Paddy Pallin established the “Don’t Bag the Environment” program back in 1992 as a means by which we can make a positive contribution towards reducing unnecessary packaging from our stores. To encourage you to support our efforts, every time you decline a shopping bag with your purchase, Paddy Pallin will donate 20 cents towards a nominated project which helps to preserve Australia’s natural heritage. ‘Don’t Bag the Environment’ aims to:

  • Reduce unnecessary waste from being created and potentially ending up in our bushlands and waterways.
  • Conserve energy resources which would otherwise be used in the manufacturing of the bags.
  • Reduce the use of landfill tips, thereby retaining land for native wildlife habitats.
  • Support environmental projects by raising funds to assist them.
  • All proceeds go directly to the nominated beneficiary, which is changed every 12 months.

Naturally, you are welcome to make a personal donation in-store or online at:

Over the years, Paddy Pallin have partnered with various charities with our ‘Don’t Bag the Environment’ initiative; the below outlines our most recent campaigns:

Tasmanian Land Conservancy


The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) safeguards habitat and rare ecosystems by buying private land and creating new reserves for conservation. As well as protecting and managing their own reserves, the TLC supports landholders to protect nature on their properties, while partnering with organisations to achieve nature conservation.

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AG Society

The AG Society, founded in 1987 is a not-for-profit organization which is made up of the thousands of Australian Geographic magazine subscribers, is dedicated to supporting scientific research, protecting our environmental and natural heritage and spreading the knowledge of Australia to Australians and the world. The AG Society is fundraising to help the native Gouldian Finch.

 Learn more here >>

Invasive Species Council


The ISC is a not-for-profit lobbying organization focusing on the early action and prevention to conserve Australia’s natural heritage from feral species and introduced diseases. The Invasive Species Council have created the campaigns ‘Protect Australia’ which is creating awareness around Australia’s biosecurity and ‘Reclaim Kosci’- to change the legislations around the Wild Horse Heritage Act 2018, put in place to protect the feral horses in the sensitive Snowy Mountains.

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The Great Koala National Park


The National Park Association of NSW has proposed the GKNP; by adding 175,000ha of state forests to already protected areas to form a 315,000ha reserve in Coffs Harbour hinterland, the NPA hope to create a metapopulation for the smaller koala populations in the region.

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Orange-Bellied Parrot

2016 to 2017

Every Summer the wild Orange-Bellied Parrot population gathers at Melaleuca, in Tasmania’s remote South West Wilderness, before migrating to the mainland for Winter. The population, which is now less than 70 individuals, is monitored by dedicated volunteers from the Wildcare group, Friends of OBP.

 Learn more here >>

Next time you are heading in-store, remember to bring your reusable shopping bags so that you can also say “No” to a bag.

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Some 80 years ago, a young bushwalker's dissatisfaction with the limited and heavy bushwalking equipment available prompted him to design and make his own. Before long, word spread, and Paddy Pallin's lightweight, functional designs were soon in demand among fellow bushwalkers. From its early days the company has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, travellers and adventurers with the highest quality and most advanced products and knowledge. Since 1930 the company has grown to become Australia's leading supplier of specialist outdoor and travel gear. The company, still owned by the Pallin family, now has thirteen stores throughout Australia as well as online, mail order and corporate sales divisions. We are using our vast wealth of knowledge, and experience, to build an online community where we can share our stories, reviews and tech tips to help you research and plan your next adventure.

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