RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Airstream and Lifestraw Campaign to Take Out Plastic Pollution

Fri Jun 7, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155992135142450.pngAirstream and LifeStraw, a company that provides water filtration and purification products, are hitting the road this summer to help protect outdoor spaces by encouraging the reduction of single-use plastics.

The duo is working together from June to August on their “Clean Water Across America” tour. It has scheduled stops at outdoor events, festivals, national parks and retail locations across the country

The tour started Thursday at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. The tour’s traveling show host, filmmaker Harry Yuan, and his partner, chef Andrea Loeffler plan to share ideas for conserving water, reducing plastic pollution and enjoying the outdoors as they cross the country in a 25-foot Airstream Flying Cloud.They’ll have pop-up restaurants, healthy cooking demonstrations and beverages made with fresh, filtered water.

Data from the Container Recycling Institute show almost one million single-use plastic bottles are sold every minute worldwide. They’re most often used once and thrown out.

Great Britain’s Royal Statistical Society reported in December that 90 percent of plastics are not recycled. Most of it ends up in landfills, the ocean and other natural spaces. 7

“The careless disposal of single-use plastic containers is of great concern, especially considering that Americans purchase and use approximately 345 bottles per person in one year,” Alison Hill, managing director of LifeStraw, said. “Encouraging greater awareness about the health and environmental challenges associated with single-use and disposal of plastic is a worthwhile effort towards protecting one of our most valuable and important natural resources.”

LifeStraw promotes safe drinking water as a human right. For each of its products that are purchased, a child receives safe drinking water for an entire school year. By the end of 2019, more than 3 million children and 1,870 schools will have benefited from the program.

“Businesses that operate with the goal of protecting our natural resources set a relevant tone today. And thankfully that’s growing in importance,” Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Airstream, said. “Clean Water Across America is another way we can promote the joy of being outdoors, while at the same time helping to conserve those places best suited for Airstream adventures.”