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Keri Oberly
Partnering with the People Who Make Our Clothing, with Fair Trade Practices
Photo: Keri Oberly
Partnering with the People Who Make Our Clothing, with Fair Trade Practices
Patagonia

We started developing our social responsibility program in the mid-1990s, working side by side with factory partners. In 2001, we became a founding member of the Fair Labor Association, a nonprofit that works to improve working conditions worldwide. With over a decade of close focus on our cut-and-sew factories, in 2011, we moved one link…

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Limpiando las costas de Chile
Limpiando las costas de Chile
Limpiando las costas de Chile
Andrew O’Reilly

El pacífico sur tiene un problema con el plástico. Él tiene un camión.

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Freedom through Fabric
Freedom through Fabric
Freedom through Fabric
Archana Ram

Why a symbol of Indian self-reliance is vital again.

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Silencio, agua, esperanza
Silencio, agua, esperanza
Silencio, agua, esperanza
Andrew O’Reilly

Proteger el océano, para eso están los amigos.

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La belleza en lo pequeño
La belleza en lo pequeño
La belleza en lo pequeño
Rachel G. Clark

El cultivo de algodón orgánico, un trabajo duro e incierto, representa menos del 1 por ciento de la producción de algodón de EE.UU. Para esta familia es una vocación, justamente por eso.

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Good Jeans
Illustration of a person wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans kneeling in their garden picking lettuce.
Good Jeans
Sarah Mirk

What’s the secret to a really good pair of jeans? Comics journalist Sarah Mirk tells us what to look for and how to keep them in play longer.

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Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business
Unfinished Business
Rachel G. Clark

When it comes to making more responsible jeans, our work is never done. And, of course, we leave the really dirty work to you.

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Donating with Dignity
Donating with Dignity
Donating with Dignity
Sarah Mirk

The dos and don’ts of donating your used clothes.

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Cómo Llegamos Aquí: Algodón Orgánico
Cómo Llegamos Aquí: Algodón Orgánico
Cómo Llegamos Aquí: Algodón Orgánico
Michele Bianchi

La historia de nuestra transición al algodón orgánico comienza con un brote de dolores de cabeza y un viaje al paisaje lunar de los campos de algodón convencional en el Valle de San Joaquín.

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Our Quest for Circularity
Our Quest for Circularity
Our Quest for Circularity
Archana Ram

Patagonia’s journey toward zero waste and reduced carbon emissions, failed experiments included.

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Trust The Scientists
Trust The Scientists
Trust The Scientists
Mădălina Preda

Why we rely on lab tests and data more than ever to make decisions about our products.

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La calidad es un problema ambiental
La calidad es un problema ambiental
La calidad es un problema ambiental
Patagonia

El sistema de puntuación ambiental de Patagonia está diseñado con nuestra huella ecológica en mente. Aquí explicamos por qué.

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Cambiando la tela de nuestras vidas
Cambiando la tela de nuestras vidas
Cambiando la tela de nuestras vidas
Lindsay Morris

¿Puede realmente una camiseta de algodón ayudar a detener la crisis climática?

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El Gran Experimento del Algodón
El Gran Experimento del Algodón
El Gran Experimento del Algodón
Rachel G. Clark & Rachel G. Horn

Esta es una prueba para cultivar nuestra ropa de una forma diferente.

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Net Positiva
Net Positiva
Net Positiva
Adam Skolnick

Cómo las redes de pesca desechadas terminaron en la visera de nuestros gorros.

3 Minutos de lectura
A Net Plus
A Net Plus
A Net Plus

This is the story of how Bureo locked arms with Patagonia to keep 71,000 pounds of discarded fishing net waste out of the ocean each year by putting it into our hat brims. Introducing the traceable, 100% recycled NetPlus®.

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Una Carta Desde La Toscana (Desde Donde Obtenemos Nuestra Lana Usada)
Una Carta Desde La Toscana (Desde Donde Obtenemos Nuestra Lana Usada)
Una Carta Desde La Toscana (Desde Donde Obtenemos Nuestra Lana Usada)
Mădălina Preda

Se fue a Italia para ver cómo se hace la lana reciclada y descubrir que todo tiene un impacto, incluso el reciclaje.

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The “Father of Recycling” Has a Message For You
The “Father of Recycling” Has a Message For You
The “Father of Recycling” Has a Message For You
Erin Grace Scottberg

Donald Sanderson launched the country’s first mandatory curbside recycling program in Woodbury, New Jersey, in 1980. The recycling landscape has since changed. A lot. Is it still worthwhile?

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2025 Or Bust: Patagonia’s Carbon Neutrality Goal
2025 Or Bust: Patagonia’s Carbon Neutrality Goal
2025 Or Bust: Patagonia’s Carbon Neutrality Goal
Rodrigo Bustamante

In Japan, it is possible to simultaneously stand both in a cultivated field and under a solar array. A group of engineers and entrepreneurs developed a model whereby solar panels can be installed on top of existing farmland and still allow the required amount of sunlight to reach the crops below. These collaborations between businesses…

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Why Recycled?
Why Recycled?
Why Recycled?

Why recycled? is a short video that looks at the current global challenges facing the recycling system and why Patagonia is switching to 100% renewable and recycled materials. Through interviews with material designers and industrial ecologists, this film urges us to question our own consumption habits and look at the impact the clothing industry has on people and the planet.

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What We’re Doing About Our Plastic Problem
What We’re Doing About Our Plastic Problem
What We’re Doing About Our Plastic Problem
Patagonia

Our home planet has a deeply disturbing and pervasive problem with plastics. In April, a group of researchers studying the deepest part of the ocean—the Mariana Trench—discovered plastic bags and candy wrappers floating nearly seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Globally, about 450 million metric tons of plastic are produced every year and 9.5 million tons of…

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Misunderstood
Misunderstood
Misunderstood

Natural. Misunderstood. Legal.

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Hemp Is Back: How Some of Ours Is Produced, in Photos
Hemp Is Back: How Some of Ours Is Produced, in Photos
Hemp Is Back: How Some of Ours Is Produced, in Photos
Diane French

It’s hard not to notice the hype around hemp today. Pick up any lifestyle magazine, enter a pharmacy, talk to a health-food store employee or just the person next to you in yoga class—at some point you’ll learn about its miraculous powers. In particular, near-unbelievable claims swirl around cannabidiol, or CBD, oil derived from hemp:…

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What’s at Stake Is the Future of Humankind
What’s at Stake Is the Future of Humankind
What’s at Stake Is the Future of Humankind
Brad Wieners

Yvon Chouinard shares how our company continues to do what it can to defend the soil, air and water we all depend on—and to confront the greatest threat to our welfare we’ve ever faced.

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Teaming Up to Get to the Bottom of Microfiber Pollution
Teaming Up to Get to the Bottom of Microfiber Pollution
Teaming Up to Get to the Bottom of Microfiber Pollution
Stephen Chastain

Together with industry partners, Patagonia commissioned Ocean Wise’s Plastic Lab to investigate microfibers, the tiny textile particles that shed from garments over their lifetime. The scientists at the Plastic Lab have just completed the first phase of this research project, so we asked them for an update. While plastic debris in the ocean has rightfully…

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Giving Workers More of a Voice
Giving Workers More of a Voice
Giving Workers More of a Voice
Rachel G. Clark

Behind everything we make is the hard work of a human being—from growing raw materials and weaving fabric to cutting and sewing the finished product. Yet those who work in garment factories—and, globally, more than 60 million people do—have historically been subject to substandard working conditions and unable to report those issues. That’s why, in…

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All Our Wool Is Now Certified to the Responsible Wool Standard
All Our Wool Is Now Certified to the Responsible Wool Standard
All Our Wool Is Now Certified to the Responsible Wool Standard
Patagonia

This article was first published in 2018. For the most recent information about our participation in the Responsible Wool Standard, visit Our Footprint. In 2015, we made the conscious decision to put a pause on our wool sourcing “until we can assure our customers of a verifiable process that ensures the humane treatment of animals.”…

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The Night They Drove Organic Down
The Night They Drove Organic Down
The Night They Drove Organic Down
Dave Chapman

Looking back on the USDA meeting in Jacksonville, I am left with anger, grief and a sense of urgency that we keep moving forward. The meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was an historical turning point for the National Organic Program (NOP). It was a watershed moment. “All of the organic philosophy is…

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Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Rose Marcario

For almost 20 years since the “organic” certification first passed, there has been a debate surrounding growing methods. Some foods are grown in soil, and others are grown hydroponically in large buildings and under lights. There is a reason for both growing methods, but it is important that they be labeled differently. Since the 1920s…

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Join Us: The Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification
Photo courtesy of KAMUT
Join Us: The Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification
Rose Marcario

Working closely with Rodale Institute, Dr. Bronner’s and other key allies, we created Regenerative Organic Certification to establish a new, high bar for regenerative organic agriculture. The certification is the result of a lively and cooperative effort among a coalition of change-makers, brands, farmers, ranchers, nonprofits and scientists, all with a clear goal: to pave…

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What You Can Do About Microfiber Pollution
Photos: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB
What You Can Do About Microfiber Pollution
Patagonia

Addressing the shedding of microfibers from synthetic garments continues to be a top priority for us at Patagonia. We know there are a lot of contributing factors to microplastic pollution, and we have been learning all we can about the release of fibers from our garments. Patagonia has commissioned two research projects on microplastics—one through…

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Finding Moral Certainty for Businesses in an Uncertain World
Photo: Kyle Sparks
Finding Moral Certainty for Businesses in an Uncertain World
Rose Marcario

Over the past few months, the business environment has changed dramatically. I’m not talking about trade policy or tax reform, but rather the heightened moral and ethical uncertainty many business leaders now feel at a time when the foundations of our democracy are challenged. New injustices seem to arise almost every day, demanding we speak…

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Welcome to the B Corp Community, Stonyfield!
Photo courtesy of Stonyfield
Welcome to the B Corp Community, Stonyfield!
Vincent Stanley

We’re happy to welcome Stonyfield to the B Corp community. When Patagonia was young we felt kinship mostly with companies in the outdoor industry and our friends who worked there. Two companies we admired in the then unfamiliar territory of food included Ben & Jerry’s and Stonyfield, which grew out of an organic farming school…

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Making Surf Gear at a Fair Trade Certified Patagonia Facility
Photo: Jarrah Lynch
Making Surf Gear at a Fair Trade Certified Patagonia Facility
Dave Rastovich

As I step into MAS Active-Leisureline, a Fair Trade Certified factory that makes Patagonia products near Colombo, Sri Lanka, the first thing that confronts my senses is the sound. Row after row of clamorous cutting and sewing machinery is being operated by a few hundred workers, all dressed in bright green uniforms and working under…

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An Update on Microfiber Pollution
Photos: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB
An Update on Microfiber Pollution
Patagonia

In June 2016, we provided a comprehensive update on Patagonia’s work to investigate the emerging issue of ocean pollution from tiny fibers, which often originate from synthetic textiles (such as nylon, acrylic or polyester) that are used in products available to consumers around the world. Research about microplastics pollution is just starting to emerge among…

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Regenerative Organics: Drawing a Line in the Soil
Illustration: Lake Buckley
Regenerative Organics: Drawing a Line in the Soil
Rose Marcario

In recent years, we’ve seen a boom in production and sales of organic foods worldwide. The global organic food market is expected to grow by 16 percent between 2015 and 2020, a faster rate than conventionally-grown foods. This seems like good news—but in truth, organic farming makes up just a tiny fraction of the global agriculture…

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