Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. (MER) is a retail store selling new and used high-quality outdoor equipment located in Colorado Springs, CO. Gear includes camping, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, running, climbing, fly fishing, canoes/kayaks, and any other outdoor activity associated with our beautiful Centennial State.
Founded in 2010, MER began as a consignment gear shop with the added goal of giving back to relief programs that assisted PTSD affected soldiers returning from combat. In short time, various nonprofits, trails, advocacy groups were added to the charitable partners list. Adding these groups connected MER to some incredible people and organizations in the Colorado Springs community, including trails and open areas that our staff and customers were actively utilizing.
Following a unique collaboration in 2016, MER moved under the ownership of the Beanstalk Foundation, a nonprofit based in Denver, CO. Operating as a social business, 100% of MER net profits are now used for charitable causes. Beginning in 2017, MER partnered with local nonprofit Kids on Bikes to bring in the Pedal Station Community Bike Center. With the newly forged partnerships, MER is now home to the largest selection of quality used and refurbished bikes in the area.
MER is committed to helping the community through local charities. Beyond sharing 100% of net profits, we also give 50% of the sales of Donated Gear directly to nonprofit organizations.
We support the following organizations:
TO LOCAL CHARITIES
TRAILS AND OPEN SPACE COALITION
SHIFT THRIFT STORE
MEDICINE WHEEL TRAIL ADVOCATES
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FIELD INSTITUTE
KIDS ON BIKES
THE HOMEFRONT CARES
SPRINGS RESCUE MISSION
BLUE STAR RECYCLERS
COLORADO SPRINGS FOOD RESCUE
COLORADO MOUNTAIN CLUB
FREMONT SEARCH AND RESCUE
FRIENDS OF THE PEAK
PIKES PEAK CLIMBERS ALLIANCE
FRIENDS OF EL PASO NATURE CENTER
PARTNERS IN HOUSING
EL PASO SEARCH AND RESCUE
COALITION FOR THE UPPER SOUTH PLATTE
ACHILLES PIKES PEAK