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REI sells clothing, gear, and equipment for sports and outdoor activities of all sorts.
All about REI
REI, which stands for Recreational Equipment, Inc., sells everything you might possibly want or need for outdoor activites, sports, and travel. They even sell gear for your dog so you can bring your furry friend along on your adventures, too! Some of their most popular products include portable hammocks, light but warm pieces for layering, and water bottles that keep your water ice-cold for an entire 24-hour day.
There are lots of ways you can save big on your outdoorsy purchases, too. If you become a member of their co-op for a $20 fee, you can get discounts and special coupons, as well as deeper discounts on already existing sales. They also run frequent promotions, and if you're lucky you can snag some great deals at the "REI Garage", which is a bit like an outlet. Rather than selling left over products, though, they have lower-priced items that are specially purchased through their partnerships.
You can also make things simple and check our REI coupons and coupon codes right here!
The history of REI
REI was founded in 1938 in Seattle by a couple, Lloyd and Mary Anderson. They were outdoor enthusiasts themselves, and they wanted to help other kindred souls to get the very best quality gear at good prices. The couple had actually imported an ice pick from Austria, to give you an idea of how seriously they take the outdoors!
By the 1980s, it shifted to being a more general outdoors store as well as being a place for specialists to go.
REI: Environmentally friendly business at its best
Fittingly for a store that specializes in goods for people who love the great outdoors, REI does a lot to support the environment. The EPA named them one of the top 10 retailers that purchased energy that had been cleanly generated. In 2006, they bought enough to offset 20% of the amount of power the business had consumed.
They also have made the trips they organize "carbon neutral"; this means they purchase green power equivalent to the amount of carbon they use on a trip.
By 2020, their goal is to be waste free and have green buildlings, reduced waste, improved energy efficieny, only proper usage of paper, and product stewardship.
And if that wasn't enough, they also give local environmental groups free meeting space, run outdoor service trips, sponsor programs that educate people about the environment, and donate lots of money to conservation groups.