The Cleanest Line
Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard

Annie Leonard has dedicated nearly two decades to investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. Her first book – The Story of Stuff – was published by Free Press in March 2010.

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Solutions Series, Part 7: Vote!

Solutions Series, Part 7: Vote!

Oct 17, 2014 October 17, 2014

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, U.S. citizens will vote in the 2014 midterm elections. Patagonia supports candidates who will push hard for clean, renewable energy, restore clean water and air and turn away from risky, carbon-intensive fuels. We support leaders who will act on behalf of the future… Read More

Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action

Solutions Series, Part 5: Taking Action

Jul 17, 2014 July 17, 2014

In my last essay, I talked about an updated vision of environmental changemaking, one that recognizes that many businesses are potential allies in the transformation to a responsible sustainable economy. Not all businesses, mind you, but a good number really do want clean energy, safe products, and decently… Read More

Solutions Series, Part 4: Solutions in Business

Solutions Series, Part 4: Solutions in Business

May 7, 2014 May 7, 2014

“There is no business to be done on a dead planet.”–David Brower Back in in the day, an activist colleague of mine liked to wisecrack that whenever corporations talked about environmental solutions everyone could live with, what they meant were “solutions” only a politically acceptable number of people would die… Read More

Solutions Series, Part 3: Dive In

Solutions Series, Part 3: Dive In

Jan 15, 2014 January 15, 2014

A few months ago, we started a conversation about solutions with the Patagonia community.  We identified three areas where solutions are needed most:  our communities, our businesses, and our governments. Last time we talked about solutions in our communities – the closest place to home. This time, we’ll… Read More

Solutions Series, Part 2: Solutions in Our Communities

Solutions Series, Part 2: Solutions in Our Communities

Sep 16, 2013 September 16, 2013

In 1968, high jumper Dick Fosbury set an Olympics record by rejecting the standard “straddling” technique – one leg, then the other – in favor of flinging his whole body up and over the bar, head first and backwards. At first track and field officials tried… Read More

Solutions Series, Part 1: The Babies in the River

Solutions Series, Part 1: The Babies in the River

Jun 28, 2013 June 28, 2013

Once upon a time in a riverside village, a woman noticed a shocking sight: a drowning baby, crying its lungs out, being washed downriver. She rushed to save it, rescuing the baby just before it went over the falls at the edge of town. The next day there were two… Read More

Love

Love

Feb 14, 2013 February 14, 2013

Long before we were labeled tree-huggers, before environmentalist, ecologist and conservationist, people with a passion for the Earth were commonly called nature lovers. What better time than February to re-embrace the term? If there’s one thing the Common Threads community has in common, it’s a devotion to hiking, skiing, climbing,… Read More

Being Thankful

Being Thankful

Nov 22, 2012 November 22, 2012

If you ask people what they’re most thankful for in life, three things nearly always come out on top. Not their car (even if it’s a hybrid), their shiny new ultrathin laptop or a 700-fill-power goose down ski jacket. Surveys consistently find we’re most thankful for friends and… Read More

Getting to Zero

Getting to Zero

Aug 1, 2012 August 1, 2012

Recycling has come a long way, but has a long way to go. Sorting our paper, cans and bottles has become second nature for good green-leaning citizens, and many communities have expanded curbside recycling programs to include food and other compostables. But nationwide, Americans only recycle about a third of… Read More

Choose to Reuse

Choose to Reuse

May 24, 2012 May 24, 2012

When I moved into the house in Dhaka where I lived in 1993, I noticed there was no wastebasket in my room. On my first trip to the market, I bought one – and soon discovered that throwing things “away” meant something different in the capital of Bangladesh than back… Read More

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