Patagonia can Be Selfish, and Give Back too. Patagonia gives back in more ways than you can shake a stick at.
Patagonia's definition of quality includes a mandate for building products and working with processes that cause the least harm to the environment. They evaluate raw materials, invest in innovative technologies, rigorously police their waste and use a portion of their sales to support groups working to make a real difference. They acknowledge that the wild world we love best is disappearing. That is why who work there share a strong commitment to protecting undomesticated lands and waters. They believe in using business to inspire solutions to the environmental crisis.
Sheepleg shares Patagonia's desire to preserve the great outdoors. They truly embody our motto of Being Selfish, and Giving Back. They are a very successful and respected business whose selfish desire is to continue to grow and be the market leader in top quality outdoor apparel and gear. Through their business they use their strength to give back to those causes that will help to save our environment. I have read about many companies who give back in some way, but very few go beyond what Patagonia has done and continues to do. Please keep reading and discover just how much you can help the environment by supporting Patagonia.
We define the quality of our company by the degree to which we can reduce our impact on the environment. However, walking our talk means more than auditing the materials and methods we use for the products we make. It means taking a holistic approach to all aspects of our business, applying the lessons learned from sourcing lower impact dyes and organic cotton to maintaining our physical plant and powering our computers. We also believe in celebrating the cultural histories of our communities by recycling and restoring existing structures whenever possible.
Our Reno Service Center was built in 1996 at a cost of $19 million. Located on the banks of the Truckee River at the site of the old Tahoe Timber Lumber Mill, the Service Center embodies our core purpose of using business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. It cost us more to do it, but most of these green innovations will pay for themselves through 30-35% energy savings within three to eight years. Read More.
Plugging Into Renewables
by Jim Little
Abandoned by our electricity provider, baffled by the electric utilities, yet still bent on doing the right thing, last year we built our own power plant in the parking lot at our headquarters in Ventura, California. Read More.
Environmental Grants Program
In 1973 a young man stopped by our offices to make a pitch. He called himself, ambitiously, "Friends of the Ventura River," and his plan was to restore the filthy trickle near our headquarters to its former, wild self. A lone activist with monumental goals, he envisioned fish life, shore birds and untainted riffles in a channel ruined by pollution. He gave us hope. We gave him desk space. Read More.
Common Threads Recycling Program
Way too much of what is made these days ends up in the trash at the end of its useful life. At Patagonia, we're working to change that.
In 2005 we launched our Common Threads Recycling Program, through which customers could return their worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers to us for recycling. We've since been able to expand the list of recyclable garments to include...Read More.
In addition to performing the many tasks required to run a successful outdoor clothing company, Patagonia employees are helping to create a new national park. To date, about 50 have traveled in groups of six to Chilean Patagonia – the company’s namesake – to spend three weeks digging out fence posts, rolling up wire and removing nonnative plants. Read More.
Patagonia World Trout® Initiative.
Trout around the world are at the mercy of human impact. Overfishing and destruction of habitat due to logging, war and global warming are all contributing to threaten trout populations. Humans, though, may also be trout’s saviors. Read More.
Patagonia Internship Program
After many years of giving money to activists, we realized that if we could share profits, we could also supply time and muscle. And many Patagonia employees, inspired by the work of the grassroots activists we supported or furious about the ruin of their favorite wild places, were in a fighting mood. So, in 1993, we created the Patagonia Employee Internship Program. Read More.
Patagonia bluesign® Certification
bluesign® is an internationally recognized organization that works with manufacturers to provide third party verification that materials are free of harmful chemical residues, pollution from processing is minimized, and resource efficiency during production is optimized. bluesign certification can be applied to the entire production chain, from raw material to final product, from chemical supplier to consumers. Prior to production, every component is assessed...Read More.
The Conservation Alliance
Environmental work is most effective when conducted with a dynamic group of peers. Working with other businesses toward a common goal is among the most rewarding of our environmental initiatives. In 1989, Patagonia co-founded The Conservation Alliance, along with REI, The North Face and Kelty, to encourage...Read More.
The catalog industry is beating our forests to a pulp. Each year, North American mail order companies produce an estimated 17 billion catalogs (59 for every man, woman and child in the United States). Most are made with 100% virgin wood fiber taken from Canada’s boreal region or forests in the southeastern United States. Read More.
Green building practices strive to balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and community sensitivity. We set high environmental standards for the 171,000 square-foot expansion of this building in pursuit of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)....Read More.
A turn-of-the-century fire station once stood at the corner of California and Santa Clara streets, a few blocks from our offices in Ventura. The Firehouse, which we use for office and meeting space, is a unique reincarnation of that building. In constructing this new model, we stayed as true to the original as possible, with necessary bows to function, cost, modern aesthetic sensibilities, and most importantly, environmental considerations.Read More.