Our Environmental Responsibility Programs

Why

The clothing and footwear industries are responsible for around 10% of the global greenhouse gases emitted in the entire world—with the textile industry alone releasing more than 1.2 billion tons of CO2e into our atmosphere every year. The manufacturing, transportation, and use and disposal of garments have a significant impact on the planet, which is only increasing as our consumption patterns continue to grow.

Patagonia is part of this industry, and our entire business is implicated in its impacts. We rely on water, chemicals and fossil fuels across our supply chain—growing cotton, recycling polyester and nylon into thread, weaving and dyeing fabrics, and transporting the gear we make to customers.

For years, we have been working throughout our supply chain to reduce our environmental footprint. We hope to inspire a movement of businesses looking to do the same.

Where We Are

We partner with other companies across the globe to manufacture and transport our products. We work closely with our partners to mitigate the environmental harm of producing clothing and we hold our suppliers (and ourselves) to the highest environmental standards. We have switched many of our materials and processes to alternatives that have a lower impact. We do this not because it’s necessarily demanded of us, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Over the years, we have committed to numerous initiatives aimed at reducing our environmental impact across our business, such as only using organically grown cotton in all our products made from virgin cotton and increasing our use of recycled materials.

What’s Next

Patagonia was founded with a purpose to build the best products that cause the least amount of harm. That ethos guides us to take a comprehensive look at all the impacts our business creates. However, priorities are important, so we are focusing on three environmental goals as we move toward 2025:

  1. By 2025, we will be 100% carbon-neutral across our entire supply chain. We will do this by reducing our footprint and investing in impactful renewable projects and natural climate solutions.
  2. By 2025, all our apparel products will be made from 100% recycled, reclaimed or renewable resources.
  3. By 2025, our packaging will be 100% reusable, home compostable, renewable, or easily recyclable.
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