Each year we celebrate Earth Day. And each year we vow to plant a tree, create less garbage, and recycle more. Whatever the resolution, like New Years, it often fades quickly after the excitement of the day.
You may not know, but Earth Day began in 1970 after founder Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. This was the beginning of the modern day environmental movement – in a time when it was highly unpopular, not politically correct, and was the babble of hippies. Being front and center on the evening news was not the goal, but it certainly helped. One senator’s decision to bring attention to an otherwise unrecognized problem, created a movement that has transformed industry, policy, and the mindset of Americans.
With all that in mind and with today’s celebration, we want to share a little about what we, as a company, are doing to celebrate Earth Day – everyday.
As tent designers and manufacturers, our owners, Carol Fontius and Bob Stafford have made it their mission to not only create a well-crafted, high quality fabric tent that is made in the United States, but to engineer a design that leaves a zero footprint.
This means that when the military, oil companies, or private companies install our tents in remote locations like deserts or jungles, or in an area where property is not owned but rented, when it’s time to leave, the Fastrack System or Shasta Shelter can be taken down, packed up, and all tent parts removed.
Because there is no need for foundations with our tent structures and many can be installed by manual labor with no heavy equipment necessary, we truly are environmentally friendly and will leave a zero footprint. For more about how are tents are installed click here.