O'Donnell, Texas — Textile Exchange has released an updated version of its Responsible Down Standard, a certification released last year aimed at improving the treatment of the ducks and geese that supply down for the outdoor industry. The new version has some stricter requirements, including banning parallel production, which means that farms will no longer be able to carry certified and non-certified waterfowl at the same location.
Silver Spring, Md. — Therm-a-Rest has partnered with the American Hiking Society to sponsor National Trails Day. Greg Miller, president of the American Hiking Society, said that the nonprofit organization will use the brand's sponsorship to raise awareness of the benefits of hiking, and work to conserve more parks and trails. National Trails Day, which will be Sat. June 6 this year, is aimed at inspiring people to explore their local trails. Activities range from hiking to horseback riding, and are often family-friendly. Many conservation organizations also use it as a trail-cleaning event.
Denver, Colo. — Project Zero, led by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), is launching their first targeted campaign to help reduce avalanche fatalities. The campaign, titled Backcountry Starts Here, seeks to change “perceptions of avalanche risk and backcountry behavior in young, skilled skiers and riders with immediate intentions to enter backcountry terrain,” according to Project Zero.
Both The North Face and Patagonia have developed criteria for the ethical treatment of ducks and geese used for down, but which will become the outdoor industry standard?
Neighbor Impact received $37,500. The agency provides homeless services, Head Start Early Childhood Education, emergency food programs, home ownership, and self-help programs for low socio-economic workers.
Oregon Adaptive Sports, the provider of safe and affordable recreation to people with disabilities, received $35,000.
The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering.
Cortez, Colo. — Osprey Packs' popular bi-annual Locals' Sale and Fundraiser has brought in $7,650 for several nonprofits near the pack brand's home of Cortez, Colo. The fall sale, which just wrapped up, raised $3,350 for the Four Corners Recycling Initiative.