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Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference

Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference

Oct 12, 2009 October 12, 2009

Every other year, Patagonia hosts what it calls a “Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference.” The conference originates in Patagonia’s desire to do more than write checks to environmental organizations. It’s something between a tribal gathering and a business seminar. The ways in which activists confront and publicize… Read More

Photo: Amy Kumler

The Next Bentley

By Dave Rastovich   |   May 17, 2017 May 17, 2017

Australian democracy is facing a serious problem: New anti-protest laws in states around the country that are designed to advance the interests of resource companies over the rights of the community and the environment. And that’s just the start. In April 2014, near the headwaters of the Richmond River at… Read More

Let’s Bring Back Repair

Let’s Bring Back Repair

By Annie Leonard   |   Apr 12, 2012 April 12, 2012

A few years ago I bought a cheap portable radio for $4.99 to listen to the news while I walk to work. Soon after, one of the earphone buds broke. No problem, I thought – I’ll just fix it using parts from my drawer of other broken electronics. No such… Read More

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN – Industry reps fear organic garden

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN – Industry reps fear organic garden

By Patagonia   |   Apr 13, 2009 April 13, 2009

The industry in question is the agroindustrial genetically manipulated monocrop chemicalification conglomerate. It’s a mouthful, which is why folks in this business like to refer to themselves as representatives of “conventional agriculture,” companies like Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Crop Protection. Let’s leave aside for a moment the fact that… Read More

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

By greenewsurfer   |   Feb 18, 2011 February 18, 2011

Building an environmentally conscious hiking boot that’s also a top performer is no easy task. Design and construction are complex; so is the supply chain. As Backpacker magazine put it: “Boots are the most complex gear in our kit, with numerous components – fabrics, leathers, soles, shanks,… Read More

Photo: Jeff Foott

Man Gives U.S. Wild Utah for Christmas

By localcrew   |   Jan 5, 2009 January 5, 2009

Idealists are frequently told that “hope” is not a strategy. Perhaps not, but it breeds inspiration, and inspiration is nothing if not the mother of the marvelous. And hope and inspiration together . . . Why, don’t they create the foundation upon which all great strategies are formed? On… Read More

Breakin’ the Law – Practicing Illegal Recycling

Breakin’ the Law – Practicing Illegal Recycling

Apr 30, 2008 April 30, 2008

It's with a heavy heart that we discovered something about ourselves this morning. The realization was a simple one: we're a bunch of lawbreaking crooks. Activist supporters? Sure. Guilty as charged. But criminals? We have no doubt supported a number of activists whose direct-action approach has landed them in… Read More

Photo: Michael Hanson

Why Voting is Not a Waste of Time

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Sep 12, 2016 September 12, 2016

In the United States, only 60 percent of eligible citizens bothered to vote in the last presidential election. Of those, many voted only for president and left the rest of the ballot blank. #VoteOurPlanet Register to vote, sign up for election reminders, become involved at your local level and share… Read More

Getting There: A Journey Toward Greener Driving

Getting There: A Journey Toward Greener Driving

Nov 1, 2007 November 1, 2007

[Ed note:  This is the first of a three-part post from former Patagonia employee Matt Hunt. Matt was kind enough to share the details of his conversion of a Toyota Land Cruiser using Patagonia’s alternative transportation incentive plan. Read on for an inside look at one man’s eco-fueled automotive quest.]… Read More

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