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Here at GL, we love the great outdoors. The lakes we grew up on hold a special place in our hearts and we want to help preserve that for future generations to enjoy. So, we created The Freshwater Initiative: an ongoing and collaborative campaign to partner with various organizations tackling different issues that ultimately help preserve our beautiful lakes. Supporting our mission is easy:

Every year we’ll select a new organization to partner with. We’ll create limited edition products and launch them seasonally on our website. For every product sold, we’ll donate at least 20% of sales. You get sweet gear while supporting different causes that hit close to home for all of us here in the North.

This year we’re partnering with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people every year.

LEAVE NO TRACE

$5 DONATED FOR EACH HAT SOLD

Picture this: a vibrant sunset is casting colorful reflections on the lake as you paddle over its calm waters. It's so quiet, you feel like you're the only one on the lake. You’re fully immersed in the beauty of the outdoors. It’s experiences like this that drive us to do our part in caring for and protecting the environment. To enjoy it responsibly and Leave No Trace.

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ABOUT LEAVE NO TRACE

The Need

With massive threats to natural areas on the rise—like water pollution, species loss and declining forest habitats—there’s a clear need to take action and help protect our planet.

Protecting the Outdoors

For over two decades, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has worked to protect the outdoors by teaching people who venture into the natural world how to effectively care for it.

The Vision

To sustain healthy, vibrant natural lands for all people to enjoy, now and into the future. Every person who ventures outside puts Leave No Trace practices into action.

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF LEAVE NO TRACE

A Framework for Our Actions

The center’s best practices are embodied in The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace which provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors.

Versatility

The Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, local lakes and even in your own backyard. Each Principle covers a specific topic and provides detailed information for minimizing impacts.

The Seven Principles

Plan Ahead and Prepare – Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces – Dispose of Waste Properly – Leave What You Find – Minimize Campfire Impacts – Respect Wildlife – Be Considerate of Other Visitors