Organic Cotton – Grown in the USA
Founding members of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative remember what it was like to take the risk to go organic almost two decades ago, while newer members look ahead at the future of organic cotton.
Gray Goose Down
The use of goose down in consumer products is not without controversy. Animal rights groups have sensitized many of us to some of the inhumane practices associated with this industry. The gray goose down we use in many of our insulation products comes from Hungary, where it’s collected at the slaughterhouse after gray geese are killed for their meat and fatty livers. Hungarian grey geese are not live-plucked, but they are force-fed.
White Goose Down
White goose down is a byproduct of the meat industry, just like grey goose down. Ours comes from Poland, whose laws governing the husbandry of geese differ from those of Hungary. White goose down is collected at the slaughterhouse after the geese are killed for their meat. White geese in Poland are not force-fed, live-harvested or live-plucked.
Changing Ports Pays Dividends
We used to ship our products made in Asia to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, then bring them to our distribution center in Ventura, Calif., by truck. In 1997, we moved our distribution center to Reno, Nevada, but kept shipping everything into LA. In 2011, we took a long overdue look at our transportation network and discovered a simple way to save money and carbon emissions, and become more efficient.
Trupart Mfg. Inc.: Family Owned, Made in USA
Before we started producing clothing and gear, Patagonia made climbing hardware. So working with Trupart – a metal shop – is kind of a return to our roots. Our founder, Yvon Chouinard, searched out the factory himself to produce his invention – the River Crampon. He knows his way around a metal shop and is a stickler for quality. Trupart measures up.