The Footprint Chronicles® examines Patagonia’s life and habits as a company. The goal is to use transparency about our supply chain to help us reduce our adverse social and environmental impacts – and on an industrial scale. We’ve been in business long enough to know that when we can reduce or eliminate a harm, other businesses will be eager to follow suit.
FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED™
Garment workers are paid some of the world’s lowest industrial wages and in many cases have little hope of getting ahead. In an attempt to improve the lives of those who make our products, we offer 10 women’s sportswear styles that are Fair Trade Certified for sewing.
Here’s what we’re doing to make sure Patagonia products are produced under safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain – and some background on how we got to where we are today.
100% TRACEABLE DOWN INSULATION
All of our down products, as of our fall 2014 product season, contain 100% Traceable Down, all of which can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked.
Responsibly Sourced Merino Wool
Our groundbreaking partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Ovis 21 promotes sustainable grazing practices in the Patagonia region and produces the finest merino wool.
ORGANIC COTTON – GROWN IN THE USA
Founding members of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative remember what it was like to take the risk to go organic almost two decades ago, while newer members look ahead at the future of organic cotton.