Gear For Good
Who They Are
The founder of Cotopaxi, Davis Smith, grew up in Latin America and has always had a passion for the outdoors. During his childhood, he spent a lot of time in Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi (kōtōpä´ksē) is an active stratovolcano in Ecuador, and is a sacred symbol for Andean indigenous communities. During his time in the park, Davis saw both the strong, hard working culture of Latin America, as well as much of the hardships and poverty that’s common in the region. After starting many successful e-commerce companies and living in Brazil for some time, Davis decided that he wanted to start a company that upholds his values and fights the poverty he’s witnessed firsthand. Thus, Cotopaxi was born.
Cotopaxi’s creed is simply “do good,” and they make sure to uphold this creed throughout every aspect of their business. Their backpacks, dopp kits, duffel bags, and other outdoor gear is made sustainably using recycled remnant materials which provide work to disadvantaged communities in countries such as the Philippines, India, Bolivia, Cambodia, and China. But Cotopaxi's “doing good” goes much further than just their production process! They are a B-Corp certified business, furthering their dedication to social and environmental prosperity. Additionally, through their cotopaxi foundation, 1% of all annual revenue goes toward providing targeted grants to non-profit organizations helping to fight poverty. To date they have awarded 42 grants to organizations in 6 different countries.