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Sustainable by Design

Sustainability means acting ethically during every phase of a product’s lifecycle. Not only do we source non-virgin and alternative materials for our products, but we have taken concrete steps to ensure human rights are maintained throughout our supply chain. Additionally, we’re committed to creating all our products using repurposed, recycled, and responsible materials by 2025.

Sustainable Ethics

Sustainable Ethics

We’re proud to partner with factories around the globe, each of whom agrees to a rigorous code of conduct; completes an audit or relevant certification; and agrees to promote fair labor practices.

Our Supply Chain Commitments

We’re committed to addressing issues in the supply chain problems when they arise, and have made the following commitments to protecting human rights at all levels of our supply chain:

Committing to the UN Global Compact and Principles of Responsible Business
Conducting annual auditing and anonymous supplier surveys
Adopting the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Better Buying Guide
Providing direct grants to all workers in cut-and-sew factories to increase their well-being
Implementing a standard Code of Conduct

Our Factory Partners

Bataan, Philippines

Bataan, Philippines

Backpacks and Bags

Known for producing best-in-class technical items, this factory partners with us in reducing fabric waste through our Del Día products. Here’s how Del Día works: the factory collects unused materials produced by other brands in its facilities, and we turn those scraps into backpacks.

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Tianjin, China

Tianjin, China

Insulation & Outerwear

An independently owned factory with progressive and thoughtful leadership, this facility produces our jackets and insulation pieces. Beyond developing excellent products with responsibly sourced (RDS certified) down, the factory’s owner, George Huan, prioritizes the well-being of his workers through a variety of programs that are not found among most competitors.

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Chinnakarai, India

Chinnakarai, India

Logowear & Tees

This Fair Trade Certified™ factory produces our organic cotton t-shirts. Beyond meeting the rigorous social and environmental Fair Trade Certified factory audit standards, this factory’s leadership supports many worker-led initiatives.

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

Headwear

All of our headwear comes from Shanghai and is made in the first Fair Trade Certified factory in China. One of the most advanced and largest headwear manufacturers in the world, this partner leverages their position to advocate for the highest standards of corporate social responsibility.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Activewear

With over 45 years of technical design and manufacturing experience, this factory is a subsidiary of one of the most well-respected activewear manufacturers in the world. It produces all of Cotopaxi’s athleisure products and is a leader in community impact and sustainability.

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What We Do When Problems Arise

What We Do When Problems Arise

As a single Benefit Corporation, we are limited in our ability to move the needle on global human rights. We strive to remain vigilant and honest about the challenges we face, and we’re committed to dealing with those issues quickly and transparently. We discuss our findings and how we’re addressing them in an impact report we release each year.

Sustainable Materials

We design our products to be as waste mitigating as possible. Currently, 94% of our products contain repurposed, recycled, or responsible materials—what we call the Three R’s. Focusing on more eco-friendly materials limits our dependence on fossil fuels and diminishes waste. By 2025, we hope to make 100% of our products using at least one of the Three R’s.

Remnant

Remnant

All products in our (Re)Purpose™ Collection use remnant fabric, which is fabric left over from other companies’ larger production runs. That’s what makes our Del Día bags and Teca products one of a kind: they’re made of unused, high-quality nylon that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill—uniquely reassembled and given new life.

Recycled

Recycled

When we prioritize recycled fabrics in our design processes, it limits our dependence on fossil fuels for sourcing raw materials and reduces landfill usage. Our Teca Cálido Jackets; Amado, Abrazo, Teca fleeces; and our activewear contain recycled content.

Responsible

Responsible

We’re constantly seeking new ways to design our products in a more sustainable way. We use RDS-certified down in all our down jackets, including our Fuego and Solazo products. The cotton in our tees and other logowear is 100% certified organic. Our logowear and hats are made in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility.

Climate Neutral

We are Climate Neutral Certified, meaning we’ve successfully measured our emissions and have purchased vetted and verified carbon offsets to become carbon neutral. Just one more step in our goal to make a big impact with as small a footprint as possible.

Gear For Good™

Gear For Good™

We’re constantly looking to improve how we make our products. Our promise is that we’ll make the most durable gear we can in the most sustainable way we know how. With our revenues, we’ll work tirelessly to lift people out of extreme poverty. In short, your product will last and will make a lasting impact.