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Lowepro on a mission to make sustainable camera bags with new green rating system

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Being more environmentally friendly is no longer a marketing gimmick but a serious aim for many photographic companies. We've seen Sony release its green objectives (opens in new tab) and found the most green website hosts (opens in new tab), but what about when it comes to camera accessories – those items we buy frequently, and just as frequently replace?

titleLowepro commits to making sustainable camera bags with new green rating systembags to benefit from this new approach is the popular Lowepro ProTactic 350 AW II (opens in new tab) which will now show a green rating score. 

Lowepro makes some of the best camera backpacks (opens in new tab), camera bags and cases (opens in new tab) so for such a big company to put an emphasis on sustainability is a big step in the right direction. The new process to make ProTactic bags uses recycled fabric, the material is dyed using a solution dying process and overall, around 80% less water is used while also significantly reducing the carbon footprint.

Starting with the ProTactic, Lowepro bags will now have a green line label sewn onto the back. The line represents a loading bar and reflects how much of the product is recycled including the fabrics, webbings, bindings, zippers, cords and meshes, plus the percentage of solution-dyed fabric used to make each bag. Will we also see the same be applied to its best roller bags for photographers (opens in new tab)?

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Lowepro ProTactic with a green rating of of 64% (Image credit: LowePro)

Solution dying is better for the planet because rather than dying the finished fabric in a separate step (which would require more water), it combines the extrusion and dyeing process and is also known as dope-dyeing. According to Fashion Hometex (opens in new tab), dope dying can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 62% and increase water conservation by 89%.

For more than 50 years, Lowepro has been making revolutionary camera bags with the adventurist photographer in mind and now it's committed to creating more sustainable products it can be proud of. Across 2022 and 2023, Lowepro will slowly be moving to use sustainable materials on even more of its products, the ProTactic range is just the start. 

For those planet-conscious photographers looking for more sustainable options, this decision from Lowepro will no doubt come as a welcome change. With the climate issues we currently face, anything an individual or company can do to help minimize carbon emissions, water use and use of single-use plastic will ultimately help reduce the speed at which the world is heating up. 

It might be one small step, but lots of small steps turn into huge movement changes. If you're looking for more ways to be an eco-friendly photographer, check out these photo printing tips (opens in new tab) and career advice for being more green (opens in new tab)

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Hannah Rooke
Hannah Rooke

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.