JanSport, a division of VF Corp., has launched Surplus Ski n’ Hike, the brand’s first backpack line made with excess factory materials that would have potentially ended up in landfills. Every component of this limited-edition pack collection is derived from pre-existing factory materials, the brand says, from the fabric and lining to the ladder locks and zipper pulls. The line is part of the broader brand’s commitment to sustainable backpack design and manufacturing. Last year, the brand introduced the Recycled SuperBreak, JanSport’s first backpack made in part with 100 percent recycled fabric. Among the other recent milestones and initiatives, JanSport saved the equivalent of 13,000,000 plastic water bottles (based on 480-mm bottles) last season by using recycled fabrics and linings in certain styles. Furthermore, the brand uses 100 percent recycled paper for its product hangtags, and all JanSport products are designed to be PVC-free.