The clothing and footwear industries are responsible for around 10% of the global greenhouse gases emitted in the entire world—with the textile industry alone releasing more than 1.2 billion tons of CO2e into our atmosphere every year. The manufacture, transportation, and use and disposal of garments have a significant impact on the planet, which is only increasing as our consumption patterns continue to grow.
Patagonia is part of this industry, and our entire business is implicated in its impacts. We rely on water, chemicals and fossil fuels across our supply chain—growing cotton, recycling polyester and nylon into thread, weaving and dyeing fabrics, and transporting the gear we make to customers.
For years, we have been working throughout our value chain to reduce our environmental footprint. We hope to inspire a movement of businesses looking to do the same.
Where We Are
We partner with other companies across the globe to manufacture and transport our products. We work closely with our partners to mitigate the environmental harm of producing clothing and hold our suppliers (and ourselves) to the highest environmental standards. We have switched many of our materials and processes to alternatives that have a lower impact. We do this not because it’s necessarily demanded of us, but because it’s the right thing to do. We set a high bar for ourselves and work rigorously with our partners to find solutions to the hardest questions in the industry.
Over the years, we have committed to numerous initiatives aimed at reducing our environmental impact across our business, such as using only cotton grown organically in all of our products made from virgin cotton and increasing our use of recycled materials.
Patagonia was founded with a mission to build the best products that cause the least amount of harm. That ethos guides us to take a comprehensive look at all the impacts our business creates. However, priorities are important, so we are focusing on four environmental goals as we move toward 2025:
- By 2025, we will be 100% carbon-neutral across our entire supply chain. We will do this by reducing our footprint, investing in impactful renewable projects and purchasing certified carbon offsets.
- By 2025, all our apparel products will be made from 100% recycled, reclaimed or renewable resources.
- By 2025, our packaging will be 100% reusable, home compostable, renewable, or easily recyclable.
- By 2030, 100% of the cotton and hemp fiber used in our line will be Regenerative Organic Certified (ROC).