Product Materials & Chemicals Selection

Choosing sustainable materials is essential for the good stewardship of the outdoors and to create a worthy legacy for future generations. We have an established restricted substance list to ensure we are complying with material regulations and our corporate environmental goals. With these attributes in mind, we seek the best options for our new products and constantly look to improve the textiles used in our existing products.


There are a multitude of products across our brands that are already recyclable, use environmentally preferred materials or limit chemicals and toxic substances. We’re committed to increasing the number of products made with durable, sustainable materials.

  • MSR water storage systems are free of BPA, BPS and phthalates, additives commonly found in plastics that have been linked to negative health effects.

  • Our stoves, tents, water treatment devices, cookware and snowshoes feature components that can easily be recycled.

  • We also partner with material certification agencies and initiatives like the Responsible Down Standard and suppliers like Nikwax to find better and more sustainable material sourcing for our sleeping bags.


We know that customers have concerns around flame retardants (FRs) in products. That is why we actively participate in the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Chemical Management Working Group (CMWG). Our team participates in the Flame Retardant Task Force, which focuses on disseminating knowledge to other OIA members as well as to regulatory agencies and the public.

Our goals are to develop a chemical management database and strategy, and to have 100% of soft goods products compliant with BLUESIGN® standards by 2030. We are also working towards having 100% of the DWR (Durable Water Repellent) used in soft good products to be non-PFC by 2030.

Restricted Substance Lists

Developed in alignment with BLUESIGN® and OEKO-TEX, the Restricted Substance Lists (RSL) help us protect our customers, employees, and the environment from hundreds of harmful substances. We require our suppliers to comply with our restricted chemicals list and audit to ensure compliance. The following Restricted Substance Lists are constantly evolving as we engage with new toxicology research and regulations.