Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. Their values reflect those of a business started by a band of climbers and surfers, and the minimalist style they promoted. The approach they take towards product design demonstrates a bias for simplicity and utility. For Patagonia, a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. They donate their time, services and at least 1% of their sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who work to help reverse the tide. They know that their business activity – from lighting stores to dyeing shirts – creates pollution as a by-product. So we work steadily to reduce those harms. They use recycled polyester in many of their clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive, cotton.
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They are B Corp certified and independently verified by B Lab on environmental and social performance. They are a founding member of the Fair Labor Association® that randomly audits supply chain. They are a member of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC), part of their finished products are Fair Trade Certified™. They have a Migrant Worker Employment Standards that covers every aspect of foreign employment.
They use organic cotton.
They use Tencel® Lyocell, Yulex®, hemp. They are beginning to map supply chains to the farm level and, whenever possible, rely on certifications such as NSF Traceable Down Standard, GOTS, Organic Content Standard, and Fair Trade to assure the farms they use are meeting their standards.
They use recycled nylon, recycled polyester, reclaimed cotton, recycled wool, recycled down.
They fix customers’ gear in their stores and at their garment repair centers. They also have a guide how to repair their garments on their website. They have a recycling program where you can return your old garments in their stores or via post.
They have a Employee Transportation – Drive-Less Program where they give incentives to empolyees to carpool, ride a bike, skateboard, take public transportation—anything but drive alone to work.
They give 1% of their sales to support environmental organizations around the world, funding at the grassroots level. Their employees can work 320 hours for nonprofit environmental groups while receiving their full pay and benefits. They have created a $20 Million & Change, an internal investment fund to help like-minded, responsible start-up companies bring about positive benefit to the environment.
They increaingly use green power in their global offices, stores and Reno distribution center.
Patagonia developed a Chemical and Environmental Impacts Program to manage the use of chemicals and environmental impacts in their global supply chain. The program covers: chemicals, waste, water use, energy use, greenhouse gasses and other air emissions. 45 suppliers that are bluesign® approved. It assist in managing the use of chemicals, dyes and finishes.
Their e-commerce shopping site lists the social and environmental attributes of their products, including the names and whereabouts of factories where they were made. They publish a complete finished goods factory list on their website.
They use paper that contains high level of post-consumer waste as well as recycled paper made with de-inked post-industrial recycled fiber or papers that contain virgin fiber from non-endangered forests, and we give preference to papers that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.