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    Those of us who partake in outdoor sports undoubtedly love the outdoors, nature, and care about the environment. Therefore, it is good to know which companies to get winter gear from that share our love for Mother Earth. Which companies should you buy from if you want to support those that are environmentally friendly? Here’s a list of green 10 companies and how they reduce their carbon footprint:

    Patagonia: Outdoor clothing company that is well known for its commitment to the environment. In addition to using recycled and sustainable materials in production, they also support environmental causes around the world and was an early leader on sustainability.

  • REI: Outdoor product retailer of sustainable products that come with ecoSensitive™ labels that help consumers easily track items made from a high percentage of recycled, rapidly renewable and/or organic fibers. About one-fourth of all REI locations are supplied by green energy, six of its buildings are LEED-certified. REI’s environmentally friendly policies trickle down to the employees, who are encouraged to be green with biking and public transportation incentives.
  • GAIAM:  A very green, environmentally focus retailer that coined the term LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) and has long been a leader in providing green lifestyle solutions. GAIAM specializes in fitness products, certified organic cotton/natural fiber bedding and apparel, renewable energy solutions, eco-gadgets and household items that help consumers reduce their environmental impact, save money and increase efficiency.
  • NAU: Portland, Orgeon based NAu is an urban outdoor apparel company specializing in clothing made from sustainable and durable materials. NAU products are shipped in envelopes made from up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled content and they donate 2% of every sale to humanitarian and environmental groups.
  • Kohl’s Department Stores: Kohl’s gets 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, including from biomass, small-scale hydroelectric, solar and wind.
  • Timberland: Applauded in the apparel industry for its green product index, which recognizes the climatic impact, chemical use and resource consumption associated with manufacturing their products.
  • EarthTec: A clothing company that makes almost every single article of clothing from recycled materials, making it one of the most sustainable companies around.
  • American Apparel: US based retailer that provides customers with nontoxic versions of its most popular clothing styles with its 100 percent organic collection. It also supports the Cleaner Cotton Campaign, which buys California cotton that uses fewer chemicals and non-GM seed. American Apparel’s downtown L.A. factory furthers the environmental cause with solar energy usage that saves more than 1 million kilowatt hours of energy each year. To pass on the environmentally friendly behaviors to their employees,  the company lends out bikes and provides employees with subsidized bus passes.
  • Nike: The popular sports company continues its mantra “Just do it” when it comes to being good to the environment.  The company is expanding its 100% organic cotton line and heavily promotes recycling. Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program has allowed the company to recycle over 23 million pairs of athletic shoes that have been made into more than 300 sport surfaces.
  • Author's Bio: Richard Larson is blogger and Brand Manager for GoPromotional.com, the UK’s leading eco gifts supplier.

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