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- A royal order: The Queen of England is tired of single-use plastic and recently banned its use at all Royal estates. Plastic straws are being phased out. Catering staff will only use recyclable paper cups and biodegradable packaging. Water will be served in glass bottles.
- L.L.Bean hand-me-downs: New tags in L.L.Bean's kids' clothes encourage and help parents re-use and recycle items by passing them on from kid to kid.
- E-bikes spared from tariffs: Chinese e-bikes are now exempt from paying a 25-percent tariff after U.S. Customs and Border Protection ruled that they fall under the same category as electric motorcycles and therefore share an exclusion.
- You're invited: The Colorado Mountain Club's inaugural Benefit Gala takes place on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. The keynote speaker is world renowned adventurer and Golden local Erik Weihenmayer. The Gala will help raise critical funds for the club's youth and adult education programs. Register for the event here.
- More public lands: California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a $20 million plan to create a new state park in Livermore, which would be the state's largest in decades.
- Federal health inspectors visit Yosemite National Park: At least a dozen employees and visitors have fallen ill with some sort of stomach virus, so the National Park Service and U.S. Public Health Service have launched an investigation into the cause.
- Worthwhile read: "It's Not Just the NPS—Budget Cuts Are A Real Problem for Wildlife Refuges." (Adventure Journal)
- ORCA (Outdoor Recreation Company of America), the cooler company founded in 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, was recently acquired by MacNeill Pride Group. The company will continue to operate out of its current headquarters. It joins a portfolio that includes PrideSports, the world’s leading maker of cleats, studs and spikes for multi-sports under the CHAMP® and Softspikes® brands; Pride Manufacturing Company LLC, which creates engineered wood products such as golf tees, cigar tips and toys; and MacNeill Engineering, which designs, manufactures and tests footwear components.