Managing Our Paper Use

When we purchase paper products, we strongly prefer post-consumer waste or virgin fiber harvested from Forest Stewardship Council—certified forests. We avoid buying products where the fiber comes from unknown or unwanted sources.

In recent years, we've reduced the number of direct mail pieces we produce in favor of electronic communications and digital marketing efforts. We've also boosted the efficiency of our catalogs and other printed materials by rigorously scrubbing our mailing lists and offering opt-out programs.

Our paper buyers continually work on innovative solutions to reduce waste paper (for example, resizing print pieces in order to match the width of stock paper). We have also redesigned the packaging of our REI-brand clothing and gear to minimize the amount of paper it contains.

Learn more about paper use and sustainable forestry in our annual Stewardship Report