Patagonia was one of the first to do capitalism with a conscience.
Between eco-conscious fabrics, responsible manufacturing, regenerative agriculture support, repair programs, and the option to buy/sell used Patagonia gear, this Certified B Corp (California’s very first, actually) gives back.
That means every purchase from their massive catalog of sustainable outdoor clothing not only helps you get into the outdoors, but also helps protect it.
Patagonia’s Community & Charitable Initiatives
Patagonia has undoubtedly inspired other brands on this list—not least because they founded 1% for the Planet.
They go far beyond typical clothing companies that donate to nonprofits.
In the words of founder Yvon Chouinard:
“Nature is the salve for our souls. We owe it to everyone who comes after us and ourselves, to protect what little is left of wild nature on planet Earth.”
In fact, Chouinard recently changed Patagonia’s business dealings so that all voting stock is given to a “purpose trust” that seeks to continually improve their practices, and all non-voting stock goes to the non-profit Holdfast Collective and its mission to combat climate change.
So while not exactly a non-profit clothing brand, they come pretty close.
With an unfaltering commitment to the planet and belief that real change is possible with grassroots momentum, they fund environmental groups who fight for inclusivity, justice, action, and public involvement through their Patagonia Grants Program.
They also get everyday folks involved in environmental action groups through their Action Works program.