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This illustration by Matt Blease appears in full in the Patagonia August 2019 Gear Guide.

Recycling Is Broken. Now What?

By Michele Bianchi   |   Aug 14, 2019 August 14, 2019

Patagonia is no stranger to the difficulty of throwing stuff away. We take back 100 percent of the gear you return for recycling through our Worn Wear program. In 2018, we recycled 6,797 pounds of products. But we can’t recycle or repair everything you send us. Some… Read More

Photo: Nadine Lehner

Paving the Brooks Range

By Nadine Lehner   |   Sep 19, 2017 September 19, 2017

“We were so hungry, we licked the margarine wrappers.” In the summer of 1975, my father and his two brothers loaded into an old truck and headed for Alaska, a fabled land for a teenage troupe of New England climbers. A mentor had shown them a faded photograph of the… Read More

The best ones aren't huggable--or so says Deb MacKillop. “As a forester, it’s handy to know the length of your limbs,” she says. “They make great measuring tools.” Leah Evans gives some love and follows Deb's example while skiing among the red cedars of interior BC. Photo: Garrett Grove

Treeline: A Story Written in Rings

By Laura Yale   |   Nov 29, 2018 November 29, 2018

Quietly, patiently, trees endure. They are the oldest living beings we come to know during our time on earth, living bridges into our planet’s expansive past. Treeline is a film celebrating the forests on which our species has always depended—and around which some skiers and snowboarders etch their entire lives. Read More

It's not hard to see why Cochamó Valley is often compared to Yosemite. Photo: Drew Smith

Coming to Bat for Cochamó

By Chris Kalman   |   Oct 5, 2018 October 5, 2018

What can I say about Cochamó that hasn’t already been said of a thousand other places before? It’s beautiful, it’s magical, it’s special? How about this: We haven’t messed it up yet. There are lots of beautiful, magical, special places in the world. What we humans tend to do when… Read More

Built in 1959, the Idbar Dam cracked soon after its construction. Investors and construction crews had ignored multiple warnings from the locals not to underestimate the force of the Bašćica, a river known to be unpredictable and fast-flowing. Idbar was decommissioned soon after it was constructed, when the river began fracturing the dam, allowing the Bašćica to flow freely again. Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Andrew Burr

One Year for the Blue Heart of Europe

By Lisa Rose   |   Jun 20, 2019 June 20, 2019

The Vjosa River flows 270 kilometers without barriers from the Pindus Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. It’s one of many rivers in the Balkans that are under threat by a tidal wave of more than 2,800 new hydropower dam projects. In March 2018, Patagonia joined grassroots groups and regional community… Read More

Photo: Drew Smith

Our Urgent Gift to the Planet

By Rose Marcario, CEO   |   Nov 28, 2018 November 28, 2018

Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet. Our home planet needs it more than we do. Our home planet is… Read More

How to Prevent Oil Spills

How to Prevent Oil Spills

By Rick Ridgeway   |   Jun 8, 2015 June 8, 2015

When the oil hit our pristine Santa Barbara beaches in 1969, I remember feeling shocked. We walked the beaches in a kind of haze, scraping up tar without HAZMAT suits or even gloves. The devastation was enormous and we were heartbroken. Forty-five years later, Californians have made progress in… Read More

Among the sacred sites Bears Ears National Monument is intended to preserve are these Pueblo cliff dwellings and granaries (for storing maize) on Comb Ridge, Utah. Photo: Josh Ewing

Hey, How’s That Lawsuit Against the President Going?

By Patagonia   |   Apr 9, 2019 April 9, 2019

Glad you asked … and if you aren’t already aware, in December 2017, President Trump issued a proclamation slashing Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, 100 miles to the west of Bears Ears, by half. In an unprecedented response, we joined… 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

Photo: Colin McCarthy

We Have Work to Do

By Colin McCarthy   |   Dec 27, 2016 December 27, 2016

It’s cold. The snow hasn’t come yet but it’s really, really cold. I’m in my long johns, getting ready for bed, brushing my teeth (and shivering) in the front seat of the borrowed van we drove from California. Saxon and I are talking through the action we attended earlier today,… Read More

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