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.
20 years of organic cotton
In 1994, we made the decision to take a stand against chemically intensive cotton and switch to organically grown cotton throughout our line. In hindsight, it was an audacious goal as the quantity of cotton in our line was quite small in the giant world of cotton production.
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.
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.
TRACEABLE DOWN INSULATION
All of our down products, as of our fall 2014 product season, contain Traceable Down, all of which can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked.
FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED™
Fair Trade is one of the first tools we’re using at Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their standard of living and move them closer to earning a living wage.
What is a living wage vs. a minimum wage?
Patagonia keeps close tabs on wages paid in all of our partner factories so we can ensure the workers who make our clothes are earning at least a minimum wage in the locales where they work. But in most instances we do not know whether those wages are enough to afford a decent standard of living.
Our Business and Climate Change
Knowing we are part of the problem, we focus on specific things Patagonia can do to reduce, neutralize, or even reverse the root causes of climate change.
Our Impact on the Planet
The shells we make are contributing to climate change. Despite our best efforts to minimize this contribution, we are still part of the problem. Learn about the good and bad environmental aspects of making shells.
Merino Wool Sourcing
Re-building our wool program—with a partner that can ensure a strong and consistent approach to animal welfare, while also fostering healthy grasslands—will be a significant challenge.