20 years of Organic Cotton
In 1994, we made the decision to take a stand against chemically intensive cotton and switch to organically grown cotton throughout our line. In hindsight, it was an audacious goal as the quantity of cotton in our line was quite small in the giant world of cotton production.
Organic Cotton: Grown in the USA
Founding members of the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative remember what it was like to take the risk to go organic almost two decades ago, while newer members look ahead at the future of organic cotton.
Here’s what we’re doing to make sure Patagonia products are produced under safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions throughout the supply chain – and some background on how we got to where we are today.
Fair Trade Certified™
Fair Trade is one of the first tools we’re using at Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their standard of living and move them closer to earning a living wage.
What is a living wage vs. a minimum wage?
Patagonia keeps close tabs on wages paid in all of our partner factories so we can ensure the workers who make our clothes are earning at least a minimum wage in the locales where they work. But in most instances we do not know whether those wages are enough to afford a decent standard of living.
Traceable Down Insulation
All of our down products, as of our fall 2014 product season, contain Traceable Down, all of which can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked.
Our Business and Climate Change
Knowing we are part of the problem, we focus on specific things Patagonia can do to reduce, neutralize, or even reverse the root causes of climate change. We believe in extending our mission to cause no unnecessary harm to every area where Patagonia has influence. That way, as Patagonia grows in size, our efforts to meet the challenge of our mission can be amplified exponentially.
A Shell Game in the Dark
The shells we make are contributing to climate change. Despite our best efforts to minimize this contribution, we are still part of the problem. Learn about the good and bad environmental aspects of making shells.
We have been working diligently to develop a new wool supply chain that reflects high, and verifiable, standards for both animal welfare and land management. See what we have accomplished so far and what we have yet to accomplish.
Impact and Adoption
As our company grows, we are faced with this challenge: the more we produce, the greater our impact is on the environment. If we are going to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis, as our mission states, we have to reduce our overall impact, regardless of the number of products we sell.
MAS Active–Leisureline, Katunayake, Sri Lanka
Workers at MAS Active–Leisureline in Sri Lanka chose to use their Fair Trade premium to buy essential items, including food, medicine and toiletries.