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Up with Down

Up with Down

Apr 23, 2008 April 23, 2008

Because the best down comes from mature geese and because the Eastern Europeans prefer older and larger geese, the best down tends to come from Eastern Europe. The down is harvested and then separated into different grades depending on the quality of down. Hit the jump for more… Read More

Photo: Tim Davis

Introducing “$20 Million & Change” and Patagonia Works – A Holding Company for the Environment

By Yvon Chouinard   |   May 15, 2013 May 15, 2013

Update: In 2013, we launched $20 Million & Change, an internal investment fund to help like-minded, responsible start-up companies that use business to address environmental problems. After investing well over $20 million, the fund was renamed Tin Shed Ventures, honoring the tin shed in which Yvon Chouinard started Patagonia. Please… Read More

Product Testing – New R1 & R2 at the top of Colorado

Product Testing – New R1 & R2 at the top of Colorado

By Old School   |   Dec 13, 2010 December 13, 2010

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our Athletes & Ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we'll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn't mean testing is over. Once a… Read More

Photo: Donnie Hedden

Creating Climate-Beneficial Fiber Systems

By Rebecca Burgess   |   May 3, 2016 May 3, 2016

How can we solve the climate crisis? The answer may exist beneath our feet, in the soil. Carbon is a finite resource that moves through soils, oceans, food, fibers and the atmosphere—and ancient carbon is fossilized in Earth’s core. There is no more carbon entering or leaving Earth—we are simply… Read More

The Lowdown on Down: An Update

The Lowdown on Down: An Update

Dec 5, 2011 December 5, 2011

In April 2011, we posted here a report on problems we’ve experienced sourcing down for our down clothing. As we mentioned, quality is not the problem. We’re proud of the down clothing we make. The designs are simple and beautiful, the fabrics are strong and… Read More

Above: Jon Bracey navigates the exit on Gemini, Ben Nevis, Scotland. Photo: Kristo Torgersen

Whiskey on the Rocks – Looking for answers in Scotland

By Kristo Torgersen   |   Apr 28, 2015 April 28, 2015

“It starts as rain or snow falling on Scotland’s highest mountain—Ben Nevis. Either as rain or melting snow it percolates the thin layer of peat soil until it reaches the granite rock and unable to penetrate it, runs under the surface until emerging in Coire Leish or Coire na… Read More

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