Dear Patagonia community,
The COVID-19 pandemic is taking over communities around the world at an astounding rate. While testing availability in the United States is still limited, and so the extent of the virus’s spread is largely unknown, we want to do our part to protect everyone. The safety of our employees and our communities is our top priority, and we are taking responsible precautions to help stop the spread of this scary virus where we can.
We have temporarily closed our stores, offices and other operations in the United States. We have also closed stores and offices in Argentina, Chile, Japan and across Europe. Our Australia and South Korea operations will continue on a modified work schedule in stores and offices, with some stores closed depending on location. Employees who can work from home will do so. All Patagonia employees will continue to receive their regular pay during these closures.
We are working to find solutions to protect the safety of our warehouse team, and we hope to have an update about online orders in the coming weeks. We apologize that over the next two weeks there will be delays on orders and customer-service requests. We ask for your understanding and patience. We will continue to keep you updated with new developments.
We encourage our friends everywhere to take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and that of others. It’s everyone’s responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health authorities are the best resources for updates and answers to questions.
Over the years, as our Patagonia community has been faced with challenges,I have always been inspired by how we emerge stronger and with an even deeper sense of purpose. We will persevere through this challenge, too.
Thank you for your business, loyalty and patience.
CEO and President
How Clean Are Your Clothes?
The hidden cost of the clothes we’re buying.
0 CO21760-1820 Industrial Revolution
First use of polyester fibers
US Senate hears testimony on global warming
The rise of fast fashion
First e-commerce clothing websites
World produces $1 trillion worth of clothes
Rana Plaza factory catastrophe
Clothing production reaches a value of $1.8 trillion
CO2e at levels more than 150
times higher than in 1850
Call It a Climate Crisis
Half of the carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels were released in the past three decades. Every year, the clothing industry spews 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
The Industry Is a Waste
Buy. Use. Throw away. Buy more. Fast, disposable fashion is wasteful by design.
And It’s Getting Worse
We buy 60% more items of clothing and keep them for about half as long as 15 years ago.
Globally, the clothing industry contributes 10% of the pollution driving the climate crisis.
We See You, Big Fashion
The world’s largest clothing brands hide dirty and irresponsible practices and misuse words like “sustainable,” “green” and “conscious.”
Together, We Can Change How Clothes Are Made
We’re Recycling Our Way to Lower Emissions
This season, 72% of our materials are made from recycled fibers. Switching to recycled allowed us to avoid 11,500 metric tons of CO²e, enough to power 1,300 homes for one year.Demand Recycled
We Grow Our Cotton Organically
Since 1996, all of the virgin cotton in our line has been grown organically, without the use of harmful chemicals (and we make clothes with recycled cotton, too). By using organic cotton, we save water and reduce CO² emissions by 45% compared to conventional cotton.Demand Organic
We’re Changing How We Grow Food and Fiber
We are investing in and testing ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere through regenerative organic agriculture.Learn More
We Care for Our Workers
We are dedicated to improving conditions for our workers. This season, two-thirds of our line is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, impacting 66,000 workers.Demand Fair Trade
We Keep Gear In Play
The best thing we can do for the planet is to stop buying new clothes and get more use out of stuff we already own, cutting down on consumption. Our Worn Wear program does just that.Buy Used
Know How Your
Clothes Are Made.
The clothing industry won’t change on its own. You have the power to persuade the industry to end wasteful practices by demanding more from your favorite brands.