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Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi is a Certified B-Corp that creates outdoor products and events, and gives 2% of their revenue to alleviate poverty.

Cotopaxi – named after a volcano in Ecuador – was formed in Salt Lake City in 2014 by three young men with a passion for the outdoors and social change.

“I was always passionate about adventures and the outdoors” said 39-year-old co-founder Davis Smith, who grew up in Latin America.

The company was launched as an e-commerce retailer (they now also have one store in Salt Lake City) providing outdoor wear, camping gear, backpacks and accessories. But the founders knew that they needed to offer something more. Keen fans of outdoor pursuits and challenges, they decided to launch their brand with something called Questival. Described as “the world’s best outdoor race”, it’s a set of outdoor challenges that tours across the States each year.

In addition to offering action-packed thrills, Cotopaxi is all about giving back. Smith spent much of his childhood in South and Central America, where he witnessed extreme poverty and vowed to try and do something about it when he was older. Smith founded Cotopaxi with two friends as a brand built around social good.

The three were committed not just to donating profits to help make a difference but also to ensuring that materials are sustainably sourced and that manufacturing processes are fair.

The company is registered as a B Corp (private company certified to meet certain standards in terms of social and environmental performance) and donates 2 percent of annual profits to global charitable causes through a grant-making program. Cotopaxi collaborates with non-profit organizations and actively sources recipients of funding to ensure that they meet requirements.

Projects that have received funding from Cotopaxi include a girls’ education project in India, a refugee project operating in the Middle East and Europe, an orphanage in Bolivia and a health and education project in Nepal.

Cotopaxi works with factories in the developing world, in countries such as the Philippines, that guarantee things such as fair wages, good working conditions and even benefits such as maternity care. Workers are often involved in the design process and products – such as unique fanny packs made from left-over scrap materials and sweaters made by village artisans from local llama fibers – are all environmentally sustainable.

The company is confident enough in the quality of products that each comes with a 61-year warranty, although this unusually specific figure has a deeper meaning. It’s the average lifespan of someone in the developing world. A reminder from the company that something needs to be done about this.

"We believe we can make a positive impact on people’s lives through the products and experiences we create."

Cotopaxi

Quito Pom Beanie

$26.95

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Del Dia Dopp Kit

$19.95

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Agua Water Bottle

$29.95

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Chiquito Travel Journal – 3 Pack

$9.95

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DO GOOD Decal + Sticker Package

$3.00

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Pinnacle Mug

$12.95

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Sinchi Waist Belt

$29.00

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Meru 5 Panel Hat

$24.95

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Portillo Heather Beanie

$22.95

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Santiago Wharf Beanie

$22.95

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Sueno Sleeping Bag

$349.95

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Techo 3 Tent

$279.95

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Techo 3 Footprint

$24.95

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Kusa Blanket

$89.95

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Meru 5 Panel Hat

$24.95

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Cozy Kit

$89.95

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Getaway Kit

$99.95

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Day Tripper Kit

$54.95

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Del Dia Dopp Kit

$19.95

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Inti 2 Tent

$299.95

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Roca Duffel

$79.95

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Uyuni 46L Duffel- Del Dia

$79.95

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Bataan 3L Fanny Pack

$24.95

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Cayambe – 20L Ski Pack

$129.95

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Kids’ Luzon 15L Daypack

$19.95

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Inca 16L Backpack

$89.95

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Inca 26L Backpack

$109.95

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Nepal 65L Backpack

$229.95

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Nepal 75L Backpack

$269.95

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Taboche 55L Backpack

$189.95

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Luzon 18L Daypack – Del Dia

$49.95

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Luzon 18L Daypack

$39.95

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Tarak 20L Climbing Pack

$89.95

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Tarak 20L Climbing Pack – Del Dia

$89.95

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Uyuni 46L Duffel

$79.95

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Bellavista Small Satchel

$39.95

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Boma 13L Daypack

$39.95

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Coban 20L Backpack

$59.95

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Palpa Shoulder Bag

$69.95

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Commuter Kit

$59.95

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Kilimanjaro 20L Backpack

$79.95

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Boin Laptop Sleeve

$44.95

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Sumaco 22L Backpack

$49.95

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Perla Handbag

$49.95

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Lima Medium Satchel

$49.95

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Volta 35L Rolltop Backpack

$109.95

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Kpong 15L Satchel

$89.95

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Chumpi 50L Travel Duffel

$119.95

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Chumpi 35L Travel Duffel

$99.95

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Cusco 26L Backpack

$89.95

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Yosemite T-Shirt

$22.95

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Yellowstone T-Shirt-Men’s

$22.95

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Llama Selfie T-shirt

$22.95

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Tiny Llama T-Shirt

$22.95

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Nazca 24L Travel Pack

$139.95

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Samburu Shorts

$29.95

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Kusa Shirt

$159.95

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The Explorer Kit

$99.95

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Quito Active Shirt

$49.95

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Crux Running Shorts

$64.95

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Peak T-Shirt

$22.95

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Llama T-Shirt

$22.95

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Do Good T-Shirt – Kids’

$19.95

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Do Good Onesie – Kids’

$19.95

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Samburu Pants

$49.95

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Haraka Tights

$79.95

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Llama Baseball T-Shirt

$22.95

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Women’s Do Good T-shirt

$22.95

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New Peak T-Shirt

$22.95

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Toucan T-Shirt

$22.95

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Tianjin Down Jacket

$99.95

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Ara Jogger Pants

$79.95

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Quito Active Tank

$49.95

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Crux Running Shorts

$64.95

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Wazimu Athletic Tights

$69.95

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Toliman Pullover Wool Hoodie

$139.95

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Toliman Full-Zip Wool Hoodie

$149.95

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Altiplano Vest

$79.95

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Sambaya Stretch Fleece – 2015

$89.95

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Tianjin Down Vest

$89.95

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Kusa Parka

$199.95

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Nina Down Parka

$299.95

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Bengal Waxed Canvas Jacket

$199.95

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Tikal Active Shell

$149.95

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Sambaya Stretch Fleece Hooded

$139.95

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Teca Windbreaker Half-Zip

$79.95

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Teca Windbreaker Full-Zip

$79.95

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Paray Lightweight Jacket

$99.95

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Kusa Bomber Jacket

$189.95

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Sambaya Stretch Fleece Hoodless

$119.95

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Fuego LT Down Jacket

$259.95

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Pacaya Insulated Hoodless Jacket

$179.95

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Pacaya Insulated Hooded Jacket

$199.95

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Fuego Down Jacket

$269.95

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Kusa Jacket – Full-Zip

$199.95