Increasingly we are stocking more and more equipment and clothing that has its values deeply embedded in prioritising people, planet and purpose. This doesn’t mean manufacturers are sacrificing performance to meet these values more that you can feel better about your purchase – we call it ‘Feel Good Gear’. ‘Feel Good’ because you can wear it in the knowledge that you are minimising your impact on the planet and in some cases helping people in the process.
We don’t pretend that this gear will change the problems of our planet overnight but we recognise it’s a step in the right direction. We can and will always aim to do as much as possible to help protect the environment and take our social and environmental responsibility seriously.
As you browse our site lookout for the ‘sustainability’ filter on the left-hand column to filter your selection by terms explained in more detail here:
Recycled: Patagonia first made a fleece from recycled plastic bottles in 1993, since then more and more brands have been ‘recycling rubbish’ to make the high-performance clothing and equipment that we all love to rely on in the outdoors.
Responsible Down Standard: The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. It is an independent, voluntary global standard, which means that companies can choose to certify their products to the RDS, even if there is no legislation requiring them to do so.
Fairtrade: The Fair Trade movement seeks to promote greater equality in international trading partnerships through, better conversations, transparency of actions and respect for everyone involved.
Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals, leaving the soil, air and water free from contaminants that cause harm. Organic cotton produces around 46% less CO2e compared to conventional cotton. It also uses far less water to grow since organic cotton growers typically utilise rain far more than irrigation.
Bluesign Approved: Bluesign is a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work in and everyone to live in. Powered by a holistic approach, Bluesign traces each textile’s path along the manufacturing process, making improvements at every stage from the factory floor to finished product.
Vegan: Vegan products are made without the use of animal-derived elements and by abstaining from any animal exploitation.
Fair Wear Foundation: The FWF Code of Labour Practices contains eight elements, which are based on the United Nations and International Labour Organization principles: Employment is freely chosen There is no discrimination in employment No exploitation of child labour Freedom of association & the right to collective bargaining Payment of a living wage No excessive working hours Safe & healthy working conditions Legally-binding employment relationship FWF regularly verifies the implementation of these labour practices through factory audits and worker interviews both onsite and offsite and through annual ‘Brand Performance Checks’ which assess how well each member’s management policies support the Code of Labour Practices. FWF publicly reports on the progress of member companies towards the implementation of the Code elements.
BPA Free: BPA Free products have been made without the Bisphenol A compound. BPA is a substance of high concern due to its properties as an endocrine disruptor in humans but it also has a negative impact on wildlife by affecting reproduction and impairing development.
PVC Free: PVC-free products are products that have been made without the use of harmful polyvinyl chloride plastics (PVC). PVC plastic is amongst one of the most toxic substances saturating our planet. By moving to more environmentally friendly alternatives it is possible to vastly reduce the negative effects it has on wildlife, nature and human health.
PFC Free: Extensive research has been successful in finding a way of adding water repellency to products without the use of harmful PFCs making products that still offer excellent wet weather performance but are better for the environment. PFC (perfluorinated chemicals) have long been used to add water repellent properties to technical fabrics. Unfortunately, once released into the environment, they break down very slowly and thus PFC traces were found in rivers, glaciers and nearby production factories.
Bioplastics: Plastics that are made from plants or other biological materials other than petroleum are known as bioplastics or bio-based plastics.