The Cleanest Line

Footprint Chronicles

Three generations of organic advocates: Anais Beddard, a 29 year-old farmer who runs Lady Moon Farms; Eliot Coleman, the 78-year-old pioneer who helped the USDA write its first report on organic farming 37 years ago; and 92-year-old Emily Dale who attributes her long life and health to eating organic food. Photo courtesy of Keep the Soil in Organic

The Night They Drove Organic Down

By Dave Chapman   |   Nov 20, 2017 November 20, 2017

Looking back on the USDA meeting in Jacksonville, I am left with anger, grief and a sense of urgency that we keep moving forward. The meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was an historical turning point for the National Organic Program (NOP). Read More

Organic Standards Stem from the Soil

Organic Standards Stem from the Soil

By Rose Marcario   |   Oct 6, 2017 October 6, 2017

For almost 20 years since the “organic” certification first passed, there has been a debate surrounding growing methods. Some foods are grown in soil, and others are grown hydroponically in large buildings and under lights. There is a reason for both growing methods, but it is important that they be… Read More

Photo courtesy of Stonyfield

Welcome Stonyfield!

By Vincent Stanley   |   Apr 7, 2017 April 7, 2017

We’re happy to welcome Stonyfield to the B Corp community. When Patagonia was young we felt kinship mostly with companies in the outdoor industry and our friends who worked there. Two companies we admired in the then unfamiliar territory of food included Ben &… Read More

Photo: Jarrah Lynch

Know Better, Do Better

By Dave Rastovich   |   Apr 4, 2017 April 4, 2017

As I step into MAS Active-Leisureline, a Fair Trade Certified factory that makes Patagonia products near Colombo, Sri Lanka, the first thing that confronts my senses is the sound. Row after row of clamorous cutting and sewing machinery is being operated by a few hundred workers, all dressed in bright… Read More

Photos: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB

An Update on Microfiber Pollution

By Patagonia   |   Feb 3, 2017 February 3, 2017

In June 2016, we provided a comprehensive update on Patagonia’s work to investigate the emerging issue of ocean pollution from tiny fibers, which often originate from synthetic textiles (such as nylon, acrylic or polyester) that are used in products available to consumers around the world. Research… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

Fair Trade: The First Step

By Rose Marcario   |   Oct 10, 2016 October 10, 2016

You may be familiar with the “Fair Trade Certified” symbol and its assurance that some of the money spent on a bag of coffee or bar of chocolate goes directly to its producers and stays in their community. Patagonia, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, now makes clothes… Read More

Our Wool Restart

Our Wool Restart

By Patagonia   |   Jul 26, 2016 July 26, 2016

Note: As of March 2017, Red Pine Land and Livestock is not a Patagonia supplier and their wool is not in our products. Over the past 10 months, we have been working diligently to develop a new wool supply chain that reflects high, and verifiable, standards for both animal welfare and… Read More

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