Companies that Make a Difference
At Outside World Outfitters, we care about how the products we sell in our store impact the community and our environment. And while we are working to better our own impact as a company, here is a list of some of the brands that we carry who use their platform to make a difference.
Patagonia has been donating 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment since 1985. Over the years, they have given over $89 million to environmental groups.
Patagonia also works to keep their customer’s used products out of the landfills with their Worn Wear campaign. Patagonia encourages their customers to get as much use out of their clothing and gear as possible by extending the life of your product through care and repairs. Patagonia tours the world, offering repairs to help extend the life of your gear. And once your gear is either beyond repair or you just don’t wear it anymore, you can trade it in and get credit toward another purchase through Patagonia retail stores, or WornWear.com and Patagonia.com. According to wornwear.patagonia.com, keeping clothing in use for nine extra months can reduce related carbon, water, and waste footprints by 20-30%. So keep using, loving, and making memories with that jacket, shirt, pants, bag, etc.!
Cotopaxi is known for its cheerful and funky colored products, but they are also known for their impact on communities around the world. Their motto is simply “Do Good”, and they do a great job of putting those words into actions. Like Patagonia, Cotopaxi donates 1% of their profits toward supporting community developments and helping impoverished communities. Their grants improve these communities’ health, education, and livelihoods to improve the human condition.
Cotopaxi’s Do Good campaign is also evident in their product’s lifecycle. They enforce and hold their suppliers to a rigorous code of conduct to ensure that their products are built with ethicality in mind.
KEEN products are consciously constructed with the environment in mind. KEEN has worked to design every process of production to minimize their impact on the environment. It’s still not perfect, but it’s a major step in the right direction. But KEEN goes far beyond just keeping their supply chain environmentally friendly. Since 2003, KEEN has donated $18 million in cash and products to causes, people, and places that desperately needed help. In 2004, Keen pulled their $1 million advertising budget and diverted it to aid in the disaster relief effort when the tsunami hit the Indian Ocean. Over the years KEEN has provided shoes for many disaster relief cases and refugees. The change for the better that KEEN provides is known as the KEEN Effect.
With any product purchased from prAna, you can be sure that that item has been produced with extreme attention to detail on how it impacted the environment. prAna is focused on sustainable clothing; from using organic cotton and hemp, to using plastic bottles picked up off the beach, to ensuring the safety and well-being of the workers who put their products together. prAna has creating partnerships with organizations like Fair Trade, bluedesign, Responsible Down Standard and many more to provide and educate customers with sustainable, durable, and beautiful products.
Eno is a member of the 1% for the Planet movement. They donate 1% of their annual sales to nonprofit organizations that work to help the environment. Since 2002, 1% for the Planet has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to go to environmental non-profits around the world. Eno has also partnered with Trees for the Future. For each hammock sold, Eno plants two trees with Trees for the Future in communities where it is needed most. Farmers learn how trees can help them grow their own food, make money for their families, and build a sustainable future.
You also may have noticed that Eno partners with several different non-profit environmental organizations with their Special Edition hammocks. When you see the logo of organizations on a hammock like the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the National Park Foundation, Leave No Trace, and much more, you can know that that purchase will benefit those organizations. With each special edition hammock sold, Eno donates part of the proceeds to the respective organization.