Smith Creek is committed to protecting our precious natural resources with a clear focus on the sustainable enjoyment of nature. Although we are a small company, we continually think about what steps we can take to be more responsible globally and then act on those ideas locally. Small changes add up over time, and our commitment to the environment will scale as we grow!
Durability & Recyclability of products
Smith Creek products are built to be durable. By designing products that last and supporting the repair of goods after purchase, we seek to promote durability and continued use over a throw-away mentality, which is a win-win.
Our Spent Line Wrangler™ is not only fully recyclable, but it was designed specifically to stop the pollution of our streams from discarded tippet lines. By making it easy to pack out lengths of waste line for proper disposal later, we can help to prevent the pollution of your favorite fishing spots.
By carefully selecting durable and recyclable materials, we can help reduce the impact on the environment when a product finally reaches the end of its usable life. Whether it be the raw aluminum used for our Rod Clip™, Net Holster™ and Spent Line Wrangler™, or the high-density foams used in our Rig Keeper™, Middle Fork Fly Patch™ and Streamer Fly Patch™, Smith Creek products are wholly recyclable.
Most Smith Creek products use minimalist packaging, favoring simple, recyclable paper packing cards instead of boxes. This not only lowers the amount of post-purchase waste material, but it also helps to reduce the carbon footprint associated with the logistical transport of goods by increasing packing density.
In short, individual product boxes take up a lot more space, which means a truck or plane holds fewer finished goods. That translates to higher fuel usage to get a product from Point A to Point B, so it’s in everyone’s best interest to increase packing density.
Some Smith Creek products incorporate clamshell packing to protect the surface finish while in transit. For these goods, we selected PET resin instead of HDPE. Although PET has less rigidity than HDPE, it is more friendly to the environment in terms of recyclability. Due to its ease of recyclability, PET is often part of curbside recycling programs. Recycled PET can be repurposed into items such as containers, construction materials, and fiber filling for clothing.
Smith Creek implemented reusable dunnage trays and containers during our manufacturing process to eliminate single-use plastics or cardboard boxes when moving goods to and from our facilities. As part of our vendor selection process, we choose to work with companies that share the same values and practices of environmental responsibility. Protecting our precious natural resources is everyone’s job. By working closely together with supply partners and distributors, Smith Creek is always seeking new ways to reduce our impact on the environment and increase sustainability for the benefit of future generations.