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In 1987, a barge named Mobro carried 3,100 tons of Islip Town and New York City trash at sea for over two months and about 6,000 miles, looking for a dumpsite. Thirty-two years later, the large problem of where to ship it all continues. Photo: Dennis Capolongo

Letter from Tuscany (Where We Get Our Used Wool)

By Madalina Preda   |   Aug 28, 2019 August 28, 2019

Silvia Micheloni cuts the plastic straps binding a bale of compacted used wool clothes that have already been sorted by color—today, she’s working through the greens. As she snips the last strap, dark green fabric of different shapes and sizes spills onto the factory floor. Her son Gabriele sprays them… Read More

“I was just about to get speared when Tom Hannagan, from Friends of Ironwood Forest, whipped out a metal comb he always carries with him to brush cactus barbs away. We had the best time there with Tom and Dave Barker from Friends. We laughed a lot, and their love of the area and the time they spent hiking with us made it a really memorable trip.” —Maya Nerenberg, Size and Fit Specialist. Photo: Geoff Holstad

Designers at Work

By Malcolm Johnson   |   Jul 30, 2019 July 30, 2019

Lately, the future of America’s public lands has been very much on our minds. There’s been a bit of good news, but mostly no end to the threats to public lands and waters and disruptive changes coming out of Washington, DC. Read More

In front of a jump-off rock aptly named Life and Death, Dan Ross puts a new 5'9

Open Ocean, Open Mind

By Sean Doherty   |   Jun 24, 2019 June 24, 2019

At Fletcher Chouinard Designs, the focus is on durable, high-performing equipment that lets you have fun no matter what the ocean is doing. There are never enough hours in a day for Fletcher Chouinard. As a surfer, shaper, kiteboarder and new father, he was really doing the dance. Then along… Read More

Growing hemp is easy. This fibrous plant needs no pesticides or irrigation and requires low quantities of fertilizer. But turning hemp into fabric is a complicated task that requires an expertise American farmers will need to regain. Photo: Lloyd Belcher

Hemp Is Back

By Diane French   |   May 1, 2019 May 1, 2019

It’s hard not to notice the hype around hemp today. Pick up any lifestyle magazine, enter a pharmacy, talk to a health-food store employee or just the person next to you in yoga class—at some point you’ll learn about its miraculous powers. In particular, near-unbelievable claims swirl around cannabidiol, or… Read More

Alex Yoder surfing a snowy swell. Hokkaido, Japan. Photo: Garrett Grove

Re-Psychled

By Patagonia   |   Nov 19, 2018 November 19, 2018

Before we could challenge the snow industry to move to recycled materials, we had to change our thinking, too. There are a number of ways to reduce a garment’s impact, but none more significant than making it out of recycled fabric. Doing so keeps material out of landfills and cuts… Read More

We blended recycled wool with micro polyester for a technical fabric that’s lightweight, quick-drying, and soft on the skin. Photo: Tim Davis

Introducing Woolyester

By Kristina Johnson Avery   |   Sep 12, 2018 September 12, 2018

Three years ago, we set out to make a new fleece fabric using natural fibers that were light on the land. Our inspiration came from an old sweater, a weather-beaten merino pullover worn by founder Yvon Chouinard in Patagonia’s early days. It had all the properties that have made wool… Read More

Photo: Chris Brown

Baggies Shorts Throughout the Years

By Patagonia   |   Jun 1, 2018 June 1, 2018

In the book Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography, long-time contributor and friend to many of us at Patagonia, John Russell, said in an interview, “For me, photography is all about two things, light and relationships.” Beautiful lighting is something you’ll find in any good photo. Read More

After hard crimping right off the glacier, Kate Rutherford sinks her fingers into the climbing above. Pointe Adolphe Rey, Chamonix, France. Photo: Bernd Zeugswetter

Sometimes More Than a Game

By Kelly Cordes   |   Mar 19, 2018 March 19, 2018

When I think about climbing, I don’t think about summits. I see serrated ridgelines rising and falling between earth and sky, and sunlight slipping between spires, casting the shadows of giants onto rubble-strewn rivers of ice below, curving, moving, bending with the passage of time. I remember my partners and… Read More

Mike Wood is the co-founder of Su Salmon Co. and the volunteer president of the Susitna River Coalition. Photo: Travis Rummel

Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.

By Ryan Peterson   |   Mar 13, 2018 March 13, 2018

Mike Wood’s last name is a wholly appropriate coincidence of birth. He’s got a fetish for the stuff. When building his off-the-grid log home masterpiece on the banks of Alaska’s Susitna River, he’d range out into the surrounding boreal forest, select each perfect tree, hug it at the chest in… Read More

Patagonia material developer Kristin Umscheid studies PlumaFill’s potential at the Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, California. Photo: Kyle Sparks

It All Adds Up to Nothing: Forging The Micro Puff

By Patagonia   |   Feb 27, 2018 February 27, 2018

At Patagonia, our best ideas come from being in the field. But sometimes simple problems inspire complex solutions. That’s been the case with the development of insulation. Down gets wet and loses its heat-trapping loft, and synthetics never quite achieve the same warmth, lightness or compressibility as down plumes. We’ve… Read More

Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy

Farmer and Agronomist: Heather Darby

By Patagonia   |   Feb 8, 2018 February 8, 2018

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the… Read More

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