Three new members have signed up with the European Outdoor Conservation Association (Eoca): Tentsile, a U.K producer of treehouses; Singtex, a Taiwanese high-tech, functional textile manufacturer; and Pajak, a Polish manufacturer of down-insulated gear.
Eoca has also announced that it raised more than €25,000 for conservation projects in connection with the 25th OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen this year. Eoca's activities at the trade show included fundraisers as well as cocktails, sales, press conferences and tree celebrations.
Keen, one of Eoca's seven Sustaining Members, held a sale of its sandals during the show, and further supported its Banda Aceh Mangrove planting project through an innovative donation wall on its stand. With these and other activities, Keen raised a total of €5,000 at the fair. Klean Kanteen raised €1,600 for Eoca's 2 Million Tree project, contributing another 4,000 trees. Bergans of Norway's ReDesign project made new products from old ones on its stand and raised €424, which equated to 1,060 trees. The North Face raised €386 with its ReMade project, equating to a further 965 trees. Gregory Packs collected €202 during its Happy Hour, and Ternua raised €750 to fund nearly 1,900 new trees.
Eoca celebrated the milestone of 2 million trees planted at the latest edition of the OutDoor show. The total now stands at 2,081,276 trees, with the charity having funded the planting of 2,668,722 trees since it started in 2006.
Separately, Eoca named two companies – Eagle Nest Outfitters (ENO) and Stanley – as “Conservation Champions” for 2018 for having “gone the extra mile” in raising extra money and awareness for conservation through the association.
ENO approached Eoca soon after joining the association to be the first member to custom-design an Eoca-specific product, a hammock in the association's colors, which was launched at the OutDoor show in 2017. It has since been sold all over Europe, and a percentage of all the sales go to Eoca to help fund conservation projects throughout the world.
Stanley has consistently been an active and innovative supporter of Eoca, says the association. Over the past three years, the American company has prepared many hundreds of insulated mugs and bottles featuring the Eoca logo or that of a specific Eoca project. They have been sold at the OutDoor and Ispo trade shows to support the association's mission.