The Climate Crisis
The climate crisis is no longer a forecast—for millions, it’s become a frequent, difficult, even devastating reality, and every part of Patagonia’s business is implicated. We are enmeshed in carbon emissions: making polyester thread from oil, weaving fabric on machines run on fossil fuels, dyeing fabrics with chemical dyes and waterproofing jackets, sewing shirts in factories, transporting pants from one country to another or from one city to another, shipping clothes in plastic mailbags to the people who order them, driving to work.

If we’re to keep earth livable in the future, we must change our ways. We’re going to have to undertake “rapid and far-reaching’ transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its October 2018 report. What’s more, if we’re to reduce the risk of calamity, we must act fast to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, which will require cutting human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by about 45 percent from 2010 levels—and achieving “net zero” CO2 emissions—removing as much CO2 from the air as we add—by 2050.I

Living our mission—we’re in business to save our home planet—Patagonia’s goal is to be carbon neutral across our entire business including our supply chain by 2025.

The supply chain is what textile and other manufacturers use to describe everything from the crops grown to make yarn and the sewing of the fabric into garments to shipping finished clothes to warehouses, stores, and our customer’s front porch. Patagonia’s supply chain accounts for 97 percent of our carbon emissions. “Net zero,” or “carbon neutral,” means that we will eliminate, capture or otherwise mitigate all of the carbon emissions we create, including those from the factories that make our textiles and finished clothing and farms that grow our natural fibers.

And we won’t stop there. Our aim is to become carbon positive—taking more carbon out of the atmosphere than we put in, even as our company grows. How? We’re glad you asked. Below are some key steps we’re taking to get us there.

  • We will use only renewable electricity for our Patagonia retail stores, distribution centers, regional and global offices and headquarters by 2020. As of fall 2018, we are at 100 percent renewable electricityII in the U.S. and 76 percent globally.
  • We will use only renewableIII or recycled materials in our products by 2025. As of fall 2018, 51 percent of our materials by weight are renewable or recycled; by fall 2019 we will be at 69 percent.
  • Reduce energy use throughout our supply chain, work with suppliers to convert to renewable energy and invest in renewable energy projects to cover the remainder of our carbon footprint.
  • Using the new Regenerative Organic Certification, expand regenerative organic agriculture as the source of fiber for our apparel and our food for Patagonia Provisions to restore topsoil and capture carbon out of the atmosphere.
  • Invest in other carbon-capture projects, like reforestation, across the globe.
  • Grow our Worn Wear® program and make it a robust business unit that supports various initiatives that encourage reuse, repair and recycling to extend the life of products and reduce their environmental footprint.
  • Double down on grassroots climate action and our support of nonprofits fighting to protect our planet.

Please follow these links for further detail about our climate action plan in our business, grants and investments, and our voice.


IIWe are currently in the process of getting these calculations verified by Center for Resource Solutions, an external firm that specializes in and certifies renewable energy claims under their Green-e certification program.

IIIRenewable is defined as any natural material that can be grown or harvested on an annual basis (e.g., wool, organic cotton, etc.)