Okay, so maybe it’s not fair to call myself a couch potato. As my many hiking posts show, I enjoy being active and love to be outside exploring Maine, but I’m not comfortable with the word athlete. I once tried with little success to play at that level. I ran track for one year in High School. My strongest memory from that season is consistently coming in last place for my event.
The reality is that I could never be a true athlete. I don’t have the physical aptitude and in all honesty no desire to commit to that level of training. However, I do understand the importance of living an active life and, when I’m not trapped at my keyboard, I am always looking for ways to move my body.
Since I’m trying to stay active, I might as well do it while wearing stylish, fun athletic gear. My first Maine based company is Atayne. While they are headquartered in Brunswick, Maine their manufacturing currently takes place out of state but is all US based.
Atayne markets themselves not only to people who like to be active and get outside but are also passionate about the environment and progressive causes. Atayne is a certified B Corporation. According to the B-Corporation Website [“B Corporation.” What are B Corps? | B Corporation. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2017.]
“B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,600 Certified B Corps from 42 countries and over 120 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business.”
I love supporting a local business that has such a strong focus on their social and environmental impact. I had no idea this corporate classification existed until I found Atayne but will make a point to search out other B corporations in the future too.
My introduction to Atayne was at a warehouse sale hosted at OxBow Brewing in Portland so not only did I get to shop for some eco-conscious active wear, but I also got to do it while enjoying great Maine craft beer. We got our first stamp on our Maine Beer Trail map too which is one of my bucket list items for this year. How awesome is that?
For the warehouse sale, Atayne brought three racks of clothing which was a great initial first pass at their products. They have a large, more extensive product line on their online store. They utilize just in time manufacturing so it makes sense that a warehouse sale would have limited items.
Fortunately, there were plenty of choices for me and I bought two tops: a gray t-shirt and another long sleeve bright blue athletic top. The t-shirt has a fun Maine graphic which is perfect for someone with a blog called Weekends in Maine. Both tops are made from 100% recycled polyester.
I’ve been wearing the long sleeve top out on my winter hikes layered over long underwear. Layers are key in Maine winters. I’m looking forward to breaking in my short sleeve one soon. Although it’s snowing again in Maine today, so it might be a little while before I get the chance.
Do you know of any other B-Corps? Do you search out companies that are environmentally and socially responsible?
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