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Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

REI is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States. Their passion for outdoor adventure is expressed by their incredible product selection. REI offers a huge selection of gear for camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, winter sports, water sports, and travel. They pride themselves in offering the latest and greatest gear but also gear that is tried and tested to be the best available for their members. Membership benefits include a nice rebate credit at the end of each year based on excess profits. REI has been listed in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the rankings began in 1998. REI donates millions of dollars each year to support conservation efforts and they send teams of volunteers to build trails, clean up beaches, and restore local habitats. REI has made a commitment to responsible business practices. They strive to reduce their environmental footprint throughout the company including setting lofty goals like drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy use, becoming a zero waste company, creating buildings that are environmentally responsible, and tracking product lifecycles to improve sustainability. All of the REI brand products are produced with the goal of minimal environmental impact and progress is measured each year. REI  strives to power their business operations with green energy. The company gives employees paid time off to get outdoors and they have launched a sustainable tourism program for connecting with other cultures. 

Sierra Trading Post - Discounted Outdoor Gear

Sierra Trading Post is a huge outdoor gear store that carries hundreds of major brands of outdoor gear at discounted prices. Over the years, Sierra Trading Post has sold more than 640,000 backpacks and 2,600,000 merino wool socks. They offer organic cotton clothing, wool shirts, and a wide range of men's clothing, women's clothing, underwear, hats, gloves, sweaters, shoes, outdoor gear, pet supplies, luggage, bed & bath, and household supplies. Most orders are shipped within 24 hours. Sierra Trading Post is part of The TJX Companies and they practice a wide range of sustainability initiatives including energy efficiency, waste reduction, inhouse recycling, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for one of their home office buildings, carbon offsets, solar and geothermal technologies on some buildings, and they hae begun testing alternative fuel vehicles for distribution. TJX is also committed to causes that help support families and children.

Smartwool - Clothing

Smartwool is the leader in popularizing clothing made from merino wool. They are also a leader when it comes to ethical and sustainable practices in the clothing industry. Smartwool partners with New Zealand Merino Company, which has developed the world’s first Merino wool accreditation program. This program ensures environmental, social and economic sustainability and safeguards animal welfare. The sheep that provide wool for Smartwool enjoy free range in spectacular natural settings, contributing directly to the high quality of the fiber. Smartwool believes sheep deserve to be treated well, and as part of that belief, they require contracted wool to be non-mulesed and they will not source wool from growers that practice it. They also work with New Zealand Merino to trace wool to the farm and to ensure every farm takes care of its sheep, its workers, and its land. Smartwool products include their famous socks as well as a large selection of base layers, shirts, pants, sweaters, jackets, hats, and accessories.

Patagonia - Outdoor Gear

Patagonia is a longtime leader in environmental and social responsibility. Their extensive product line includes durable outdoor jackets, vests, shirts, t-shirts, pants, dresses, hats, underwear, accessories, sportswear, camping gear, hiking gear, and survival products. Patagonia products are produced under safe, fair, legal, and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain. Their Footprint Chronicles provides transparency about their supply chain to help reduce the adverse social and environmental impacts of their products. Patagonia donates 1% of sales to environmental organizations around the world.