We expect the brands we choose in our collection to meet our sustainability criteria. Our criteria consist of actions that take the environment, social conditions and climate into consideration. Here’s how Patagonia meets our criteria:
Brand uses environmentally preferred raw materials for more than 70% of its volume.
Brand has eliminated at least three suspect chemical group, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated Chemicals from its entire production
Brand reports what percentage of its consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recycled materials, and the brand implements concrete policies which have reduced the environmental impact of their packaging materials
Brand encourages the longevity of products by offering a lifetime guarantee, repair services or supporting the return or re-use of garments
Brand supports environmental NGOs or other organizations to promote environmental sustainability
Patagonia doesn’t report on the implementation of its environmental policy related to the ‘wet processes’ within the production cycle, like bleaching and dyeing of raw materials.
Fair social conditions are audited by third parties (For operations outside EU)
Origin of the materials, design and the manufacturing is shared openly
Brand is following buying practices that enable living wages and good labour conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at a limited number of factories
Open list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume
Brand supports social NGO's or other organizations to promote social sustainability
More than 50% of Patagonia's product volume is not produced in low-risk countries. A large part of Patagonia's products are made in China and Vietnam. The exact locations of the manufacturers can be found on the Patagonia websitehere. Patagonia holds its suppliers (and itself) to the highest environmental and social standards in the industry. To manage the process, they rely on industry tools and standards, and when sufficiently stringent standards do not exist, they create them themselves.
So over the years, they have developed a number of programmes to study the impacts across our business, from farm to store. 87% of their line is Fair Trade certified sewn and over 64,000 workers are supported by Patagonia's participation in the Fair Trade program.
Has the brand disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and has it accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint reduction compared to the result of the previous reporting year?
Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?
Patagonia is one of the world's leading environmentally friendly clothing brands. Patagonia was founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 who was a passionate climber. The Patagonia journey started with Yvon's Steel Pitons used for climbing and the clothing sales started with Corduroy shorts and Rugby shirts. Patagonia has expanded its product line to include apparel targeted towards other sports, such as surfing.
Patagonia's work is guided by four key values:
Build the best product - Patagonia wants to create the best products in terms of function, repairability and durability. The goal is a product that lasts from generation to generation and that puts as little strain on our environment as possible. Making the best product matters for saving the planet.
Cause no unnecessary harm- Patagonia is aware of the problems in the textile industry and they are working steadily to change industry practices and share what they have learned. They are also looking not only for ways to do as little harm as possible, but also for ways to do more good.
Use business to protect nature - Nature has always been important to Patagonia and they want to make their products with this in mind. When they identify a problem, they act. Patagonia is also not afraid of the risks that must be taken to protect nature.
Not bound by convection - Patagonia's success and the fun of work is always based on evolving and trying new things.
From the beginning, Patagonia has always wanted to do everything differently from other textile companies and they have pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. Patagonia also guarantees everything it does and strives in everything it does to take into account its impact on the environment and the people behind their products. Patagonia is guided in everything by their motto:
"We're in business to save our home planet."
Patagonia, it’s factories or fabrics have also met the criteria for these certifications: