Patagonia grew out of a small company that made tools for climbers. Alpinism remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still makes clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. These are all silent sports. None requires a motor; none delivers the cheers of a crowd. In each sport, reward comes in the form of hard-won grace and moments of connection between us and nature.
Patagonia's mission statement is: "Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis."
Patagonia thrives off of a love of the wild and beautiful places. With a growing love for these places comes an ever-growing demand to participate in the fight to save them. Patagonia strives to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. Since 1985, Patagonia donates at least 1% of sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world who help reverse the tide. In 2016 on Black Friday, Patagonia donated 100% of sales to these organizations that work constantly and passionately at creating a positive change for the planet.
Patagonia works incredibly hard to create a quality product while also reducing the pollution they create as a by-product. They use recycled polyester in many of their clothes and only organic, rather than pesticide-intensive cotton.
Staying true to their core values during forty-plus years in business has helped Patagonia create a company they are proud to run and work for. Their focus on making the best products possible has brought them success in the marketplace.