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The Lowdown on Down: An Update

The Lowdown on Down: An Update

Dec 5, 2011 December 5, 2011

In April 2011, we posted here a report on problems we’ve experienced sourcing down for our down clothing. As we mentioned, quality is not the problem. We’re proud of the down clothing we make. The designs are simple and beautiful, the fabrics are strong and… Read More

Ray Anderson 1934-2011

Ray Anderson 1934-2011

By Paul Hawken   |   Aug 29, 2011 August 29, 2011

Patagonia’s friend Ray Anderson, the visionary founder and chairman of Interface, died last week at the age of 77. Ray was an intelligent, soft-spoken entrepreneur, engineer, and businessman who, on reading Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce in 1994 called it a “spear into… Read More

Lowdown on Down

Lowdown on Down

By Patagonia   |   Apr 4, 2011 April 4, 2011

We’re proud of the down clothing we make. The quality (fill-power or insulation value) of the down is excellent and appropriate to end use, as are the shell fabrics. The designs are beautiful; down clothing of all kinds has become an important part of our… Read More

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

By greenewsurfer   |   Feb 18, 2011 February 18, 2011

Building an environmentally conscious hiking boot that’s also a top performer is no easy task. Design and construction are complex; so is the supply chain. As Backpacker magazine put it: “Boots are the most complex gear in our kit, with numerous components – fabrics, leathers, soles, shanks,… Read More

Conspiracy or Transparency?

Conspiracy or Transparency?

Sep 20, 2010 September 20, 2010

For the past nine weeks I’ve been taking a course in fiction writing. As part of the class, we write short stories and critique each other’s finished works.  The other night we critiqued a classmate’s story about a woman who worked for a corporation that took extreme measures – from… Read More

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