Phasing out single-use plastics by 2032 and creating alternative options, such as installing reusable water bottle filling stations, will bring myriad benefits for our people and our planet.
PETALUMA, Calif. – CamelBak®, the global leader in award-winning personal hydration products and a Vista Outdoor Inc. brand, applauds U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s recent order aimed to reduce the procurement, sale and distribution of single-use plastic products and packaging to phase out single-use plastic products on Department-managed lands by 2032.
Sec. Haaland on Wednesday issued Secretary’s Order 3407, which is part of the implementation of President Biden’s Executive Order 14057 that calls for federal agencies to minimize waste and support markets for recycled products.
The Order comes on World Ocean Day and just a few months after CamelBak President Greg Williamson wrote an opinion piece in Outside Business Journal in support of these very actions now being implemented. In his editorial, We need more water stations on federal lands, Williamson called for bipartisan support to end the sale and use of plastic water bottles in national parks and public lands, along with creating more reusable water filling stations to reduce waste.
“The result of a throwaway culture is more plastic waste finding its way into landfills or, worse, into waterways,” he wrote. “It’s taking an environmental toll on the lands we all love, regardless of which party we support at the ballot box. Thankfully, a solution to this problem exists. Expanding water refilling stations on public lands, along with promoting the practice of reusable water bottles and hydration packs, would give visitors more options for staying hydrated, improve the visitor experience, and reduce waste and trash collection costs.”
On Wednesday, Williamson lauded the Department’s Order, which also calls for identifying “opportunities to shift public behavior to reduce single-use plastic products, such as installing additional water fountains and reusable water bottle filling stations.”
“CamelBak’s longstanding mission has been for the world to ‘ditch disposable,’ and this Order brings that ideal within reach,” Williamson said. “We wholeheartedly support Sec. Haaland’s Order because reducing plastic use on public lands is good for all stakeholders. Phasing out single-use plastics by 2032 and creating alternative options, such as installing reusable water bottle filling stations, will bring myriad benefits for our people and our planet.”
Sec. Haaland’s Order also directs the Department “to identify nonhazardous, environmentally preferable alternatives to single-use plastic products, such as compostable or biodegradable materials, or 100 percent recycled materials. Single-use plastic products include plastic and polystyrene food and beverage containers, bottles, straws, cups, cutlery and disposable plastic bags that are designed for or intended to be used once and discarded.”
“The Interior Department has an obligation to play a leading role in reducing the impact of plastic waste on our ecosystems and our climate,” said Sec. Haaland. “As the steward of the nation’s public lands, including national parks and national wildlife refuges, and as the agency responsible for the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats, we are uniquely positioned to do better for our Earth. Today’s Order will ensure that the Department’s sustainability plans include bold action on phasing out single-use plastic products as we seek to protect our natural environment and the communities around them.”
Founded in 1989, CamelBak invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. CamelBak is achieving its mission to continually reinvent and forever change the way people hydrate and perform by offering a mix of award-winning products that include everything from technical hydration packs to reusable bottles. For more information about CamelBak, please visit www.camelbak.com.
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for any one brand on its own. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fiber Energy Products, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.