PORTLAND, OR — North St. Bags has joined 1% for the Planet, committing to donate 1% of annual sales to support nonprofit organizations focused on sustainability.

“Living in Portland gives me incredible access to wild and natural spaces, not to mention the ability to get around without driving,” says Curtis Williams, North St.’s Founder and Designer. “It’s why I chose this community to found North St. As the company has grown over the past 10 years, we’ve constantly looked for ways to reduce our footprint and give back to our community. I’m thrilled to take the 1% pledge and make sure that’s part of every step we take in the future.”

“Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment, and only 5% of that comes from businesses,” says Kate Williams, 1% for the Planet CEO. “The planet needs bigger support than this, and our growing network of member businesses is doing its valuable part to increase giving and support on-the-ground outcomes. We’re excited to welcome North St. Bags to our global movement of over 2,000 businesses.”

By contributing 1% of their annual sales, over 2,000 1% for the Planet members in 45 different countries have raised over $225 million to support approved environmental nonprofits around the globe. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record, and environmental focus. Thousands of nonprofits worldwide are currently approved.

About 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. Through business and individual memberships,1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations and we amplify the impact of the network. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of BlueRibbon Flies, members have given more than $225million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than2,000 business members, a new and expanding core with hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.

About North St. Bags

Founded in 2009 by Curtis Williams, North St. Bags manufactures versatile backpacks, duffles, and accessories sustainably and purposefully. All North St. bags are manufactured in house, by hand, with US sourced materials in Portland, OR. They bring transparency to the origins of their products, building community into commerce. North St. believes made-in-house is more than a byline, it’s a way of life.