Join REI In making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 24: Plant something native and green this week.

Instead of relying on imported plants, which are often sprayed with pesticides and can carry a hefty transportation burden, shop for, and then pot plants that are native to your region. Native plants are more likely to have evolved in your region and have a greater chance of thriving in local soils. They’re also better prepared to withstand whatever regional weather comes their way, according to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Native plants are more likely to attract birds and butterflies to your home, too. Check out the NWF’s Native Plant Finder tool, which provides a list of local plants, ranked by the number of species they support.

Take part: May 10–16, 2020

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.