The executive director of Outdoor Industry Association, alongside other business leaders, met with the president and vice president Thursday in the White House, as the Senate nears debate on a landmark infrastructure bill
The aftercare company keeps gear out of landfills and focuses on doing the same with plastic
Polartec announced today that it has eliminated PFAS—some of the most harmful chemicals used in gear production—across its line of products
Alterra Mountain Co., Boyne Resorts, POWDR, and Vail Resorts this week announced the Climate Collaborative Charter, a unified effort to promote ski-resort sustainability
Motivated by nostalgia and a desire to pass down institutional knowledge, archivists play a significant role in the evolution of the outdoor industry by chronicling its past
Nemo will eliminate 100,000 polybags in two years—a roadmap for the rest of the industry
The Seattle brand has created a technical layering system with inclusive sizing thanks to a group of outdoor athletes who struggled to find outdoor clothing that fit
Canadian outdoor apparel and equipment brand Arc'teryx has launched ReBird, which connects customers to used gear, upcycled products, and care and repair services
Chad Brown has experienced racism in the outdoors countless times, but after being shot at while fishing in Oregon, he decided he had had enough. That's when he founded Love Is King, a nonprofit on a mission to make the outdoors safer for everyone.
A conversation about profitable carbon-footprint reduction
The fishing apparel and footwear company is transitioning to a durable bag that can be home-composted
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez declared her love of backpacking on Instagram this week—and shouted out some well-known advocacy groups working to make the outdoors more inclusive
Kim Ang, the new chief executive KAYA, has big plans for the future of the company
As outdoor companies work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion, advocates say the hunting and fishing sector needs to catch up
Gregory VP John Sears says the first-of-its-kind pack line—intended to spark a movement of gear inclusivity—is here to stay
Mountaineer Andrew Alexander King discusses how he challenges outdoor brands to do better when it comes to athlete ambassadorships
Bo Hilleberg, Founder of Hilleberg the Tentmaker, Discusses Half a Century of Making Tents—and Only Tents
The founder of the Swedish tent brand Hilleberg spoke with Outside Business Journal about the company’s longevity, family culture, and decades-long loyalty to a single product category
A few easy ideas for getting involved this year
When Breanne Acio and her wife fell in love with the camper van life, they immediately ran into barriers: loneliness and a lack of practical resources
The owner and managing partner of LEKI passed away on April 17 after battling an undisclosed illness
A few inconvenient truths about the current state of the climate crisis
Backcountry's inaugural class of Breaking Trail athletes is focused on increasing diversity in the outdoors
The North American CEO of the Italian footwear brand discusses how his company is taking its sustainability efforts to the next level
The former global GM of The North Face’s Mountain Sports division has partnered with Stanford scientists on a fabric technology that’s designed to revolutionize outdoor apparel and more
Marinel de Jesus of Brown Gal Trekker discusses how the outdoor industry has an obligation to take a stance against Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate
Turning plastic water bottles into fiber is one thing. But what happens when that fiber wears out?
After making steps to use more recycled materials in its manufacturing and lower company-wide carbon emissions, Rab is getting ready to roll out its first sustainability report
Behind the scenes, 16 state outdoor recreation offices across the country are working hard to fulfill their promises and build a stronger outdoor economy
A limited budget doesn’t have to get in the way of successfully marketing your outdoor business
Our parent company has laid out its DEI goals for the year in a detailed annual report
The president of Oboz discusses the growing demand for outdoor footwear, the company’s imminent DTC channel, and what else is on tap for the Bozeman-based brand
Two media insiders debate whether paid articles pay off
Stephanie Maez, managing director of Outdoor Foundation knows first-hand how nature heals. After her teenage son was wrongfully accused of murder and sent to jail, she sought comfort and healing in the outdoors.
Thousands of industry reps might be better off if they did
A few months into Seung’s tenure as the brand’s North America GM, the pandemic hit and plans changed. But she didn’t let that hurdle—or myriad others—derail her ambitious goals.
The Senate voted 50-41 to elect Haaland, who will become the first Native American installed as a Cabinet secretary
To become more sustainable, the outdoor industry should make less gear. But can brands battle their own bloat?
From fabrics and materials to packaging, Big Agnes continues to push itself on the sustainability front
Want a healthier business? Take a cue from Cotopaxi and Title Nine: elevate more women.
A handful of smaller snowsports brands lead the industry in greener production practices. Can everyone else catch up?
Raquel Vélez turned a series of demeaning experiences in outdoor retail shops into Alpine Parrot, a brand committed to creating outdoor apparel for plus-size women
Gear-lending libraries are gaining steam as an alternative to short-lived, cut-rate products, which are often the only option for those with limited resources
Five outdoor enthusiasts joined Pocket Outdoor Media and Outdoor Industry Association for a candid conversation about if and when it's okay to use the N-word
How climate emissions programs from OIA and SIA might dilute—or amplify—each other’s goals
As you read this, your life savings is funding things that probably repulse you. You’re paying to raze the Amazon, lay pipe across Arctic tundra, and manufacture the cigarette butts that line the bellies of fish. You didn’t make those decisions. But your bank did.
Earl B. Hunter, Jr. wants to make Black folks feel safe outdoors—and level the economic playing field in the process
This week, we caught up with Cameron Walker, general manager of Icebreaker North America, to learn more about the VF-owned brand’s environmental campaign to completely remove synthetics from its collection
In his first interview since taking the helm as CEO, Ryan Gellert talks to OBJ about the future of Patagonia which, among other things, includes "making less product"
Meet the founder of Black Folks Camp Too, a marketing and consulting firm dedicated to introducing more Black people to the joys of camping and engaging outdoor brands to welcome them
Combatting racism and practicing allyship in the outdoor industry requires tangible action. Here's how to get started.
Maro LaBlance, founder of the California-based content agency Campfire Collective, has put a new spin on pandemic video content
This specialized job board, launched last June, makes it easier for businesses in the industry to find and hire diverse talent
A friend, colleague, and industry role model has received some very difficult news
Robin Thurston outlines Pocket Outdoor Media's goals and commitments regarding inclusion and sustainability
Four lessons everyone in the office can benefit from
The choice signals a major step forward for Native American representation in government
REI has updated its Product Impact Standards, setting new climate and inclusion expectations for its 1,000+ vendors
The company's new "Buy Less, Demand More" campaign prompts customers to consider secondhand alternatives to new gear
The reusable packaging service RePack helps companies reduce their carbon footprint while building brand affinity
One year after Backcountry apologized for an aggressive, behind-the-scenes legal campaign that some outdoor brands called corporate bullying, the online retailer is trying to make amends
This week, Outdoor Industry Association hosted a call to examine the implications of the election results. Here's what went down.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released its annual report that lays out the importance of the outdoor recreation economy in hard data
Outdoor Gear Exchange, the widely loved independent retailer in Vermont, has hired a full-time diversity professional to manage the company's inclusion practices
The Conservation Alliance has ended its business with longtime financial partner Bank of America, divesting all funds over concerns about the bank's lack of environmental commitment
The brand's new Explore Fund Council—led by Jimmy Chin and actor Lena Waithe—will oversee the allocation of $7 million in DEI-focused grant funding
With a focus on sustainability, transparency, and inclusivity, here’s how the Canadian outdoor brand Alder Apparel is nailing women’s outdoor clothing
If you’re serious about eliminating single-use packaging from your company and the outdoor industry, these five companies can help
Sit in on a video conversation with snowboarder and climate activist about his new "impact documentary," Purple Mountains, the upcoming election, backcountry safety, and skiing in the woods as a kid
Last month, a federal judge ordered William Perry Pendley to vacate his post at the Bureau of Land Management. The decision had "no impact whatsoever" on his position, Pendley said.
These creatives share their Native heritage with the outdoor industry through smart footwear, stunning prints turned into blankets, and sustainable warmers
A new coalition of brands, retailers, and participants is giving a stronger voice to people of color in the running community
“The outdoor industry is the only industry I know of where Black folks have to beg to be advertised and marketed to,” says Earl B. Hunter Jr. His company aims to change that
After running the Bureau of Land Management for more than a year without Senate confirmation, Pendley has been ordered to surrender his position
The retailer has realized its 14-year plan of transitioning to carbon neutral operations by 2020
The mastermind of a wildly popular, stereotype-busting Instagram account offers advice for companies hoping to diversify and deepen their influencer campaigns
Ryan Gellert, who has presided over the brand’s business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, will now run the company
Over the course of half a century, industry legend Bob Gore built a multi-billion-dollar company known for its innovation and democratic treatment of employees