A Sustainable Future

Let's raise the bar on product sustainability

Every piece of gear and clothing has an environmental and social footprint. That’s why we're working with our brand partners to raise the bar on sustainability. REI’s Product Sustainability Standards not only elevate practices within supply chains, they also make it easier for you, our members, to move this mission forward by giving you more sustainable products to choose from. It’s not an end-all-be-all answer, but it’s a way for our community to help move the outdoor industry in a positive direction. Here are eight sustainability traits to look for when you shop.

Every piece of gear and clothing has an environmental and social footprint. That’s why we're working with our brand partners to raise the bar on sustainability. REI’s Product Sustainability Standards not only elevate practices within supply chains, they also make it easier for you, our members, to move this mission forward by giving you more sustainable products to choose from. Here are eight sustainability traits to look for when you shop.

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Fair Trade Certification

Fair trade certification promotes safe working conditions and sustainable livelihoods.

bluesign®

bluesign® materials are made using approved chemicals and resource-conserving manufacturing practices.
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Organically Grown Cotton & Ingredients

Organic farming uses techniques that have a lower impact on the environment than conventional farming.

Recycled Materials

Using recycled materials keeps waste out of landfills and reduces the need for new materials.
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Responsibly Sourced Down

Responsibly sourced down comes from ducks and geese that were treated according to leading animal welfare standards.

Forest Stewardship Council®

The Forest Stewardship Council® ensures that certified forest products came from responsibly managed forests.
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Leather Working Group

The Leather Working Group ensures that certified leather suppliers have strong environmental stewardship practices.

Responsible Wool Standard

Responsibly sourced wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, and from sheep that were treated according to leading animal welfare standards.
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GEAR MADE BETTER

REI’s Product Sustainability Standards apply to all brands and products sold at the co-op. Learn more about how REI’s standards raise the bar on product sustainability on the Co-op Journal.

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