Today, Patagonia release a short animated film to show people the realities of conventional down sourcing. Heading into winter, our goal is to help people understand where their goose down comes from. Down is a byproduct of the meat industry. Without safeguards to assure animal welfare, it can be a little scary. This film is designed to put this issue at top of mind.
Investing in Our Oceans' Health
Bureo turns derelict plastic fishing nets collected along the coast of Chile into high-quality skateboard decks – with plans to go global
Millions of tons of plastic enter our oceans each year. According to the United Nations, old fishing gear accounts for more than 10% of plastic pollution. Fishing is a global industry and this is a global issue – it leads to major degradation of our ocean ecosystems.
We’re excited to announce today a seed investment in Bureo Inc., a company that has established a fishing net collection and recycling program along the coast of Chile – transforming the waste into sustainable skateboard decks.
Bureo’s innovative skateboards are manufactured in Chile through their program called “Net Positiva,” which provides fisherman with environmentally sound fishing net disposal and Bureo with highly recyclable and durable raw materials.
And they’re not stopping along the Chilean coast. Bureo is working collaboratively with a wide range of organizations to build a global fishing net collection coalition with the goal of turning this huge source of plastic pollution into a net benefit (pun intended).
“Bureo is not your typical startup – they’ve invented an incredible recycling program by rallying the fishing industry in Chile to turn plastic ocean waste into a great product,” said Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario. “We’re investing in Bureo’s vision to scale their business to a global level and make a serious dent in the amount of plastic that gets thrown away in our oceans.”
Patagonia’s investment comes through its $20 Million & Change fund, which we launched in 2013 to help innovative, like-minded startups bring about solutions to the environmental crisis and other positive change through business. Or, in Yvon’s words, to help entrepreneurs and innovators succeed in “working with nature rather than using it up.”
Check out our video featuring Bureo’s three founders – David Stover, Ben Kneppers and Kevin Ahearn – below.
Patagonia is providing critical seed financing to Bureo, which previously received support from Start-Up Chile (a program of the Chilean government) and IDEA, Northeastern University’s venture accelerator. Bureo Inc. is a pending B Corporation based in Los Angeles and a 1% for the Planet member.
“Our goal was to create a sustainable business model, relying on the success of our products to expand our social and environmental impact,” said Bureo Director David Stover. “We are fortunate for this opportunity to work with Patagonia, a partner aligned with our vision, and receive an investment from their $20 Million & Change fund.“
Bureo is a contributing member of a growing community of organizations combating the issues of derelict fishing gear, working collaboratively to expand relationships with non-profits and create new inroads with existing plastic collection programs around the globe.
“The challenges facing the ocean environment on a global scale are complex, with plastic pollution representing a major threat” said Bureo Director & Environmentalist Ben Kneppers. “We are working to find solutions through positive products, such as our cruiser skateboard, to shed light on the beauty of the natural environment and inspire others to find solutions of their own. We know that by joining efforts with others we can make the difference we are working towards.”
By securing raw materials through “Net Positiva,” Bureo has developed a custom resin formula for construction of signature Bureo fish shaped skateboards characterized by a distinctive fish scale gripping pattern, swallow tails and a unique locking system.
“We set out to make an inspiring product by incorporating sustainable design and innovative features, and making a board that everyone would enjoy riding. We want to show people that this material isn’t a burden or a waste, but an incredible raw material with great potential for upcycling,” said Bureo Director and Designer Kevin Ahearn. Bureo recently launched their boards in select U.S. retail locations and online.
More information about Bureo is available at www.bureoskateboards.com.
For more information about Patagonia’s $20 Million & Change fund, click here.
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David Stover, Bureo / email@example.com
VENTURA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Patagonia today announced a $13 million tax equity investment in solar power for Hawai‘i – joining with local solar finance company Kina‘ole Capital Partners, LLC to create a new fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar energy systems in Hawai‘i, where homeowners currently pay three times the U.S. average price for electricity.
Patagonia today announced the addition of Corey Simpson to its Ventura-based public relations team as PR & Communications Coordinator. In this role, Corey will work closely with Adam Fetcher and Jess Clayton to engage with a wide range of media about Patagonia's key product, environmental and brand stories. Corey brings to the role a deep knowledge of Patagonia, its products and its culture – having worked in the company’s Learning & Development Department for several years. His face will likely be familiar to much of the outdoor industry media, as Corey has also been supporting the PR team with line showings at the Outdoor Retailer trade show for the past two seasons. Corey has a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara and is an avid outrigger paddler, skier and runner. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today Patagonia is launching a new collection called Truth to Materials - a capsule collection containing seven styles which explore radical new methods of manufacturing, born from a desire to reimagine the first stage of a product’s life: the source of raw materials. Each piece is made from reclaimed or alternatively sourced fabrics -- Men's Undyed Cashmere Snap-T Pullover, Women's Undyed Cashmere Cardigan, Men's Reclaimed Cotton Hoody, Women's Reclaimed Cotton Crew, Men's Reclaimed Wool Jacket, Women's Reclaimed Wool Parka, and the Reclaimed Down Scarf.
Nano-Air™ Hoody and Jacket offer unprecedented stretch plus breathability and are insulated with FullRange™ insulation - a Patagonia exclusive that will change the way we dress for the mountains.
PATAGONIA PARTNERS WITH ARTISTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BRING ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS TO MIDTERM ELECTIONS
“Vote the Environment” campaign uses art to inspire youth awareness about environmental issues at stake on Election Day
Today we released our “Environmental & Social Initiatives 2014” book that details the steps we took over the last year toward becoming more environmentally and socially responsible. We are excited to highlight our growing support for grassroots environmental organizations around the world.
Patagonia was mentioned in The Wall Street Journal article titled "Companies Boost Startup Spending" focusing on the growing trend of Venture Capital funds.
We'd like to call your attention to a new ad we're running for the next iteration of Patagonia’s plant-based Yulex wetsuit for Fall/Winter 2014 in select publications this fall.
The ad states: WE HAVE THE BEST WEED IN TOWN (and we’re giving it away)
Patagonia’s promotion of Yulex is the latest example of its unusual commitment to advancing sustainability, sometimes at the expense of its bottom line. It introduced organically grown cotton into its products in the 1990s, pushing ahead even though it lost customers and money on the transition. It has rejiggered its corporate structure so it can count success in factors that benefit the public, like helping the environment, rather than simply maximizing profit, without the fear of being sued by potential investors.
We opened a new store on July 23 in Marunouchi, Tokyo -- Japan’s central gathering place of a wide array of companies and businesspeople. Click through to see images.
We launched a brand new Patagonia.com in the past week. In a few words, the new site provides our customers with a really beautiful, streamlined experience on any device – getting people closer to the sports they love and giving a more transparent look at the factories where their gear is made. Below, I’ve described a few more key features – definitely let me know if you’re interested in more information. Best thing to do is just give it a rip!
FROM THE CLEANEST LINE: Patagonia's Plastic Packaging – A study on the challenges of garment delivery
We invite you to read here about our progress in examining this area of our distribution process and how we’re working through potential ways to lessen our impact going forward, while making sure our products reach you undamaged.
Ventura, Calif. (July 8, 2014) – Patagonia today launched the award-winning documentary film DamNation on iTunes and through several On Demand services. DamNation is a film odyssey that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
In case you haven’t heard the news, I want to call your attention to a major, hard-won environmental victory yesterday, with the Chilean government's cancellation of environmental permits for the HidroAysén five-dam power project that threatened Patagonia's free-flowing Baker and Pascua Rivers. We congratulate the Chilean people for their victory.
“DamNation” Premiere Screening in Washington, D.C., Brings Together Media and Political Leaders, Filmmakers and Chef David Chang of Momofuku
On June 5, Patagonia will host a special Washington, D.C., screening of DamNation, an award-winning documentary film odyssey that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
Don't miss it! The New York Times published an op-ed by Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder and DamNation executive producer, calling for the removal of low value, high cost, "deadbeat dams." Read the piece here.
Watch the DamNation trailer, download the film on Vimeo and learn more about this growing movement by visiting www.damnationfilm.com.
PATAGONIA INVESTS IN EFFICIENT TEXTILE PROCESSING COMPANY CO2NEXUS THROUGH $20 MILLION & CHANGE FUND
Cutting-edge startup provides enhanced cleaning platform using zero water & less energy
Campaign aims to demystify fly fishing – making it more accessible by offering simple gear, easy techniques and basic teachings for all ages and skill levels.