The reason why we won’t face up to our problems with the environment is that we are the problem. It’s not the corporations out there, it’s not the governments, it’s us. We’re the ones telling the corporations to make more stuff, and make it as cheap and as disposable as possible. We’re not citizens anymore. We’re consumers. That’s what we’re called…We’re in denial that each and every one of us is the problem. And until we face up to that, nothing’s going to happen. So, there’s a movement for simplifying your life: purchase less stuff, own a few things that are very high quality that last a long time, and that are multifunctional.” ― Yvon Chouinard

Tomorrow, we introduce new reclaimed down accessories that are an extension of the Reclaimed Down Scarf (crafted from upcycled Patagonia down jackets) that we have offered since 2014. Check back on the Journal and tomorrow. Endlessly inspired by Patagonia’s mission, values, and sense of responsibility to the planet, this week we take a deeper look at the company and other sustainable collaborations they are a part of.

About Patagonia:

Company History

Patagonia’s Environmental & Social Responsibility  

Patagonia: An Examined Life

Patagonia Action Works

An interview with Jill Dumain on the Journal

Patagonia’s Sustainable Collaborations:

SUGA: Yoga mats made from recycled wetsuits

Upcycle It Now: Pouches, rucksacks, and pet coats crafted from discarded rain shells

FairEnds: Baseball caps made from Patagonia’s leftover fabric

Ecologic Designs: Drink cozies and eyewear cases crafted from upcycled wetsuits

Enjoy Handplanes: Handplanes (used by body surfers) that are “handmade with love out of other people’s trash.”

Alabama Chanin: Reclaimed Down Scarf created from repurposed Patagonia down jackets

In Alabama: Alabama Environmental Council

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