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Protecting Ecosystems and Brand Integrity: Scaling up Patagonia’s Commitment to the bluesign® Standard
Description/achievement of initiative

Patagonia commits to using bluesign approved materials in its product line.

Implementation methodologies

The bluesign® Standard sets “best practices” for the use of chemicals and resources – including water and energy – in the textile industry. Textile manufacturers who are bluesign® system partners agree to establish management systems to improve environmental performance in five key areas of the production process: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety. They regularly report their progress, are subject to on-site audits, and must meet improvement goals to maintain their status.

Patagonia became involved in promoting the bluesign® standard to their supply chain early on, and in 2007 became the first official bluesign® brand member. bluesign® approved fabrics currently comprise 15 percent of the total fabric used in Patagonia products the goal of this commitment is to increase that to 100%.

The funding of this commitment comes from Patagonia.

For more information, please redirect to the available website at, The Footprint Chronicle: Our Supply Chain, Patagonia

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Progress reports
To increase the percentage of bluesign approved fabrics and trims used in new apparel products to 100% by the Fall line.

Basic information
Time-frame: - 2015
Contact information
United Nations