Zappos Sustainability Rockstar: Nicole Bassett of prAna

Hello all! Sustainability continues to be important to Zappos just as it is to you. Today I am bringing you another awesome sustainability rockstar from one of Zappos favorite brands: Nicole Bassett of prAna! Below is my interview with her. Please read, share & enjoy! 

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What's your favorite thing about your job? 

I enjoy getting to work with all the other departments inside prAna. Understanding how everyone works and figuring out how all parts of the company can integrate sustainability holistically brings a lot of value to what I do for my job.

I also am fond of the “people” aspect of my job: I appreciate getting to know everyone and learning how the business works so that I can support others’ efforts in what they do. I also like to know what everyone’s goals are and the challenges in attaining those goals. Understanding how sustainability fits into both of these aspects (goals and challenges and the people involved) brings me a lot of satisfaction in my everyday work.

Lastly, I sincerely enjoy the problem-solving element of my job. It is important to understand needs and values, especially when you recognize that sometimes you must approach a situation by implementing baby steps and smaller sustainability efforts in order to figure out and solve larger problems. Overall, the end goal is to create a better world through sustainability efforts while doing so inside a business model that is not necessarily conducive to sustainability. But that is what makes it interesting: Sustainability approaches (within or outside of business models) are always evolving, and interesting ideas and approaches are constantly popping up.

Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?

Honestly, surrounding myself with people who are also passionate about sustainability. Being surrounded by people, in general, who are also interested in sustainability leads me to learn more about sustainability as a whole. And not just a single person but the whole community of other sustainability professionals are what inspire me and my work. Groups like the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainable Working Group bring up conversations about sustainability and exciting news that motivates my efforts. Accessing other people that are also thinking about the subject of sustainability also fuels the learning process. Sometimes the traditional corporate world is not necessarily proactive in its sustainability efforts; however, I feel fortunate to have friends and colleagues interested in the subject. 

Learning also is a large source of inspiration for me. Sustainability issues are macro issues, so it is fun to explore clues to learning how we can live and conduct business more aligned with natural systems. The process of learning about and understanding the best sustainability approaches is just as important as the application of such approaches.

What do you do to stay motivated and energized? 

Little wins. A small win at prAna may not change the world, but it influences an industry and a change in the industry. This makes a difference and it truly does matter. All the small things add up and eventually we will shift our behavior as humans. My favorite example is how prAna rethought our plastic packaging, and this has helped influence others in the industry, creating momentum for sustainability initiatives. Also, seeing my colleagues come up with successful, innovative solutions within sustainability also energizes and motivates me. 

Contributing to something that makes the planet a little bit better is also very inspiring for me. Even though it is really hard to make a difference in the large scope of environmental issues at hand, I try to stick by the mantra “I’m here on this planet, I’m human, and if I’m going to be here wouldn’t I want to do the most I could do to make the world a little bit better?” 

 If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I would definitely be my Australian Shepherds, Astro and Cosmo. My Australian Shepherds get to run and run and run and go with me mountain biking and swimming and have the best life. They also seem so content with whatever is happening at the moment.

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A little bit more about social & environmental responsibility at
prAna...

PrAna is a lifestyle brand that draws its name from the ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit. The prAna team creates purposeful and stylish apparel for people to pursue their passions on the water, mat, rock, trail and street. From its beginning in 1993, prAna has been committed to weaving sustainable practices into its operations and supply chain, working to reduce its impact on soils, water supplies and other natural resources while promoting conservation. PrAna is also conscious of its impact on communities and has worked to include a growing number of fair trade styles every year. It is the first major apparel company in North America to offer Fair Trade USA certified products and accessories. PrAna is sold in five flagship stores, online at prana.com, and in 1,400 specialty retailers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. PrAna is one of the portfolio brands of Columbia Sportswear Company (COLM).

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Recap: Zappos 3rd Annual Earth Day Party

On April 24th, Zappos hosted its 3rd Annual Earth Day Party at our new LEED-Gold* downtown Las Vegas campus! The plaza courtyard was packed with employees, vendors, and friends – this year’s event was leaps and bounds larger than the two previous year’s events. 

Zappos LEAF teamed up with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day this year to bring our kids to our Earth Day Party. The LEAF team gave a presentation about recycling, solar energy and water conservation to more than 100 kids! The kids already know so much about the importance of protecting our earth’s resources – it’s inspiring!

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The LEAF team raffled two awesome beach cruisers for Zappos employees who participated in the event. Employees could earn extra raffle tickets for bringing used cell phones and batteries for proper recycling.  Needless to say, we collected a whole bunch of cell phones and batteries!

It is evident by the excitement around this event that Zappos employees really care about the environment and actively seek out ways to reduce their impacts. Though we celebrate Earth Day just one day a year, we really try to remind our employees and friends that it is important to celebrate every day with daily acts of “greenness”. The Zappos LEAF team is thankful to have such great support from the company and employees. You guys rock!

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Thanks to these very special friends for making Earth Day 2014 a huge success:

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Keen

Republic Services

Renu Oil of America

Springs Preserve

Sierra Nevada

BluMarble

Klean Kanteen

ChicoBags

Clean the World

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

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A1 Organics

Vegas Roots

Create a Change Now

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Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream

Eurest Catering (for the bomb grilled corn)

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The Zappos 2nd Annual Earth Day Party

On April 24th, Zappos hosted its second annual Earth Day Event in our Henderson HQ! We had 17 new and returning vendors join the Zappos LEAF Team in creating an awesome event to highlight how easy it is to go green.

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Over 450 Zapponians hung out with us, enjoyed the sunshine, and learned about sustainable initiatives. Similar to last year, our metric for success is to teach each Zapponian at least one new eco-habit that makes a difference. Whether it is to use a reusable shopping bag or to buy brands that utilize recycled materials, every little habit or lifestyle change helps keep our planet a wonderful place to live.

We had all sorts of educational activities and giveaways for our employees. Our favorite: Repurpose America brought a giant earth mural painted by a local artist and hundreds of Zapponians used paint pens to leave messages of support for the planet by signing the canvas. The mural will be hung up inside the new downtown Zappos campus for all to see.

Special thanks to all of our friends who participated this year. Giant high fives to Zappos’ own DJ Ultra for bringing the beats and to our awesome Bistro team for grilling corn on the cob. We’ll see you next year at our 3rd Earth Day party in downtown Vegas!

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A Big "Thank You" goes out to these very special friends who made this Earth Day event possible:

Keen

prAna

Klean Kanteen

ChicoBags

EcoLUNCHBoxes

Whole Foods

Republic Services

Vegas Roots

Springs Preserve

Sierra Nevada

Vessel

BottleHood

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

A1 Organics

Repurpose America

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)

EnergyFit Nevada

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Spring Hiking Essentials

It may be hard to believe with all these winter storms across the country lately, but spring is just in the horizon! With that comes a time of renewal and fresh starts.

Why not make hiking a part of your new springtime outdoor routine? Not only is it great exercise for the body, but getting out there and reconnecting with Mother Nature can do wonders for your mood--lifting your spirits out of that winter slump.

Below are just a few hiking essentials to get you geared up and on your way! For even more hiking goodies, check out our outdoor shop!

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Men's: 1. Prana Talon Mock Neck , 2. CamelBak Classic 70 oz. Hydration Pack, 3. Keen Olympus Lite Crew Socks, 4. Columbia Silver Ridge Converible Pants, 5. Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket, 6. Keen Newport H2

Women's: 7. Under Armour Shadow Cap, 8. Chaco ZX/2 Yampa Hiking Sandals, 9. adidas Outdoor Hiking Softshell Jacket, 10. Teva Sky Lake Hiking Shoes, 11. Patagonia Emmilen Hoodie, 12. Outdoor Research Ferrosi Capri

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Yoga Essentials to Start the Year

Many of us lead busy, non-stop lives filled with distractions from every angle. This year, make inner peace and wellness your resolution to yourself! A regular yoga practice can be a great way to get on a path of not only physical improvements, but mental wellbeing as well.

Start a fresh, new year of serenity and health with some of our latest picks from our Yoga Shop. Namaste!

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Prana Holiday Gift Picks for the "Gal on the Go"

Everyone has at least one on their list: the woman who’s always on the go, the expert multitasker, always busy, always heading out to the next thing on her agenda. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite giftable items from Prana just for that “gal on the go” in your life this holiday season!

These cozy and stylish pieces fit right into her busy life while reminding her to take time and enjoy life’s daily little luxuries—especially during the hectic holiday season.

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1. Prana Robin Gloves, 2. Prana Circle Scarf, 3. Prana Jaci Satchel, 4. Prana Caitlyn Tunic Sweater, 5. Prana Bella Scarf, 6. Prana Pixie Scarf, 7. Prana Lovely Slippers, 8. Prana Jiva Mittens, 9. Prana Snow Tassel Beanie

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Bundle Up in the Best Cold-Weather Jackets

Keeping the winter chill out is nothing to take lightly. But heavy, boring jackets and coats shouldn’t be an option when you’ve got a busy day braving the elements. Investing in a great quality jacket or coat is worth every penny because staying warm and protected never goes out of style.

We’ve picked out some of our favorites from our Zappos Outdoor Shop to get you ready to face old man winter in the best gear around:

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Women's: 1. Prana Devan Jacket, 2. Marmot Arona Jacket, 3. Patagonia Down With It Parka

Men's: 4. Marmot Conness Jacket, 5. Prana Rhody Reversible Jacket, 6. The North Face Gatebreak Down Jacket

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Celebrate the Movement of Mind, Heart & Soul with Prana Wanderlust Collection

Flattering, flowing and made for women on the move, the Prana Wanderlust Collection is perfect for kickstarting a healthy summer ahead. Whether you’re in the yoga studio or exploring a new corner of the globe, Prana makes the perfect companion.

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