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Travel 6 Ways to Show Your Love for the National Parks (Even When You’re Not There)

21:20  22 april  2021
21:20  22 april  2021 Source:   afar.com

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6 Ways to Show Your Love for the National Parks (Even When You’re Not There) © Courtesy of Pendleton/Good & Well Supply Co./Parks Project/National Park Posters 6 Ways to Show Your Love for the National Parks (Even When You’re Not There)

The National Park Service (NPS) was founded on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. Typically, the best way to celebrate America’s Best Idea is to get outdoors and explore any of the 63 national parks in the United States.

In addition to visiting a park IRL during National Park Week (April 17–25, 2021), you can also wear your park pride proudly and support the NPS at the same time by buying national parks merchandise from any of these companies.

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Not only do most of these businesses make their national parks T-shirts, home supplies, and posters using sustainable methods, but they also all donate portions of their profits to the National Park Foundation or various other conservancy projects.

Load up your shopping cart—you’re helping a good cause.

The Rumpl Yellowstone blanket features the hot springs for which the park is famous. © Photo by torylynnnnn The Rumpl Yellowstone blanket features the hot springs for which the park is famous.

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1. Rumpl National Park Collection

Shop the full Rumpl national park collection here.

Rumpl’s national park-inspired blankets celebrate some of the most popular NPS sites includingi the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone (each $129). Made with lightweight and recycled materials, Rumpl’s Original Puffy Blanket is ideal for road trips and camping excursions but also cozy enough to snuggle up with on your couch at home. Rumpl donates 1 percent of all its revenue to environmental nonprofits and, in 2021, officially announced its B-Corp status. This means it has completed a rigorous certification process and meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

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a can of soda: Remember the scent of your favorite national park, even when you’re not there. © Courtesy of Good & Well Supply Co. Remember the scent of your favorite national park, even when you’re not there.

2. Good & Well Supply Co.

Shop the full Good & Well Supply Co. collection here.

Before Megan McLaughlin founded Good & Well Supply Co. in the Pacific Northwest, she spent time traveling from national park to national park throughout the United States and living in her tent. The scents she encountered on her trip inspired her national park candle collection (from $25), which are all made with natural soy wax, U.S.-grown balsa wood wicks, and packaged in 100 percent recyclable tins. Scents include Olympic (red cedar and oakmoss), Saguaro (cactus, desert florals, and amber), and Great Smokies (red maple, laurel, and sandalwood).

She’s since expanded her shop to also include national parks–inspired enamel pins ($10), car fresheners ($10), and incense cones ($20). Even better? On behalf of her company, McLaughlin makes annual donations to the National Park Foundation, Washington National Park Fund, and Black Outside, Inc.

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A sample of some of the previous collections Parks Project has released over the years. © Courtesy of Parks Project A sample of some of the previous collections Parks Project has released over the years.

3. Parks Project

Shop the full Parks Project collection here.

Parks Project works directly with nearly 50 park conservancies to raise money for various projects throughout U.S. parklands. That means when you pick up a super-soft sweatshirt ($65), not only will you be super comfy at home, but a portion of your money will also go back to supporting our national parks. To date, it has given back more than $1.3 million to U.S. parklands.

Some items raise money for even more specific projects. For example, the “Yosemite” hat ($38) supports restoring and repairing the park’s heavily used trail network, and this reusable water bottle ($20) raises money for the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Program.

Add your favorite park to your gallery wall at home. © Courtesy of National Park Posters Add your favorite park to your gallery wall at home.

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4. National Park Posters

Shop the full National Park Posters collection here.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the WPA commissioned a series of national park posters to encourage the public to explore U.S. parklands. Inspired by the iconic designs, photographer Rob Decker is building a collection of national park posters ($40) created in a similar style using shots he’s captured as he travels to each of the national parks. Printed on recycled stock with soy-based inks, his most popular posters include prints from Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Teton. Decker donates 10 percent of his annual profits to various conservancies and organizations that support the U.S. national park system.

If you’re looking for reproductions of the original WPA designs, Ranger Doug’s Enterprises sells silkscreen serigraph posters ($45) and also donates 1 percent of gross sales back to various national park projects.

company name: Wear your national park pride on your sleeve . . . or your feet. © Courtesy of Pendleton Wear your national park pride on your sleeve . . . or your feet.

5. Pendleton National Park Collection

Shop the full Pendleton national park collection here.

For every item Pendleton sells from its national park collection, the National Park Foundation receives a royalty (so far, Pendleton has raised more than $900,000 for the organization). The collection began back in the early 1900s with the iconic green, yellow, red, and black striped Glacier National Park blanket (from $239). While Pendleton still makes its blankets in the United States from pure wool, it has expanded its collection to offer beanies ($25), mugs ($20), and dog beds (from $99) for a wide variety of parks, including Crater Lake, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, to name a few.

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6. Teva GC100 Collection

Shop the full Teva GC100 collection here.

Did you know that the idea for Teva sport sandals was invented in the Grand Canyon in 1984 after a guide strapped two Velcro watchbands to a pair of flip-flops to keep them from falling off and floating down the river? To commemorate its roots and the Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th birthday, Teva released a special collection inspired by the colors of the canyon in 2019, and it donated $100,000 to the Grand Canyon Conservancy to help restore trails and fund environmental education programs for kids.

While the sandals from this limited edition collection have sold out, the tote bag ($100) is still on sale and is woven from recycled polyester webbing inspired by the canyon’s colorful topography.

This article originally appeared online on August 23, 2018; it was updated on April 21, 2021, to include current information.

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