Alpine Fit Joins Climate Neutral Partnership
An outdoor apparel brand manufactured in Anchorage has achieved climate neutral certification. Alpine Fit meets the standards set by Climate Neutral, a national nonprofit that allows its label to be used by companies that reduce and compensate for all greenhouse gas emissions.
“At Alpine Fit we strive to act responsibly toward the environment in all of our business practices: from thoughtful design to reduce waste in production to plastic-free packaging solutions, using fabrics and materials that are from recycled or natural sources, properties like odor-resistance to reduce how often their garments need to be laundered, and supporting repairs and alterations to extend the life of outdoor apparel and clothing,” says founding owner Jen Loofbourrow.
Alpine Fit is known for activewear that cater to different body types and fit shapes, using odor-eliminating fabrics milled in the United States. Products are designed with sustainability, longevity, and the environment in mind. Clothing is assembled at a workshop in Anchorage and sold at a retail space shared with the Cycle Chic shop in Midtown.
“Climate Neutral Certified companies are demonstrating immediate action on climate change is possible and essential,” says Austin Whitman, CEO of Climate Neutral. “Climate Neutral Certified brands have built a powerful movement that gives companies and consumers meaningful ways to act on climate—today. They are leading the way, taking immediate voluntary action to address their carbon emissions.”
Climate Neutral Certified is an independent standard for climate neutrality. Certified companies must account for all emissions from making and delivering their products and services. Climate Neutral works with more than 400 companies, and the label can be found on millions of products worldwide.
Pledging for the Planet
To further put its financial commitments toward environmental values, Alpine Fit is joining 1% for the Planet by pledging to donate 1 percent of all annual sales to support environmental nonprofits.
By allying with the national network, Loofbourrow expects to support causes within Alaska. “Forty-three Alaskan nonprofits are environmental partners of 1% for the Planet,” she says. “We can contribute locally as part of the national and global efforts to address climate change. With our encouragement, Alaska Trails became a member, ensuring they could be one of our recipients.”
Become an Industry Sponsor
A dozen other Alaska businesses are pledged to 1% for the Planet: Alaska Sundog, Traverse Alaska, Create Sustenance, Chulengo Expeditions, Alaska Guide Collective, Alaska Alpine Adventures, Alaska Coastal Explorer, Kayak Adventures Worldwide, Seward Wilderness Collective, Alaska Glacial Essentials, and Out to Sea Expeditions.
“We’re excited to welcome Alpine Fit to our global movement,” says Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “Our growing network of business members are doing vital work to increase giving and support on-the-ground action.”
Earlier this year, the US Small Business Administration named Loofbourrow the Alaska Woman in Business of the Year for 2023.
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