There are many ways to reduce the impact of the stuff we make and you buy. Through our partnership with bluesign Technologies we are reducing energy and water use and toxic substances in our manufacturing processes. We also use environmentally conscious fibers in many of our products, including organic cotton and recycled polyester, and try to minimize our packaging and transportation waste. Most importantly we make quality products that last a long time and, with proper care, won’t need to be replaced for many years. As a consumer, the biggest thing you can do is to not buy what you don’t really need. And if you do buy something from us, care for it so it lasts a long time. To that end, check out our care manual.

Common Threads Partnership: Take the Pledge

Patagonia® Product Care Guide: Preserving your Gear from A to Z

Denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol are degreasing agents that work best as spot cleaners, removing surface soils that aren’t affected by soap or detergent. Denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol will safely remove stains from many fabrics. Use to remove ink or sap. Do not use on acetate, rayon, wool or silk.

To remove stubborn stains, moisten a cotton ball or cotton cloth with a few drops of denatured alcohol. Test the alcohol first on an inconspicuous part of the garment and allow the fabric to dry. If there is no discoloration, wet a second cotton ball and rub the stain, but do not saturate the fabric. Allow to dry. Using a toothbrush on woven fabrics is okay, clean the stain with a drop of dishwashing detergent and scrub until the stain disappears. Rinse the garment in warm water and blot dry with a clean towel.