Patagonia, Inc., the Californian outdoor gear and apparel company founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, is noted internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism. Incorporating environmental responsibility into product development, the company supports the ambitious mission statement: “To make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

Patagonia has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line and is using recycled materials in a growing number of products. In 2011, we launched the Common Threads Initiative, a partnership with our consumers focusing on 5 R’s - Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle and Re-imagine. The company also advocates corporate transparency through its interactive website, The Footprint Chronicles®, which outlines the environmental and social footprint of individual products. With its Environmental Grants Program, the company dedicates annually 1% of its sales to environmental protection.

In order to convince other companies to follow his path, Yvon Chouinard co-founded the 1% for the planet club in 2001, gathering about 1500 companies worldwide, all giving 1% of their sales to environmental groups.

Call for a mail order catalogue and stockists - there are over 70 in the UK. The website lists all stores.


Tel: +33 450 884 444


P.A.E. les Glaisins,
23 rue du Pré Faucon,

Key Words

Outdoor clothing, Responsible Company, Organic Cotton, E-fibers, Recycled Polyester

Memberships & Accreditations

1% For the planet club
EOCA (European Outdoor Conservation Alliance)
FLA (Fair Labour Association)

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Thursday, 19 June, 2014 - 07:36
Last Updated: 
Thursday, 19 June, 2014 - 07:36

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