September 18, 2020: Outdoor Industry News - SNEWS

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

REI bets on itself: The retailer is expanding its house-branded line to include bikes and potentially footwear. [StoreBrands]

Using crags as demonstration tools: Do climbers have a right to hang Pride and Black Lives Matter flags from cliffs, or is the practice “turning natural landscapes into billboards?” [Climbing]

The great recycling scam: Oil companies want you to believe that recycling is an easy, foolproof process. The truth is much more complicated. [NPR]

Yosemite closes: One of the nation's most popular national parks has shut down due to hazardous air quality from wildfires. [CNN]

Mitsu Iwasaki opens up: An informal interview with the new CEO of the American Alpine Club covers everything from the wonders of vanlife to Iwasaki’s vision for the future of his organization. [Outside Online]

Burton speaks out: The snowboarding company has released a set of anti-racist commitments and action items to help promote social justice.

Letter to oil companies: More than 250 organizations across all 50 states have signed a letter demanding that oil companies not bid on leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [The Wilderness Society]

Honoring excellent writers: The Outdoor Writers Association of America has announced its next round of scholarship winners, a group of wordsmiths awarded more than $24,000 in prizes. 

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New data for the snowsports industry: A survey published by Snowsports Industries America indicates some meaningful changes in consumer behavior. 

Hispanic designers you should know: In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we interviewed five industry experts who draw inspiration from their cultural heritage.