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- Consumer-facing outdoor media site Gear Junkie has joined the Plastic Impact Alliance and supported the initiative by reporting on it. Adventure Journal also reported on the movement. Media, PR firms, brands, and other companies are invited to join 110 brands (and counting) to do away with throwaway items at Outdoor Retailer. Let's make the trade show the most sustainable to date.
- Some race organizers have banned those single-use hydration cups that runners toss onto the ground after taking a quick shot of water or an electrolyte drink. The North Face did it last May. Now, London Marathon racers will be presented a new alternative: edible seaweed pods full of sports drink.
- Ascent Outdoors and Ascent Cycles in Seattle closed for good unexpectedly this weekend. A note on the door read, "We will miss you."
- REI is exploring a new location in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. The cooperative submitted plans to the town, detailing a 20,000-square-foot building. If approved and built, it would be the third store in the state.
- Outdoor Industry Association's 27th annual Capitol Summit kicks off tomorrow in Washington, D.C. Industry leaders will trade their gear for suits to represent their businesses and to meet with member of Congress. Key priorities include climate change, the national park maintenance backlog, and tariffs on outdoor products from China.
- A USA climbing athlete has been suspended until September 2020. The American Arbitration Association upheld the decision of a USA Climbing Hearing Panel after allegations the athlete falsified scorecards twice during the 2018-2019 competition season.
- Launched 10 years ago, Arc'teryx applied its technical performance qualities to the high-end fashion world in its men's fashion-technical brand, Arc'teryx Veilance. But for its decade anniversary, it's dropping its parent's name as part of a rebrand.
- Columbia Sportswear reported a strong first quarter and is looking to grow. SGB Media reports that the company said it will “execute key city attack plans in New York City and Denver” in the second half of 2019 and tap into the “enormous opportunity” in China thanks to Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics in 2020.