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Patagonia Withdraws from Outdoor Retailer to Take a Stand for the Environment

Patagonia has long been a leader in the retail industry for its earth-friendly business practices, like donating 100 percent of its Black Friday sales to environmental charities. Now, they are taking a political stance by announcing their withdrawal from Outdoor Retailer, the nation's largest outdoor gear and apparel trade show held twice a year in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The decision came after Utah Governor Gary Herbert decided to revoke the Bears Ears National Monument, established by former President Barack Obama during his last days in office.

In a press release, President and CEO, Rose Marcario stated: "Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits—$12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs—that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state."

 

“Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday…making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation.“ – our CEO Rose Marcario. #StandWithBearsEars! Visit the profile link for our response. Photo: @andrew_burr

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"Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation."

While this move might seem bold and abrupt, it shouldn't come as a surprise considering the company's well-known promise to protect the earth and its natural resources. Right now, Bears Ears National Monument is home to 1.3 million acres of protected land, most of which is considered highly sacred by Native American Tribes.

According to CNBC, following Patagonia's press release, Outdoor Retailer is considering moving the show from Salt Lake City and has requested proposals from other cities to host three shows a year starting November 2018.

 

Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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