Owned and Operated
Patagonia is a global company with a global footprint. We own and operate offices in the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Chile and Argentina. We also operate two distribution centers—our facilities where we receive goods from factories in the US and overseas—and more than 70 Patagonia stores worldwide.
In comparison to the footprint of our full supply chain, the emissions associated with our owned-and-operated facilities are much lower. For example, the carbon footprint of our own facilities is only 3% of our total footprint. Because we have much more control over our owned facilities, we are committed to cleaning up our own house before asking others to follow suit.
Where We Are
As of 2020, we are at 100% renewable electricity in the US and 76% globally, achieved through both on-site and off-site installations. We have on-site installations at our Reno and Ventura campuses, and we have installed more than 1,000 solar arrays on residential homes across the US and are currently scoping out solar investments in all our global regions.
Our Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions were 5,155 metric tons of CO2e in 2019. Scope 1 refers to direct emissions from the organization, effectively natural gas that we burn to heat the buildings that Patagonia owns or leases. Scope 2 emissions are from electricity that Patagonia purchases from utility companies.
While we focus a lot on investing in renewables, we also work hard to lessen the demand for energy in the first place.
Our sustainable building principles push us to design, build and operate buildings in a way that minimizes the need for energy, such as using daylight-design features.
Our greenhouse gas emissions footprint for shipping (both inbound and outbound) is around 8% of our total emissions footprint.
To reduce our transportation footprint, we are increasing the use of drop-shipping (a way to go directly from factories to international distribution centers), minimizing the need for inbound air shipments and reducing the need for two-day shipping options for customers, and we have opened our East Coast Distribution Center in Pennsylvania, allowing us to reach 9% of the US in three days without using air shipping.
To limit the waste we create in our owned-and-operated facilities, we are installing composting systems at all facilities; phasing out single-use plastics in our purchasing practices, café and stores; training our employees on zero-waste initiatives; digitizing our entire accounting and payroll processes; installing waste stations and proper signage so employees properly sort trash, recycling and compost; recycling all our scrap surfboard foam back into surfboard blanks; ensuring all visual merchandising materials are recyclable and working to minimize material use and increase modularization.
In our owned-and-operated facilities, our water footprint is relatively small and mostly comes from basic functions like sinks or toilets or rinsing off our wetsuits after a surf.
We capture all the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning condensation at one of our facilities in California, which we then use to water all the plants on-site. To further limit our water usage, we prioritize low-flow toilets, faucets and showers, and we plant native and drought-tolerant plants.
We also installed a bioswale, which captures the rain and stormwater runoff from our main campus in Ventura, California, and naturally filters it before it heads out to the ocean.
We are faced with everyday decisions on how best to make environmental choices. Here are some principles that we use to help guide these decisions and move us toward creating no unnecessary harm through our business operations.
Preferable Purchasing Principles PDF Responsible Service Provider Principles PDF Sustainable Building Principles PDF Paper Procurement and Use Principles PDF Packaging and Merchandising Principles PDF Product Recycling and Upcycling Principles PDF
Our goal is to switch to 100% renewable electricity in our owned-and-operated facilities by the end of 2020. By 2025 we plan to be a zero-waste-to-landfill company. Becoming zero-waste means that almost everything that leaves our doors will go to recycling or compost and not to the landfill. There will always be some outlier materials that we can't find a home for, but we are actively minimizing their use. To do so, we will have to change many of our operations, purchasing practices and behaviors.