The team at Marin consists of riders who care about the environment. We don't simply coast, feeling that we have "green equity" just because we make bicycles, an inherently durable and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. Rather we do our part to go above-and-beyond the norms to ensure that we all have the best possible places to live and ride, while minimizing the impact that is inherent in the manufacturing and marketing our lineup of bikes.
Our sustainability programs
Green Bear Initiative
- We have developed the Green Bear initiative, in partnership with our dealers, to ensure that the packaging used to ship new bikes to shops is disposed of in the most environmentally-friendly manner. This includes recycling and reusing materials as much as possible.
- Certified Marin "Green Bear" dealers are committed to using eco-friendly bike cleaners and lubricants in their service bays, and using green/renewable energy programs when available from their local utility providers.
Recyclable packaging & reuse
- We ship our bikes to minimize waste and maximize the number of bikes shipped per container for efficiency, as well as ensuring that our bikes are well protected in transit. Because having to replace a damaged frame uses more resources, materials and shipping. We are also working on an initiative to further reduce the amount of plastics used. Packaging for our new parts and accessories line utilizes fully recyclable cardboard instead of plastic bags.
- Marin’s offices reuse shipping cartons and packaging material such as padding and zip ties to help keep usable items out of the waste stream. Order small parts or apparel from Marin, and the items will likely not arrive in new packaging.
- Our bikes are inherently durable, designed to provide long-lasting enjoyment, and are generally made of fully recyclable materials, such as aluminum and steel.
- We're proud to be a launch partner with Call2Recycle and PeopleForBikes' industry-wide, voluntary ebike battery recycling program, to make sure that all electric bicycle batteries end up properly recycled and out of landfills. Learn more about this important program here: https://www.call2recycle.org/e-bikes/
Transit & Carbon Offsets
- Marin’s employees rely on teleconferencing for most meetings, but when travel is necessary, carbon offset credits are purchased to offset emissions generated when flying. All Global Marin ambassadors/athletes have committed to producing carbon free media. This involves carbon offsets, powered by I-Cair, to eliminate the footprint generated while producing photos and videos.
- Marin employees who travel to the office via pedal power, public transportation, or carpooling are rewarded with commuter credits.
- Marin’s vehicle fleet is comprised of modern, fuel-efficient vehicles, and we run errands via bicycles when feasible.
Trail maintenance & local initiatives
- Marin employees and ambassador/athletes are active in our local communities, working to ensure that the trails we ride are left in better shape and cleaner after we ride. We are organizing our first "Tidy Trails" cleanup day for early autumn 2021.
- Marin supports and promotes local initiatives that promote sustainability, and encourage dealer shop staffers to commute by bike or use public transportation when possible, organize a "Tidy Trails" day in their community, and to buy local whenever possible.
- Our modern factory has been independently verified and vetted by third parties, and is a safe workplace that pays competitive local wages and upholds human and labor rights.