Grants & Investments - Patagonia
Over the years, we’ve supported groups who fight pipelines and toxic oil refineries, and NGOs that recruit new leaders in the climate movement. Last year, in addition to our worldwide giving, we donated $1 million to support mainly state, local and regional efforts in the areas of climate policy, transitions to a clean-energy economy and climate justice—groups such as the Stand Up to Oil coalition, who successfully defeated the largest oil shipping terminal ever proposed in North America. We invested in groups such as California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), who used Patagonia’s funds to pass groundbreaking pro-climate policies like California’s Senate Bill 100 to achieve 100 percent clean, renewable energy. We funded climate justice groups like Environmental Health Coalition, who developed an online Climate Justice Leadership program to organize and empower local environmental justice leaders.
In addition to renewable energy investments, Tin Shed Ventures seeks out early stage innovations that can reduce Patagonia’s reliance on carbon-intensive practices, such as biobased materials and chemistries used in our garments, or processes that use less energy and water than traditional industrial processes. For example, Tin Shed Ventures’ first investment was made into Tersus Solutions to develop a closed-loop industrial washing technology that uses liquid CO2 rather than water to clean and process materials and garments. Tersus’s technology uses approximately 35 percent less energy than traditional washing processes. To date, Tersus has saved over 110,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.