How shopping at these 8 local businesses can help keep Michigan beautiful

Photo Courtesy of M-36 Coffee Roasters via Facebook.

By Lucas Henkel

November 21, 2023

Learn how these Michigan businesses are giving back to our state’s great outdoors through the “These Goods are Good for Michigan” program.

Love Michigan’s landscape? Same. If you’re wondering how to make your holiday shopping dollars help the great outdoors, check out this cool program we recently looked in on. It’s called  “These Goods are Good for Michigan.” 

The deal is that a group of businesses joined up with the state’s Department of Natural Resources to donate a portion of all proceeds to help preserve our state’s parks, trails, and waterways. From coffee to apparel, when you purchase from one of these businesses, you’re also giving to the land you love. 

Great Lakes Proud

Photo Courtesy of Great Lakes Proud via Facebook.

Since 2011, Great Lakes Proud has been producing iconic designs to celebrate Michigan’s outdoor landscape. Austin Holsinger—an passionate outdoorsman and adventurer—created the company with a mission to ensure that our state’s Great Lakes were preserved for future generations of Michiganders. 

The Great Lakes Proud x Michigan State Parks Collection celebrates everything Michigan has to offer in terms of outdoor recreation, according to their website. The Morel Hunter Hoodie, for example, features a morel mushroom in the shape of our Mitten State and looks super cozy. 

Run for the Trees Happy Little (Virtual) 5K

Photo Courtesy of Run for the Trees Happy Little 5K via

Inspired by Bob Ross’ love of the outdoors, Run for the Trees: Happy Little (Virtual) 5K allows Michiganders from all over the state a chance to enjoy the outdoors while raising money for an important cause. All proceeds from the race support tree planting and forest protection efforts in state parks. 

Runners, walkers, and hikers can complete their 5K anywhere outdoors anytime between April 22-26. To learn more about the race and sign-up for the next here.

Mitten Crate

Mitten Crate provides themed boxes that feature a bounty of “Michigan Made” products. From the Movie Night Goodies box—which features salty snacks from Pop Daddy, state-shaped gummy snacks from MichiGummy, and other sweet confections—to the On The Rocks box—which contains a set of Great Lakes drinking glasses, bar snacks, and a coaster set—Mitten Crate offers something for every Michigander.

Mitten Crate also offers a monthly subscription service for folks that can’t get enough of these carefully curated boxes. For more information on how to get your hands on monthly treats—and support local Michigan businesses—sign up here

Expedition Detroit

Photo Courtesy of Expedition Detroit via Facebook

Detroit is home to a bustling city, but there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be found outside of Detroit’s city limits. Expedition Detroit is helping locals discover the natural beauty by offering a variety of guided trips within several Michigan state parks in the Detroit area. Whether you want to take a nightly stroll at Maybury State Park or hike on one of the most technical trails in southeast Michigan, Expedition Detroit is ready to take you on your next adventure—no matter the season.

Whether you’re out walking in nature, at the gym, or recovering on the couch, Expedition Detroit has plenty to offer on their online shop. They even have their own branded camping ax. (!!) 

M-36 Coffee Roasters

Photo Courtesy of M-36 Coffee Roasters via Facebook.

Rise and grind with a cup of coffee from M-36 Coffee! The Whitmore Lake-based company offers a line of six coffee blends that are inspired by Michigan’s state parks

If you’re in the Ann Arbor area, check out M-36 Coffee Roasters’ cafe located in the heart of the University of Michigan’s campus. From iced lattes and hot drip coffee to their own signature items from the cafe’s bakery, M-36 has a lot to offer patrons. 

Drunk’n Mosquito

Photo Courtesy Drunk’n Mosquito via their website.

Enjoy the outdoors even longer with eco-friendly bug deterrent sprays and candles from Drunk’n Mosquito. Each product can help repel all sorts of pesky insects—like gnats, ticks, mosquitos, and flies—and is made of chemical-free ingredients and a premium blend of essential oils.

All of the ingredients used in Drunk’n Mosquito products are approved for use by the American Kennel Club, which makes them dog-safe. 

Salmo Java Roasters

Photo Courtesy of Salmo Java Roasters’ website.

Grayling—a colorful freshwater fish and cousin of the salmon—were once abundant in the streams and rivers of Northern Michigan as well as parts of Canada and Alaska. However, overfishing and excessive logging caused the extinction of Grayling in Northern Michigan in 1936. 

Salmo Java Roasters is donating a portion of the proceeds from each bag of their Arctic Grayling Mexican Chiapas coffee to the Michigan Arctic Grayling Initiative—an organization dedicated to helping bring the Grayling back to Michigan. This medium-dark roast blend is buttery smooths and features hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, and cranberry.


The Grayling by Samuel A. Kilbourne. Photo Courtesy of Michiganology via their website.

If you’re not a coffee person but still want to do your part in helping bring the Grayling back to Michigan, consider getting some fine art for your home. Michiganology is offering a number of limited-edition reproduction prints of “The Grayling” by Samuel A. Kilbourne. The painting displays the Grayling laying across a tree root with a stream behind it. Michiganology also offers other Michigan nature-themed accessories, puzzles, prints, apparel, and more. 


  • Lucas Henkel

    Lucas Henkel is a multimedia reporter who strives to inform and inspire local communities. Before joining The 'Gander, Lucas served as a journalist for the Lansing City Pulse.


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