The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) says it has achieved record new membership figures this year, with more companies joining in 2019 than at any time in its history.
The conservation group has added 23 new companies to its membership already during 2019, bringing the total number of members to 150, strengthening the number of hands-on conservation projects the association can support.
Since January 2019, the following companies have all signed up to become members: Sunday Afternoons, Premsons, Brettschneider Fernreisebadarf, Tarrago Brands, MIZU Europe, World of Camping, Regatta Great Outdoors, distributor/agent Elements, Kahtoola, icebreaker, E9, ICEBUG, ECCO, Skinourishment, Leadership & Sustainability, Mund Socks, Gumbies and OutDoor by ISPO. German outdoor retailer Unterwegs, Italian Studio Moda Sport which is a representative and distribution agency for prestigious brands in the outdoor sector, Trangoworld a Spanish outdoor clothing, accessories and equipment producer, and Ahorn Communication, an agency for copywriting and brand strategy focusing on brands with an ethical purpose or approach have all joined EOCA since the beginning of July. Afydad, the Spanish Sport Association, also joined EOCA during 2019 as a trade partner.
The more members the association has paying a membership fee, getting involved in fundraising actions and supporting projects, the more conservation the association can support each year. This year, the association is set to commit over €500,000 into projects, a significant increase from the last few years.
Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said: “We have been thrilled to see our membership grow so significantly this year and so, as a result, be able to support more hands on conservation around the world. Feedback suggests that companies are appreciating and supportive of our two year focus tackling the issue of plastic pollution – both by aiming to clear 3000km of habitat of plastic pollution, and reducing everyday single use plastic used by the industry, and the fact that this focus is running alongside the association continuing to support a broad range of vital conservation issues around the world.”