When we scrutinised fabric fibres to determine their environmental impact, we figured cotton was “pure” and “natural” because it was made from a plant. As it turns out, it’s a little more complex. Very little … continue
Everything we do pollutes or taxes the Earth in some way. It’s a sad and inescapable fact. But there are things we can do as individuals and businesses to lighten our impact on the environment.
At Patagonia we seek to build the best product and cause no unnecessary harm. We work hard to source materials and use processes that are less harmful to the Earth without compromising quality. We currently use the following e-fibers – environmentally friendlier fibers – in a number of our products. They include Recycled Polyester, Organic Cotton, Hemp, Chlorine-free Wool and Recycled Nylon.
To us, quality means more than how a garment looks or functions – it also includes the way it affects our environment and quality of life. This means working to source materials and develop processes … continue
Though our hemp is not “certified organic”, it is grown organically using all natural ingredients: compost, animal manure and available rainfall. We use hemp both on its own and blended with other fibres like PCR® … continue
Why wool is treated with chlorine Raw, untreated wool has scales that make it itchy and coarse and cause it to shrink, so most wool fabrics are treated with chlorine to reduce the scales. But … continue
Reducing and reusing wherever possible. Like polyester, virgin nylon fibre is made from crude oil. The recycled nylon we use in some of our products comes from post-industrial waste fibre and yarn collected from a … continue