Patagonia: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [Corporate Conscious Wednesday]

During this wintery season, we typically buy new jackets, hats and scarves. But, do you know where you can buy warm apparel and still be socially responsible?? Patagonia! This week we have chosen to feature Patagonia as our Corporate Conscious Wednesday Winner.

Patagonia sells everything from apparel and accessories for men, women and kids to outdoor sports equipment. You can even purchase used Patagonia clothing!

If you visit their website http://www.patagonia.com/us/home, you will find an entire section dedicated to Environmentalism. There are many great things that Patagonia is doing for our environment, but one thing that really stood out to us was their dedication to the Common Threads Initiative, which fully embraces the reduce, reuse, recycle way of life.

Patagonia reduces by making useful gear that lasts a long time and encouraging consumers not to buy things from their store if they don’t really need it. They will even repair your Patagonia gear if anything needs to be fixed. Patagnoia reuses by helping your Patagonia gear find a new home if you no longer need it. Lastly, Patagonia recycles by taking back any gear that is worn out and pledges to keep it out of landfills. You can even purchase used Patagonia clothes if you’d like.

So what do you think of Patagonia? We would love to hear your thoughts!

10 CSR Organizations We Are Thankful For

We would like to take a moment to thank some special socially responsible organizations that make a difference each and every day.  Without their sustainability leadership and remarkable green initiatives, our world would surely be in trouble.

CSRwire(www.csrwire.com)  – The leading source of corporate social responsibility and sustainability news, reports, events and information.

TOMS (www.toms.com)  – With every pair your purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.

1% For the Planet (www.onepercentfortheplanet.org) – A growing global movement of 1,401 companies that donate 1% of their sales to a network of 2,708 environmental organizations worldwide.

GMIC (www.greenmeetings.info) – The premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry, not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards.

SHFT (www.shft.com) – Multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through video, design, art and culture.

Farm Sanctuary (www.farmsanctuary.org) – Works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

Recyclebank (www.recyclebank.com) – Rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses.

Taiga Company (www.taigacompany.com) – Sustainability consultants that seek to be the oxygen to your business.

Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org) –  Social enterprise that collects and recycles partially used soap from hotels to donate to organizations that provide aid to impoverished people around the world

TerraCycle (www.terracycle.net) –  Purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste by creating national recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste. Outsmart Waste.