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Keri Oberly
Lana: un nuovo inizio
Foto: Jeanne Carver
Lana: un nuovo inizio
Patagonia

Negli ultimi 10 mesi abbiamo lavorato allo sviluppo di una nuova catena di produzione della lana in grado di garantire standard elevati e verificabili sia per l’equo trattamento degli animali che per la gestione del territorio. Oggi abbiamo raggiunto alcuni importanti obiettivi e vogliamo aggiornare i nostri clienti sui traguardi messi a segno, ma anche…

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Laine: notre nouveau départ
Photo : Jeanne Carver
Laine: notre nouveau départ
Patagonia

Au cours des 10 derniers mois, nous avons travaillé sans relâche pour développer une nouvelle chaîne d’approvisionnement en laine respectant des normes exigeantes – et vérifiables – aussi bien en termes de bien-être animal que de gestion des terres. Nous avons désormais franchi d’importantes étapes et souhaitons informer directement nos clients de nos progrès, et des…

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Unser Neustart in Sachen Wolle
Foto: Jeanne Carver
Unser Neustart in Sachen Wolle
Patagonia

In den letzten 10 Monaten haben wir unablässig am Aufbau einer neuen Lieferkette für Wolle gearbeitet, die strenge und überprüfbare Standards bei Tierschutz und Landnutzung erfüllt. Nun haben wir einige wichtige Etappenziele erreicht und wollen unsere Kunden darüber informieren, was schon geschafft und was noch zu leisten ist. Zunächst einige Hintergrundinfos 2011 haben wir zusammen…

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What Do We Know About Tiny Plastic Fibers in the Ocean?
Photos: Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB
What Do We Know About Tiny Plastic Fibers in the Ocean?
Patagonia

Much has been written about the effects of plastic on the marine environment, from the Texas-sized Great Pacific garbage patch, to bottles expelled from cruise ships washed up on the beach, to “ghost” nets and weirs abandoned by factory-sized trawlers, and more. A new report on marine plastics was presented at the World Economic Forum earlier…

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Creating Climate-Beneficial Fiber Systems
Photo: Donnie Hedden
Creating Climate-Beneficial Fiber Systems
Rebecca Burgess

How can we solve the climate crisis? The answer may exist beneath our feet, in the soil. Carbon is a finite resource that moves through soils, oceans, food, fibers and the atmosphere—and ancient carbon is fossilized in Earth’s core. There is no more carbon entering or leaving Earth—we are simply seeing the effects of having…

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How We Got Here: Organic Cotton
How We Got Here: Organic Cotton
How We Got Here: Organic Cotton
Michele Bianchi

The story of our switch to organic cotton starts with a bout of headaches and a trip to the lunar landscape of the San Joaquin Valley’s conventional cotton fields.

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Partnering with the People Who Make Our Clothing, with Fair Trade Practices
Photo: Keri Oberly
Partnering with the People Who Make Our Clothing, with Fair Trade Practices
Patagonia

We started developing our social responsibility program in the mid-1990s, working side by side with factory partners. In 2001, we became a founding member of the Fair Labor Association, a nonprofit that works to improve working conditions worldwide. With over a decade of close focus on our cut-and-sew factories, in 2011, we moved one link…

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Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Organic Standards Stem from the Soil
Rose Marcario

For almost 20 years since the “organic” certification first passed, there has been a debate surrounding growing methods. Some foods are grown in soil, and others are grown hydroponically in large buildings and under lights. There is a reason for both growing methods, but it is important that they be labeled differently. Since the 1920s…

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The View from Europe: Say No to TTIP
Photo: Tim Davis
The View from Europe: Say No to TTIP
Ryan Gellert

This past week Greenpeace leaked 248 pages of negotiating texts and internal position papers that reveal a deep rift among the 28 European governments, the European Union and the U.S., involved in the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The Greenpeace report has caused an uproar here in Europe, including an announcement of opposition…

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Join Us: The Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification
Photo courtesy of KAMUT
Join Us: The Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification
Rose Marcario

Working closely with Rodale Institute, Dr. Bronner’s and other key allies, we created Regenerative Organic Certification to establish a new, high bar for regenerative organic agriculture. The certification is the result of a lively and cooperative effort among a coalition of change-makers, brands, farmers, ranchers, nonprofits and scientists, all with a clear goal: to pave…

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Patagonia Opposes TPP
Patagonia Opposes TPP
Patagonia Opposes TPP
Rose Marcario

By Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO Now that full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been made public, we can say unequivocally that we oppose it, as it advances the interests of big business at the expense of the environment, workers, consumers, communities and small businesses. This confirms our previous fears (here and here)…

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Grow with the Flow
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Grow with the Flow
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Grow with the Flow

Series intro: A new citizen is emerging. That citizen is engaged, concerned, and most of all, confident; confident in his or her choice as a consumer, confident in his or her power as an employee, confident that change is possible. The [Ed note: This installment comes from a local Ventura canoe paddler; someone whose time…

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Mindin’ the Toilet
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Mindin’ the Toilet
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Mindin’ the Toilet
localcrew

Series intro: A new citizen is emerging. That citizen is engaged, concerned, and most of all, confident; confident in his or her choice as a consumer, confident in his or her power as an employee, confident that change is possible. The Footprint Chronicles were developed to document the changes we’re making as a company to…

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Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles – Part 3
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles – Part 3
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles – Part 3

0ur Footprint Chronicles were intended to ignite conversation every bit as much as corporate introspection. And the comments are starting to roll in. Below, you’ll find some intriguing thoughts from among the very first responses we received to the Footprint Chronicles. In the interest of helping to zero-in our own focus on big issues, we’ve…

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Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles – Part 2
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles – Part 2
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles – Part 2

0ur Footprint Chronicles were intended to ignite conversation every bit as much as corporate introspection. And the comments are starting to roll in. Below, you’ll find some intriguing thoughts from among the very first responses we received to the Footprint Chronicles. In the interest of helping to zero-in our own focus on big issues, we’ve…

3 min Read
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles
Your Thoughts on The Footprint Chronicles

0ur Footprint Chronicles were intended to ignite conversation every bit as much as corporate introspection. And the comments are starting to roll in. Below, you’ll find some intriguing thoughts from among the very first responses we received to the Footprint Chronicles. In the interest of helping to zero-in our own focus on big issues, we’ve…

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: When the Light Went Out
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: When the Light Went Out
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: When the Light Went Out
Jim Little

A new citizen is emerging. That citizen is engaged, concerned, and most of all, confident; confident in his or her choice as a consumer, confident in his or her power as an employee, confident that change is possible. The Footprint Chronicles were developed to document the changes we’re making as a company to lighten our…

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Shopping Consciously for the Holidays
Shopping Consciously for the Holidays
Shopping Consciously for the Holidays
Patagonia

Nicole Bassett is Patagonia’s Social Responsibility Manager. As such, she is charged with traveling the world to visit our factories and verify the integrity of their manufacturing process. Thanks to her unique expertise, she gets peppered with questions from people eager to spend their dollars in the most beneficial way possible. In today’s post, Nicole…

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Ode to a Dead Volvo
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Ode to a Dead Volvo
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: Ode to a Dead Volvo
Patagonia

A new citizen is emerging. That citizen is engaged, concerned, and most of all, confident; confident in his or her choice as a consumer, confident in his or her power as an employee, confident that change is possible. The Footprint Chronicles were developed to document the changes we’re making as a company to lighten our…

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: All That Rots
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: All That Rots
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: All That Rots
Jim Little

A new citizen is emerging. That citizen is engaged, concerned, and most of all, confident; confident in his or her choice as a consumer, confident in his or her power as an employee, confident that change is possible. The Footprint Chronicles were developed to document the changes we’re making as a company to lighten our…

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Patagonia Receives FLA Accreditation
Patagonia Receives FLA Accreditation
Patagonia Receives FLA Accreditation

Patagonia is proud to announce that as of October, 2008, we have become a fully accredited member of the Fair Labor Association.  While Patagonia was a founding member and active participating company in the Fair Labor Association since 1999, it was not until last month that we received the distinction of full accreditation. To achieve…

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Small Is Still Beautiful
Small Is Still Beautiful
Small Is Still Beautiful
Rachel G. Horn

Tough and uncertain, organic cotton farming accounts for less than 1 percent of US cotton production. For this family, that’s why it’s a calling.

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Developing Our First Wetsuit—That’s Also Sustainably Made
Developing Our First Wetsuit—That’s Also Sustainably Made
Developing Our First Wetsuit—That’s Also Sustainably Made
Patagonia

Recently there has been a lot of talk in the surf world about “green” wetsuits (1, 2, 3, 4). Most of the claims revolve around the use of neoprene made from limestone rather than petroleum. I asked Todd Copeland, who works on Patagonia’s Fabric Development team, to shed some light on these claims. Many of…

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Green Biz
Green Biz
Green Biz

If you’re interested in businesses-gone-green, take a look at "Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet" by Cornelia Dean. (Note: This is a NY Times article and will only be viewable by non-subscribers for approximately one week.) It’s great to hear more success stories of reformed businessmen and their environmental experiments. Let’s hope interest among…

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Footprint Chronicles Features 5 New Products
Footprint Chronicles Features 5 New Products
Footprint Chronicles Features 5 New Products

Feedback" links available within The Footprint Chronicles. If you’ve yet to see it, The Footprint Chronicles is one example of our commitment to Leading an Examined Life. It’s an interactive mini-site that allows you to track the impact of several Patagonia products from design through delivery.* We launched The Footprint Chronicles with five products from…

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Up with Down
Up with Down
Up with Down

Because the best down comes from mature geese and because the Eastern Europeans prefer older and larger geese, the best down tends to come from Eastern Europe. The down is harvested and then separated into different grades depending on the quality of down. Hit the jump for more details . . . Down is graded…

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Announcing The Footprint Chronicles
Announcing The Footprint Chronicles
Announcing The Footprint Chronicles

I love to cook and as I’ve ventured into new cuisines found myself with a whole new spice rack sporting names like fenugreek, nigella and star anise. I also found myself wanting a spice grinder to go with all these wonderful recipes but couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. My coffee grinder worked just…

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Changing the Fabric of Our Lives
Changing the Fabric of Our Lives
Changing the Fabric of Our Lives
Lindsay Morris

Can a cotton T-shirt really help stop the climate crisis?

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The Great Cotton Experiment
The Great Cotton Experiment
The Great Cotton Experiment
Rachel G. Horn

This is a test to grow our clothes differently.

2 min Read
Patagonia Products’ Country of Origin Information Available Online
Patagonia Products’ Country of Origin Information Available Online
Patagonia Products’ Country of Origin Information Available Online

In early July of 2008 we announced the release of our factory list, available from the Leading the Examined Life portion of our site. As the post states, this was a big step for us. The Footprint Chronicles is our opportunity to maintain a higher level of transparency in our corporate practice. They were launched…

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Patagonia Reads with UCSB
Patagonia Reads with UCSB
Patagonia Reads with UCSB

After a very successful inaugural launch last year Patagonia got involved again with the University of California Santa Barbara READS program. UCSB students and Patagonia employees were given The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli to learn more about globalization. Patagonia was asked to get even further involved and have…

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TreeHugger Interviews with Yvon Chouinard
TreeHugger Interviews with Yvon Chouinard
TreeHugger Interviews with Yvon Chouinard

The all-things green blog TreeHugger recently conducted a two-part phone interview with Patagonia owner/founder Yvon Chouinard. Topics include growing the company, Patgonia 100 years from now, transparency and the Footprint Chronicles, the myth of sustainability, our "Pata-gucci" reputation, politics, and quality vs. quantity. As usual, Y.C. doesn’t pull any punches. Head on over to TreeHugger…

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Introducing the New Footprint Chronicles on Patagonia.com
Introducing the New Footprint Chronicles on Patagonia.com
Introducing the New Footprint Chronicles on Patagonia.com
Lisa Polley

by Lisa Polley As an employee of Patagonia for the past 12 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on many projects. Some of these have been interesting, some just a necessary part of my job. Never have I experienced a project with such a direct impact on the company, on its employees and on…

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Patagonia Clothing: Made Where? How? Why?
Patagonia Clothing: Made Where? How? Why?
Patagonia Clothing: Made Where? How? Why?
Enviro editor

About once a week, one of our stores or our customer service receives a question about the manufacturing of Patagonia clothing: Where do you make your clothes? Are they made in China? Why? Why don’t make you make them here in the United States? What are the conditions inside your factories? We thought it would…

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Why We Don’t Use Bamboo in Our Wetsuits
Photo: Chris Burkard
Why We Don’t Use Bamboo in Our Wetsuits

Want to know what’s up with this ad? Continue reading to learn why we don’t use bamboo fabrics in our wetsuits.ON BAMBOO AND RAYON Bamboo Becomes Rayon Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world, capable of growing up to four feet a day. Most of it is grown organically (though very little is…

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Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: A Word on Spreading the Word
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: A Word on Spreading the Word
Patagonia Employees’ My Footprint Series: A Word on Spreading the Word

Series intro: Today's citizen is engaged, concerned, and most of all, confident; confident in his or her choice as a consumer, confident in his or her power as an employee, confident that change is possible. [Ed note: Everyone concerned with the state of the environment has their coming-of -consciousness story. Psychologist Elizabeth Mosco has worked…

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