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As Black Gold Tarnishes, Alaskans Eye New Currency in Them There Hills

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is 800 miles long. Built mostly between 1974 and 1977, it stretches from the Arctic Sea to the Pacific, uniting the towns of Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, crossing three mountain ranges and 34 major waterways along the way. At its peak in 1988, the 48-inch diameter pipe transported 2.1 million barrels of…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of May 7, 2018 Member spotlight: Yakima:The First Step is the Hardest: After auditing its supply chain with the Higg Index and making a series of small but impactful steps, Yakima is doing the nudging to get its own suppliers and other outdoor companies on a better…

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The New Natural: Finding Fabric Innovation in Food Waste and Farming

There’s been a long-held belief that the subtext of “sustainable” is “brace yourself for sub-par performance.” But as brands throughout the outdoor industry experiment with food waste, bioplastics, and other non-traditional natural fibers, they’re quickly finding incredible performance qualities inherent to organic materials that consumers have always tossed. From oyster, coconut, and macadamia nut shells…

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Yakima: The First Step Is The Hardest

This is Part 2 of a series. Read part 1: Klean Kanteen. It would be hard to find an outdoor company that doesn’t consider sustainability a worthy goal. Protecting the environment is a natural fit for outdoor brands, yet there’s an irony here. “We want to make sure the gear we use doesn’t come at…

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Bipartisan Group in the U.S. House Ready to Support the Recreation Economy & Act on Climate

During the OIA Capitol Summit in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan group of representatives introduced a first-of-its-kind Outdoor Recreation Economy Climate Resolution (House Resolution 825) that “recognizes the harmful impact of climate change on the lands, waters, and ecosystems used for outdoor recreation.” The resolution, introduced by Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), Representative Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26), Representative…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of April 30, 2018 Together We Are a Force Award – Submit Nominations by May 14 Through our Together We Are a Force campaign, we’ve been able to tell great stories about OIA members coming together to make meaningful change. But there are still more stories to be told,…

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Endorse CA Prop 68

Please fill out the form below to endorse CA Proposition 68. Proposition 68, officially the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, is a $4.1 billion bond that will appear on voters’ June 5 ballot statewide. Proposition 68 will expand access and infrastructure in state and local…

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Why California’s $4 Billion Prop 68 Is a Must-Win Measure for Outdoorists Everywhere

In south central Los Angeles, there’s a five-acre park named for its brilliantly purple Jacaranda trees that bloom each spring. Once a derelict hotspot for crime, it’s now a beloved community gathering place where people play Frisbee with their children, and grandparents walk laps around the trail that circumnavigates the park. Located in an underserved,…

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Highlights From the Hill: Capitol Summit 2018

Kicking things off with the launch of the first-ever Outdoor Recreation Economy Congressional District Data reports on Tuesday morning and wrapping with the Friends of the Outdoor Industry award reception, the 2018 OIA Capitol Summit was three days of powerful advocacy and lobbying that has become a tradition and has elevated our industry’s voice with…

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Sustainability Snapshot

OIA Sustainability Working Group – Sustainability Snapshot Week of April 23, 2018 WEBINAR POSTPONED: Higg Index Brand-Retailer Module, Raising the Bar on Chemical Integrity: Stay tuned for a new date and time for this webinar. Global brands and retailers use the Higg Index Brand & Retail Module (Higg BRM) to assess the sustainability of product lifecycles, environmental…

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