Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia grew from a small company that made tools for climbers, to now being one of the most influential companies in the world. They are in business to save our home planet by building the best quality gear that is designed to last and by causing no unnecessary harm throughout their manufacturing process. They are a company not bound by convention - continually innovating and finding new ways to do things. Patagonia use their business to protect nature, the environments and the places we hold dear. They embrace risk and act to protect and restore the stability, integrity, and beauty of the web of life.