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Activists have been fighting against the construction of the Kaminoseki nuclear power plant for 35 years. Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Photo: Keiko Nasu

Sea of Miracles

Feb 28, 2018 February 28, 2018

“After dinner, the round-faced, quirky old professor pulled his necklace out of his shirt,” says Sea of Miracles director, Dan Malloy. “It was a small clay flute shaped like a football. He announced that he would be performing an old Japanese protest song. The room went silent. He… Read More

Patagonia material developer Kristin Umscheid studies PlumaFill’s potential at the Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, California. Photo: Kyle Sparks

It All Adds Up to Nothing: Forging The Micro Puff

Feb 27, 2018 February 27, 2018

At Patagonia, our best ideas come from being in the field. But sometimes simple problems inspire complex solutions. That’s been the case with the development of insulation. Down gets wet and loses its heat-trapping loft, and synthetics never quite achieve the same warmth, lightness or compressibility as down plumes. We’ve… Read More

Susan Baker repairs a jacket that might just belong to her daughter, whom she raised skiing in the nearby Sierra. Photo: Ken Etzel

Fixation

Feb 13, 2018 February 13, 2018

Welcome to Patagonia’s Repair Center, where we’ll do just about anything to keep your gear in play. We love fixing gear that’s been worn into near oblivion by our customers. It means we did our job (build beautiful product for years of hard use) and you did yours (play like… Read More

Photo: Eugénie Frerichs

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Feb 9, 2018 February 9, 2018

Back in November, a group of Patagonia employees and friends from around the country came together in Yosemite National Park to have some important and difficult conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion. The bottom line: We can, and should, be doing a lot more to actively engage with individuals and… Read More

Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy

Farmer and Agronomist: Heather Darby

Feb 8, 2018 February 8, 2018

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the… Read More

Members of the Porcupine caribou herd crossing the Hulahula River in the Arctic Refuge. Caribou travel in groups and migrate at different times: Pregnant females, some yearlings and barren cows are the first to travel north toward the coastal plain, followed by males and the rest of the juveniles. Photo: Florian Schulz

The Fight to Protect the Arctic Refuge Has Just Begun

Dec 27, 2017 December 27, 2017

“Americans have voiced overwhelming support for protecting the Arctic Refuge, and the fight is far from over. If we destroy the Arctic Refuge today, we will never get that wild, unspoiled wilderness back.” —Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia On December 20, Congress passed the tax bill… Read More

Photo: Kyle Sparks

Why is Unstructured Play Crucial?

Nov 29, 2017 November 29, 2017

Patagonia has offered corporate-sponsored on-site childcare since 1983. The Great Pacific Child Development Center, GPCDC for short, is where infants and children spend their days crawling, running, climbing and exploring, mostly outdoors, while their parents work. We wanted to tell the story of GPCDC, so last year we published … Read More

Photo: Jason Murray

The Point is Forever

Oct 23, 2017 October 23, 2017

On the best days—on any day, in fact—the view from the Mirador is about as beautiful as one could ever imagine. Past the stands of cactus in the foreground, you look out to the castle-like ramparts of the Morros, the swirling congregations of seabirds, and the long lines of swell… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

From Shirt to Dirt: Thoughts on the Patagonia Design Philosophy

Oct 13, 2017 October 13, 2017

Miles Johnson, our senior creative director, oversees the work of all our designers in both technical and sportswear categories, as well as the product development and textile, graphics and color teams. We caught up with Miles recently at the picnic tables outside our child care center to ask him about… Read More

Photo: Kyle Sparks

What Can Rich Sensory Experiences Teach Children?

Oct 12, 2017 October 12, 2017

Patagonia has offered corporate-sponsored on-site childcare since 1983. The Great Pacific Child Development Center, GPCDC for short, is where infants and children spend their days crawling, running, climbing and exploring, mostly outdoors, while their parents work. We wanted to tell the story of GPCDC, so last year we published … Read More

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