Sacramento, Calif. — With the December launch of the movie “Wild,” which takes place on the Pacific Crest Trail, the association that coordinates maintenance and conservation efforts along the trail is encouraging new hikers and backpackers to act responsibly, with the #ResponsiblyWild marketing campaign.
Greensboro, N.C. — Since launching its new chemical management tool earlier this year, VF Corporation has removed more than 100 tonnes of potentially hazardous chemicals from its supply chain. Removing these chemicals is supposed to reduce the risk of product failures, wastewater pollution, and improve worker safety.
Portland, Ore. — Columbia Sportswear Co. is searching for locations for a 30,000-square-foot call center in response to its rapidly growing direct-to-consumer business. Tim Leavitt, the mayor of Vancouver, Wash. told local newspaper The Columbian that Vancouver was one of the cities being considered.
Calgary, Canada — This December, Icebreaker will open its 25th retail location, which it calls “TouchLabs,” in one of Calgary’s biggest shopping destinations. It will be the first store to feature the merino apparel brand’s “Body Fit and Bar Shop,” a shop-in-shop exclusively dedicated to baselayers.
Tim Bennet will be taking on the Executive Director and Operations Director positions at the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), replacing both Brian Lazar and Tom Murphy in their respective roles. Lazar and Murphy are moving to the Board of Directors. Bennet started working in nonprofit management in 2001 with the Boy Scouts of America. He has also worked as the Director of Marketing and Development for Colorado Enterprise Fund (a community development financial institution) and as Risk Management Advisor with Flood & Peterson.
Gunbarrel, Colo. — GoLite has entered liquidation after being unable to find a buyer willing to keep the company afloat, according to recent court filings. However, co-founder and CEO Demetri Coupounas said he’s still looking for investors interested in reviving the brand.
More than 150,000 people have filed refund claims for their Vibram FiveFingers shoes, following the settlement of a lawsuit that determined the brand had exaggerated the benefits of its footwear. Because of the large number of responses, claimants who previously were expecting a full refund (around $90) could find themselves only getting $8 to $9 per pair.