Spring is in the air! Buds are starting to bloom and the sunny days are beginning to outnumber the gloomy ones. It doesn’t matter if you’re tucked into a city apartment or home is somewhere a little more rural — we all feel the call to pick up out of our routines and escape into nature.
Of course, you could just pick up and head out…but isn’t it more fun to gear up first? Whether you’re planning a day trip or a longer excursion (camping, anyone?), there are a ton of Good Companies dedicated to maximizing your time outside while making sure the great outdoors stays great.
FOR JUST GETTING OUT THERE
What they make: Patagonia’s apparel and gear is some of the best out there, and they’re dedicated to using sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton.
Why we like them: In addition to donating 1% of their sales to grassroots groups worldwide, Patagonia is true pioneer and active member on the international environmental stage.
What they make: From active wear to sleeping bags and headlamps to backpacks, this gear is guaranteed for 61 years, and they’ll exchange, replace, or repair all of it.
Why we like them: Cotopaxi donates 2% of their annual revenue to nonprofits working to help people around the world, and provides detailed reports of how that money is spent.
What they make: Crafted from stainless steel and BPA-free, MiiR makes some of our favorite drinkware and containers for people on the go.
Why we like them: They donate a minimum of 3% of their revenue, and give customers a code that allows them to track the progress of the project their purchase supports.
FOR THE RUNNER
What they make: These sneakers use a proprietary active technology to create an incredibly responsive experience with full-foot protection.
Why we like them: Up to 10% of their profits go toward supporting other mission-aligned organizations.
FOR THE CYCLIST
What they make: This Australian company uses a new fabric made from discarded coffee grounds and recycled plastic water bottles to create cycling apparel and sports gear custom built for performance.
Why we like them: OORR uses a carbon-neutral shipping company, ships their products in recycled or eco-friendly packaging (sans swing tags), and donates 5% of their revenue to a non-profit that helps disadvantaged youth.
FOR THE OUTDOORSMAN
What they make: Founded in 1856, Orvis is a trusted resource for nature (and dog!) lovers everywhere, specializing in men’s and women’s sportswear, including fishing and hunting gear.
Why we like them: They’re committed to the environment, and donate 5% of pre-tax profits to organizations and initiatives that protect it.
What they make: This outdoor and camping goods shop uses sustainable materials to create super durable products like enameled steel camping mugs and organic cotton shirts.
Why we like them: With every item purchased, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways.
What they make: Kammok sells lightweight, durable, highly packable hammocks, shelters, and sleeping gear.
Why we like them: They give 1% of their top-line revenue to a nonprofit that pairs young people with mentors for an outdoor adventure and leadership program.
We don’t know about you, but these Good Companies certainly have us daydreaming about our next outdoor adventure. Whatever your speed, get out there and share your adventures — big and small — with us @good_companies_!