Inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship.
It began in the Pacific Northwest back in the 30s with a search for an ice axe. Mountaineer Lloyd Anderson had no success in finding one locally so he turned to an Austrian alpine gear catalog where he found one for $3.50 including shipping. Word spread among Seattle’s climbing community, and so he and his wife established an outdoor gear co-op in 1938. What began as a group of mountain climbing buddies is now the nation’s largest consumer cooperative.
Here’s how it works. REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) returns the majority of profits to members through annual member refunds based on purchases. Additionally, they give back to local communities by supporting volunteer projects of outdoor-focused community organizations with money, gear and sweat equity. They also donate millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide and send dedicated teams of volunteers—members, customers and REI employees—to build trails, clean up beaches, restore local habitats and more. By supporting these causes and by introducing youth to the outdoors, REI helps build the next generation of environmental stewards. REI has earned a place on Fortune magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” every year since the rankings began in 1998.
REI Gear and Apparel is one of the largest product brands in the outdoor industry. The product line, developed with REI members in mind, combines quality, performance, style and functionality. The experts at REI provide gear based advice to help you get out and enjoy your activity of choice. REI follows a sourcing code with regard for workers and the environment. They pursue compliance through several levels of auditing including factory visits by members of REI’s sourcing and corporate social-responsibility teams.
REI’s roots remain firmly planted in the outdoors. Whether interested in camping, climbing, cycling, hiking, outdoor fitness, paddling, snow sports, or travel (REI Adventures), they’ve got you covered. They hope you’ll visit their stores across the country and you can also contact them by phone or online. Connect with REI on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to keep up with their latest news and events.