Recreational Equipment, Inc.
REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its
members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI operates retail stores nationwide, two online stores and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures. REI offers products from all of the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel, including its own line of award-winning outdoor gear and apparel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $20 fee and receive a share in the companys profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. As an active supporter of the communities in which it does business, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.
The following is a list of REI Ann Arbors waste reduction efforts:
Composting (April - November)
Recycling of paper, cardboard, #1 & #2 plastics, glass, metal, plastic packing materials, and light bulbs.
Light fixtures throughout the store are energy efficient.
Skylights in the building offer natural light and work with a control system that automatically dims or turns off fluorescent lights during the day to save energy.
We have a Green Team committee that looks for other ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
We offer a subsidy for employees that use public transportation.
We offer rewards to employees that bike commute, walk to work, use public transportation, or ride share.
In addition, we promote stewardship by working with local organizations on service projects such as invasive species pulls, trail cleanups, and river cleanups. These projects are for customers and employees. We also offer the free PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) Program which teaches children the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.