The Footprint Chronicles® examines Patagonia’s life and habits as a company. The goal is to use transparency about our supply chain to help us reduce our adverse social and environmental impacts – and on an industrial scale. We’ve been in business long enough to know that when we can reduce or eliminate a harm, other businesses will be eager to follow suit.
Our Impact on the Planet
The shells we make are contributing to climate change. Despite our best efforts to minimize this contribution, we are still part of the problem. Learn about the good and bad environmental aspects of making shells.
Our Business and Climate Change
Patagonia’s mission statement reads: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Climate change, a devastating symptom of human activity on Earth, is the very definition of this crisis we must overcome if we hope to survive.
FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED™
In an attempt to improve the lives of those who make our products, we offer 33 styles that are Fair Trade Certified for sewing.
Traceable Down Insulation
All of our down products, as of our fall 2014 product season, contain 100% Traceable Down, which means every cluster can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked.
In 1996, with an increased awareness of the dangers of pesticide use and synthetic fertilizers in growing conventional cotton, we began the exclusive use of organically grown cotton in all of our cotton products.
Merino Wool Sourcing
Re-building our wool program—with a partner that can ensure a strong and consistent approach to animal welfare, while also fostering healthy grasslands—will be a significant challenge.