What We’re Up To
Want to know a little more about us, where we’ve been and where we’re going? The snippets below provide a snapshot of our journey and the events and associations that brought us where we are today. Watch this space (and this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dS8NnoKoSA ) for more about what’s going on in our world!
As part of our ongoing support of the efforts of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance marine debris program, we were happy to participate in their first Seattle Summer Cleanup event on June 16, 2018. In just two hours, volunteers in kayaks, canoes and on foot cleaning the shoreline collected 656 pounds of trash! That’s both very rewarding and discouraging that so much trash was able to be collected in such a short period of time. Trash cleanups are great, but they are a bandaid – the real solution comes in being mindful of our use and disposal of plastics, and general thoughtfulness about trash disposal when outdoors, on boats, etc. We crossed paths with bald eagles, great blue herons, turtles, ducks, red-winged blackbirds and more, and we pulled all that trash from their homes. We can do better! You can help too! If you’re in the Seattle area, check out the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance website (www.pugetsoundkeeper.org) or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pugetsoundkeeper/) and look for their volunteer opportunities! All watercraft are provided, and you get a free t-shirt and lunch afterward! They are happy to have you help, or to join as a member for just $20/year! We’re happy to donate $2 of every purchase from our Mighty Ocean Collection to their ongoing efforts. Water is life!
COMING SOON to our Mighty Mountain Collection: we have new earth-friendly items in production that we can’t wait to add to the website! Look for a new mountain-inspired unisex organic cotton/RPET hoodie, a new color for our Mountain Lovers caps, brand new Mountain Lovers Headbands, and lightweight bamboo muscle tees with a mountain-inspired motif to jumpstart your adventurous spirit! Always eco-friendly, always supremely comfortable, and every purchase supports www.wawild.org and the preservation of the wild places of Washington state. Stay tuned!
We like joining with our recreational communities to celebrate exciting festivities such as the May 19, 2018 grand opening celebration for the Raging River mountain bike trail system with the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. One thing we’ve learned through the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance about the mountain biking community is that they are a family. The sense of community, support and camaraderie around this sport is palpable, and has enabled EMBA to become a leader in both establishing trails and working with local government on issues of conservation and sustainability. The recent grand opening of the Raging River trail system is another example of that. You can find out more about them here: https://www.evergreenmtb.org/
We’re all about connecting with and celebrating local businesses! We were fortunate to be able to do the photo shoot for our new earth-friendly Mighty Ocean apparel aboard the historic Schooner Lavengro on a beautiful spring day on Lake Union in Seattle, as the sunshine and clear blue sky brought her nautical details to life! This 1926 wooden gaff rigged schooner is full of regal charm and is owned and operated by the Northwest Schooner Society. Excursions are available through Lake Union Charters & Adventures: http://lakeunioncharters.com/
Barefoot Eco Outfitters had a great time celebrating the holidays at the 2017 Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival at the Tacoma Dome. This annual event is jam-packed with great gift ideas, cooking demos and live performances, and draws a huge and festive crowd! We were happy to share our earth-friendly apparel in celebration of the great outdoors, and to talk about our giving back mission!
From June 5th through September 27th 2017, Barefoot Eco Outfitters is enjoying the lakefront views and lively vibe of the Kirkland Wednesday Market. You can find us there every, well, Wednesday from 2 pm – 7 pm! Save on shipping and get first dibs on new product when you stop by our booth, plus you get to touch and feel our super soft and comfy earth friendly apparel for yourself! Find out more about the Kirkland Wednesday Market here: http://kirklandmarket.org/
We spent a great weekend sharing our earth friendly apparel at the Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at Duthie Hill Park on June 11 &12, 2017! Hosted by the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance whose mission is to create, maintain, and protect sustainable mountain biking opportunities in Washington state, this action packed weekend featured bike demos, skills clinics, trail riding and 50+ vendors. You can find out more about this awesome organization here: https://www.evergreenmtb.org/
Barefoot Eco Outfitters was excited to be a part of the 2017 Northwest Paddling Festival May 12-13th, the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, which brings together paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes in one awesome 2-day event! The festival is great for both first timers and seasoned pros, and offers a fun-filled weekend with kids activities, demos, over 80 vendors and even a boot camp for FITT Yoga aboard the new Flow Motion Fitness Mat! You can find out more here: http://northwestpaddlingfestival.com/
Barefoot Eco Outfitters attended Hiker Rally Day in association with the Washington Trails Association on February 15, 2017 at the state capitol in Olympia. Without proper funding, many of the trails Washington hikers love could be closed or neglected. Our goal? To advocate for No Child Left Inside, a program that provides invaluable grants to Washington state outdoor education and recreation programs for youth, increased funding for trail preservation and support for our state parks. With a record turnout, it was an exciting day!
Barefoot Eco Outfitters headed to Park City, UT January 21-22 to be a part of the EcoLuxe Lounge Celebrity Luxury Lounge event at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. See our video about our road trip to this great event here. There’s so much we love about this event – its eco-friendly platform, its partnership with Shriners for Children Medical Center, the inspiring indie film vibe and the beautiful mountain setting! We were super excited to share our eco-friendly products and mission with this exciting crowd in one of the most sustainable cities in the world! A Durkin Entertainment event.
One more time! Barefoot is honored to again share products for the celebrity gift bags at the EcoLuxe Lounge at Sundance 2016. Why do we love Durkin Entertainment’s EcoLuxe Lounge? Simply put, because of their commitment to a sustainable platform showcasing eco goods and services, and their heartfelt work with charity partners – in this case, Shriners Hospitals for Children/Los Angeles. They hope to promote awareness/support for their new $77 Million medical center launching in Pasadena in 2017, dedicated to making medical miracles possible for more than 1 million children and counting. We also appreciate and honor the indie spirit and the passion and creativity that defines Sundance!
Barefoot Athletic Company strongly supports the passion that drives the indie spirit, so we were excited to share a little Barefoot love in the celebrity swag bags at the EcoLuxe Lounge at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival! This two day invite-only event showcases the best in eco-luxury lifestyle and green products and services, all while raising funds and awareness for charitable causes. Sustainably produced by Durkin Entertainment, the EcoLuxe Lounge is always a standout event!