Hank Pantier

SmartWool Service Day

Hank Pantier
SmartWool Service Day

We are fortunate to live in a mountain community and fortunate to work in a place that takes the time every year to try to improve our community. Twice a year we shut the office down and spend the day working as a team to give back. We have built trails, delivered firewood and repaired avalanche fences, just to name a few projects. This past summer on our service day we worked with Alpine Initiatives (AI) to upgrade our local recycling program by increasing the number of recycling bins in public areas.

Alpine Initiatives is a nonprofit that has some of its roots in our hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Their mission is to empower people in mountain communities to affect positive change within their own community. Because their mission closely aligns with our company’s ethos and AI is one of our corporate advocacy sponsors, they’re an obvious partner to work with to step up the Steamboat recycling game.

We couldn’t just put standard bins out though, we had to dress them up a bit; we built frames around the containers and mounted discarded skis and snowboards to the exterior. We welded angle iron and metal band to build the two mounting areas. We picked out what skis we wanted to use and some themes were pretty rad, like the newly coined “Silver Bullet Bin,” and the all silver Volant ski exterior. Then we measured and chopped them down to size. Finally the time came to bolt everything together.

 
 

We were really stoked on how they turned out and you can see all ten of them spread out across Steamboat Springs. The verdict on this service day was that it might have been one of the best and I bet we will be tackling similar projects soon.