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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. 

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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!

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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!

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

prAna

Keen

Republic Services

Renu Oil of America

Springs Preserve

Sierra Nevada

BluMarble

Klean Kanteen

ChicoBags

Clean the World

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

NV Energy

A1 Organics

Vegas Roots

Create a Change Now

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)

WonderSoil

Zerorez

Outside Las Vegas

Taylored Photo Memories

Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream

Eurest Catering (for the bomb grilled corn)

Check out more awesome news from LEAF on Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_leaf

 

*Pending final USGBC approval

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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

Check out more awesome news from LEAF on Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: #zappos_leaf

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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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1. Lucy Balance Yoga Bra, 2. Spanx Active Ribbed Racerback Tank, 3. Prana Sabin Chakara Top, 4. Prana Audrey Short, 5. Prana Revolution Mat, 6. Manduka eQuaPlus Mat Towel, 7. Moving Comfort Urban Gym Tights, 8. Prana Tote Mat Holder, 9. Sanuk Yoga Serenity Flip Flops

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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.

Check out the Wanderlust Collection from Prana:

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1. Prana Rylee Knicker, 2. Prana Etta Top, 3. Prana Audrey Short, 4. Prana Andrea Satchel, 5. Prana Indegena Natural Yoga Mat

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Zappos' First Annual Earth Day

As part of LEAF’s initiative to make Zappos a more environmentally friendly workplace, we hosted an Earth Day event for our employees on Tuesday, April 17th. We asked several local and non-local vendors to participate by spreading awareness about how easy and fun it is to become eco-friendly, and wow, did our vendors surely step up to the plate! Earth Day was such a success that we’ve decided to make this an annual event with the goal to make each year even better than the previous!

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When we first reached out to our vendors, their responses were overwhelming! They were thrilled to hear the Zappos was starting its journey to become environmentally friendly, and they were even more excited to be a part of it. The vendors that attended our event included: KEEN, prAna, Patagonia, Whole Foods, Vegas Roots Community Gardens, Lunas Recycling, Sierra Nevada, BottleHood, Springs Preserve, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Southwest Gas, and RTC.

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prAna did something special for all Zappos employees that deserves a special shout out. Not only did they showcase their use of sustainable materials in their products, demonstrated how they’ve eliminated poly bags in their warehouse, and discussed their initiatives with clean energy; they surprised us by offsetting all of our Las Vegas employees’ carbon emissions! This means that 1,300 of us will be carbon neutral for the entire month of April!* Thank you prAna for caring so much about the environment and truly WOWing all of us!

Not all of our Earth Day vendors could make a physical appearance at Zappos HQ. However, they still showed their support for our event and sent out information about their eco-friendly products and sustainable initiatives, prizes for us to raffle off, and even coupons specifically made for our employees. These vendors included: ChicoBags, EcoLunchBoxes, Klean Kanteen, Semilla, People Towels, Vessel Drinkware, and Haiku Bags. 

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One of our goals for our first annual Zappos Earth Day was to promote an eco-friendly change in the daily habits of at least one employee. With the help of our vendors that provided and demonstrated eco-friendly options and initiatives to our employees, I believe the event successfully achieved its goal! The immense turnout of curious Zappos employees also helped promote more green awareness. We really could not have pulled this event off without the help of all of our amazing vendors –THANK YOU!

That being said, it is my personal goal to make next year’s Zappos Earth Day even more successful!

*1,300 individual offsets would be the same as 117 cars removed from the road for a year, or carbon sequestered by 128 acres of trees, or removing the harmful effects from extracting 1392 barrels of oil.