EOCA Fundraising for Conservation and Reducing Single-Use Plastic at OutDoor by ISPO.

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) looks forward to meeting with many of its members and others within the outdoor industry next week at the OutDoor by ISPO show in Munich. The Association is excited to celebrate its latest successes, present its latest funded conservation projects, raise further funds for conservation and to play a key role in reducing single-use plastic waste generated at the show.

Thanks to the generous donations of EOCA members, the association will again be hosting a Conservation Fundraiser on its stand – B6.200. The Fundraiser includes packs, jackets, footwear, sleeping bags, climbing gear and hammocks, as well as many other items. 100% of donations received from this fundraiser will be spent on conservation projects. In addition, EOCA is very grateful to Klean Kanteen (B6.408), Stanley-a Brand of PMI (B6.400), Ternua (A4.324) and E9 (A6.102) who will be selling a selection of special edition reusable mugs, bottles and tumblers on their stands, all to benefit conservation. Every €10 donated via the fundraisers on the stands of Klean Kanteen, Stanley- a Brand of PMI and Ternua will fund the clean up of an area the size of 2 Olympic Swimming Pools via EOCA’s Public Fundraiser project Ocean Initiatives*. KEEN (A5.506) will be hosting their ever-popular KEEN Care Sandal Sale on Tuesday at 16.00hrs, again to raise funds for conservation – arrive early to avoid disappointment!

EOCA launched its Reducing Plastic Waste Pledge at the start of May, calling on members and non-members to sign and implement the pledge at tradeshows, specifically starting at OutDoor by ISPO 2019. The pledge states that signees will provide a water source for staff and visitors to the show to fill up reusable, encourage employees to bring their reusable mugs, bottles and other items from home, and take all possible measures to avoid single-use plastic food and drinks items on their stands. It promotes the concept of Bring It. Use It. Repeat! To date, 44 companies and organisations have signed the pledge and they can be seen listed below.

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said “ We have been delighted with the reaction we have received to the Plastic Pledge. Three-fifths of EOCA members exhibiting have signed the pledge, including brand new members such as ICEBUG. We encourage all attendees and visitors to the show to Bring It. Use It. Repeat! – to use their own reusable bottles and cups while travelling to and attending the show …..and beyond. Reusable bottles and mugs will also be available to buy as part of the EOCA Conservation Fundraiser – on the EOCA stand, from an outlet in the East Entrance and on some EOCA member own stands and so we can all really say no to single-use plastic!

EOCA Members Signed Up to the Plastic Pledge:

EOG -MEO.04

Osprey Europe – B5 101

Ortovox -A6-424

KEEN -A5-506

Pertex -B5 206

Klean Kanteen -B6 408

Sunday Afternoons -B6 409

Mizu -B4.BL14

Patagonia -A6 320

Stanley – a PMI brand -B6 400

Snugpak -C6 417

The North Face -B5 111

Icebreaker -B5 110

Hydroflask -C6 214

CamelBak -C6 104

Nikwax -B6 602

Paramo – at other shows

Smartwool -at other shows

Exped -C6 300

Lowe Alpine -A4 432

RAB -A4 432

Eagle Creek -C6 100

Light My Fire -B6 310

Mountain Equipment -A4 412

Vaude -B5 217

E9 -A6 102

Ternua -A4 324

Deuter -B5 209

Gregory Packs Europe -C6 500

Mammut -A6 420

Pajak -A4 310

AKU -A5 500

La Sportiva -A6 324

Schoeffel -B5 213

Arc’teryx -A6 328

Jack Wolfskin -B6 422

Brettschneider Fernreisebadarf -C6 219

Afydad -A4 50B

Black Diamond -A6 430

Craghopper -B6 430

Marmot -B5 108

ICEBUG -B6 308

EOCA -B6 200

Non-EOCA Members Signed Up to the Plastic Pledge:

Care Plus -C6 212

For more information on the Plastic pledge visit: outdoorconservation.eu/plasticpledge

For more information on the EOCA Public Fundraiser project visit: outdoorconservation.eu/plasticfree/plastic-detail.cfm?pageid=83

About EOCA

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about.

Designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.

From January 2015, a select group of ‘Sustaining Members’ have pledged their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year for the next three years, over and above their annual membership fee. This money will be used to finance the running of the Association and support its sustainable growth, also enabling a move to 2 funding rounds per year. The current EOCA Sustaining Members are Pertex, KEEN Footwear, Nikwax, ISPO and OutDoor by ISPO (Messe München), and the European Outdoor Group (EOG), which is also the Founder Member of the Association.