Green-LEKI LEKI practices sound environmental practices in both manufacturing and transportation. To prepare for the application of graphics, aluminum poles are ground instead of using toxic chemical degreasers. The anodizing process is so clean; fish could swim safely in the water effluent. The powder coating process is emissions-free, and excess goes back into production.

LEKI’s lacquer is water-based, free from heavy metals, and meets strict European environmental standards. A high percentage of poles sent in for warranty are repaired using replacement sections and are returned to the customer. It is one way we keep LEKI poles in the hands of the owner and out of the waste stream.

Product is received in the U.S. from the main factory in recycled corrugated boxes with minimal packing materials. These shipping boxes are emptied and then reused when transporting poles to specialty retailers nationwide. All excess and scrap cardboard is reclaimed and recycled for further usage.

When it comes to preparing marketing materials for trade shows, LEKI lowers its carbon footprint by printing locally. Files are e-mailed to the closest printer, thus saving hundreds of dollars and gallons of fuel consumed in shipping heavy brochures and catalogs across the U.S.

Since 1990, LEKI USA has embraced the spirit of the mountain environment by supporting a host of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to protecting and conserving the outdoors.

LEKI USA partners with the American Park Network, trail clubs along the Appalachian, Continental Divide, and Pacific Crest trails, and parks belonging to the National Recreation and Parks Association.

LEKI USA has worked with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for over seven years in an effort to preserve the world's wild places by minimizing human impact.

Recently, LEKI USA joined with the American Hiking Society and American Park Network to create Hiking 101 clinics designed to teach people the basics of outdoor adventure with an emphasis on the benefits of using poles.

Participants were part of interactive "how to" lessons starting with hiking essentials such as Leave No Trace principles, preparation and gear.

At the end of the workshops, LEKI and American Park Network donated the poles to the American Hiking Society.

Other outdoor groups receiving LEKI USA support include the Adirondack Mountain Club, Alpine Club of Canada, American Alpine Club, American Mountain Guides Association, Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and No Barriers USA.