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June 28th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

In Downturned Economic Times, Outdoor Recreation Brings Promising Growth

Call it what you will: an economic downturn, a recession, the second great depression — these are relatively rough times. But as it turns out, in the midst of the economic madness, outdoor recreation is actually booming by creating the likes of $6.1 million in direct American jobs and $646 billion in consumer spending each year. Add to those numbers that a recent OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy shows that outdoor recreation has created $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue and $39.7 billion in state and local tax revenue and you have solid (and seriously impressive) proof that the outdoor industry is darn good for our faltering economy.

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March 22nd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

World Water Day: Is Bottled Water Really That Bad? Ditch the Plastic

While a large portion of the world desperately seek clean drinking water, the United States and other countries spend billions on bottled water when perfectly clean drinking water is readily available.

Today is World Water Day, a day that people around the world are celebrating, building awareness and taking action to protect this vital resource. We need water. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Fresh water is absolutely crucial to every living thing on this planet, especially humans. Think about it: how much water have you used today? Brushing your teeth, making your morning coffee, the wheat that made the cereal that you at for breakfast was grown with water… we could go on. The point being that we are incredibly dependent on fresh, available water.

Now answer this question: do you drink bottled water? Now, is bottled water really that bad? As it turns out, yes. Yes, it is.

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