As Robert Kennedy once said, “the purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” Thus, your local REI is using their position as an industry-leading sports equipment store to make a difference. Every year, hundreds of REI employees and shoppers come together to make the outdoors a better place for all.
Since REI first opened in 1938, the store has held the same belief: “a life outdoors is a life well lived.” However, that means we have to take care of both our local and global environment. While REI has always been involved in the surrounding community, the company has recently expanded their stewardship to have an international scope.
Each year, they gather volunteers, improve their infrastructure, and organize sustainability projects across the globe. As the REI President and CEO Jerry Stritzke explains, REI not only provides high-quality outdoor equipment but also strives to leave a lasting impact on their environment.
If you, like REI, are passionate about the outdoors and want to put your sports or camping equipment to good use, visit REI’s stewardship page. There you’ll find an overview of their past project as well as tips on how you too can get involved.To browse their wide selection of outdoor gear, visit their website.