Patagonia, Inc. is an American clothier who sells athletic apparel for sports such as climbing, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, and general activewear; all of which, are manufactured with environmentally-sustainable methods.
The company was the first of its kind to transform trash into fleece by creating recycled polyester from plastic bottles, they re-use manufacturing waste, and convert worn-out garments into polyester fibers to produce clothing. Similarly, since 1996, the company has used nothing but organic cotton, grown-by farmers that refrain from using harmful chemicals in the product. And, finally, Patagonia continues to work hard to prioritize the humane treatment of animals when it comes to products that are created from them; and, as a result, they have developed the Patagonia Wool Standard that combines a stringent set of criteria for animal welfare and responsible land management.
Patagonia believes that the environmental crisis has reached a tipping point, and that without a firm commitment to environmental protection and preservation, then ultimately humankind as a whole will destroy the planet’s ability to repair itself. Atop of their sustainability efforts, more than 300 styles in Patagonia’s product line are Fair Trade Certified; meaning, with each item assembled, the company pays a premium with the money going to an account controlled by the workers of factories located in India, Thailand, Colombia, Vietnam, Nicaragua and Mexico. Patagonia wholeheartedly believes that every purchase of a Fair Trade Certified garment is an opportunity for their customers to directly-support and vote for good values in growing countries.