover, if/when a product reaches end of life, its components should be able to be reused or recycled.

  • Repair Shop Services

    All EXPED products are designed for maximum longevity. We process warranty cases and repairs with our own team of repair specialists at our in-house workshops in Zurich and Tacoma.

    The feedback and data gathered is a valuable source of information for future improvements and innovations.

    With the mat testing equipment in our repair workshops, our repair team can find & patch even the smallest puncture. Did your sleeping mat blow into a cactus and now has 100+ puncture holes? (It happens more than you think...) Don't worry, we've got you!

    Warranty & Repair Request Form 

    All EXPED packaging is made of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)-certified recyclable paper and cardboard. This provides a more sustainable packaging option by reducing the amount of resources used and does not add to the huge amount of plastics that contaminate our oceans.

    Certain accessories in our range are packaged in reusable zippered pouches. Only a few products, which need additional protection, come in an individual polybag.

    Learn more about the FSC 

    We support opportunities to give products "multiple lives" in the form of share economy and secondhand sales. This allows even used or repaired gear to find happy new owners rather than end up in a landfill.

    In Switzerland, EXPED cooperates with businesses like createlab—a service for renting outdoor equipment—and the secondhand outdoor shop 2nd Peak.

    In the United States, EXPED periodically uploads gently used and repaired gear to our webstore. Check our Used Gear collection for our latest offerings!

    Shop Used Gear 
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"To keep them in use as long as possible, we design our products according to their intended use and repair them whenever possible instead of replacing them."

> Muriel Weber, Sustainability Manager

  • COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIP with our factories

    The people behind our products are valuable to us. We have been working in close partnership with most of our suppliers for several decades, and this consistency has been fundamental to sustainable growth & production in our factories.

    EXPED maintains a strict supplier code of conduct for all our production partners. We visit all factories regularly and maintain an open dialogue.

    Learn more about our suppliers 

    The down used in our products is certified in accordance with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and is fully traceable. RDS adheres to the strictest animal welfare guidelines and guarantees species-appropriate animal husbandry without live plucking or forced feeding. Down, as a natural product, is almost indestructible. The down from non-repairable products is recycled and flows back into our new products.

    Each bag’s down is traceable throughout its supply chain, and every bag is sold with a QR code that links to compliance-specific data from the IDFL.

    EXPED commits to sourcing 100% of our wool from RWS-certified farmers and suppliers. The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) aims to improve the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. RWS is a voluntary standard to which farmers and vendors may be certified to show their progressive approach to animal and environmental welfare.


    We are a member of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). Through EOCA we help to fund global projects centered around nature conservation, protection, and regeneration. In addition to our membership dues, we contribute proceeds from certain European sales events to EOCA projects.

    We also support Protect Our Winters Switzerland (POW), the voice of the outdoor community for climate protection. Through collaboration with organizations like POW, we can help strengthen the outdoor community's commitment to climate protection through awareness and political advocacy.


    Our organic cotton products are manufactured from Fairtrade certified and recycled materials. Our organic cotton originates from India and is 100% grown by Fairtrade growers and certified and traded according to the Fairtrade Standards.

    Learn more about where our cotton comes from 
  • Steady Improvement

    GreenroomVoice is an independent organization that specializes in communicating and benchmarking the sustainability efforts of outdoor brands.

    The GRV Transparency Tool helps to communicate the environmental and social performance of our products in a transparent and comprehensible way, showing our sustainability commitment at the company as well as product level.

    View EXPED's sustainability report 
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