Category: Environment

Patagonia Gives Customers a Way to Fight for the Planet

New online platform connects Patagonia customers with hyperlocal grassroots activism

Press Release // Ventura, CA; February 6, 2018 // Patagonia has launched a new digital platform connecting customers with local grassroots organizations working to save the planet. The goal of this new platform, called Patagonia Action Works, is to help Patagonia customers learn more about local environmental issues and how to get involved with events, petitions, fundraising and volunteering time and skills.

video featuring Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was created to support the launch of the platform and underscores Chouinard’s position that in this time of unprecedented threats to our planet, it has never been more important to take action. In the video Chouinard says, “If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that things aren’t going very well for the planet. It’s pretty easy to get depressed about it. I’ve always known that the cure for depression is …

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Columbia’s ReThreads fundraiser accepts donated clothing through Sept 10

Program benefits key non-profit organizations in its first month

Columbia Sportswear is rolling out of its ReThreads program across 111 retail stores, including Gilroy, California, to help recycle clothing properly and keep it out of landfills.

In celebration of this ReThreads launch, Columbia will donate $1 for every pound of clothing collected at its stores through September 10, 2017. Participants in the program will be given a token once they drop off their gently used items and can cast a vote for: American Hiking Society, National Park Foundation, or Children and Nature Network.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws always 70 lbs. of clothing per year, which accounts for 5% of all landfill space. The Columbia ReThreads program aims to reduce this impact by asking people to drop off garments, outerwear, and footwear (from any brand) at each of their store locations. Programs like ReThreads, …

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California’s Smith River is 7th most endangered in America

Strip mining threatens clean water, drinking water, wild salmon and steelhead runs in Rogue-Smith watersheds

American Rivers named the Smith River in California and southern Oregon’s Illinois and Rogue Rivers among America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2015, shining a national spotlight on nickel mining proposals that threaten a wonderland of wild rivers, clean water, rare plants, and outdoor recreation.

“The America’s Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that are facing a critical tipping point, including these in Oregon and northern California,” said David Moryc of American Rivers. “We are faced with a stark choice between clean drinking water, wild salmon, and Wild and Scenic Rivers on the one hand and toxic polluting strip mines on the other.”

The Wild and Scenic Illinois, Rogue, and Smith rivers are known for their healthy salmon runs, world-renowned plant biodiversity, and outstanding recreation. However, proposed nickel mining in …

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EarthTalk: Palm Oil Production and Rainforest Destruction

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that some food purveyors are contributing to the destruction of tropical rainforests by ditching unhealthy “trans fats?” — Billy S., Salem, OR

Most public health advocates applaud efforts by processed food producers, restaurants and fast food chains to get rid of so-called “trans fats”—partially hydrogenated oils added to foods to improve texture and extend shelf life but which can aggravate heart disease. In 2013 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) proposed eliminating trans fats altogether, but it is unclear if and when such a change will take effect. In anticipation, many big trans fat buyers have switched to palm oil, much of which comes from former tropical rainforest lands cleared for agricultural production across Southeast Asia.

“The concern is that a lot of companies will switch to palm oil in order to reduce trans fats without thinking more broadly about the health and …

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