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Through breakthrough product design and sustainable manufacturing practices, weโ€™re creating new ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
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RESPONSIBLE DOWN
All of our down-insulated products meet the Responsible Down Standard, a certification that recognizes best practices in animal welfare and verifies responsible sourcing across our supply chainโ€”from farm and raw material to processing and finished product.
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OUTDRY ECO
The Columbia OutDryโ„ข Extreme ECO Collection is our first waterproof-breathable rainwear made with no intentionally added PFCs.
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RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES
Knowing where our products come from, what they are made of, and how they are made helps ensure safe products and responsible conditions across our supply chain. Read more about our responsible practices on our corporate site and in the Corporate Responsibility Report.
EXPLORING CHANGE WITH OUTDRYโ„ข
Instead of using the same 40-year-old approach to building rainwear, we decided to start from scratch. In the process, we reinvented the category and developed a way to remove Perflourinated Compounds (PFCs) without degrading performance. The Columbia OutDryโ„ข Extreme ECO Collection is our first waterproof-breathable rainwear made with no intentionally added PFCs. The collection started with a rain jacket and now has expanded to insulated and down jackets, as well as running and hiking shoes. We use only the most sustainable and ethical materials available, including recycled materials derived from plastic bottles, dye-free fabric, and responsible down. OutDryโ„ข Extreme ECO showcases our commitment to exploring the planet with the smallest footprint possible. The Columbia OutDryโ„ข Extreme ECO Jacket is one of Columbiaโ€™s most recognized jackets, receiving awards like REIโ€™s prestigious Root Award. The Root Award recognizes the most innovative, responsibly designed new product of the year.
MATERIALS
We explore ways to design products efficiently so that they require fewer raw materials and components, use less water and energy to manufacture, and are safer for the environment.

bluesignยฎ MATERIALS

The bluesignยฎ system keeps chemicals of concern out of the manufacturing process. Implementing bluesignยฎ enables factories to operate more efficiently, reduce overall water consumption, and ensure products meet the strictest chemical safety requirements. As of 2017, 51% of strategic material vendors are bluesignยฎ certified.

Colored with Less Water

We use materials that are dyed without water or with significantly less water. In 2017, we saved 20.5 million gallons of water by choosing materials colored without water.

Down

Columbia is uses 100% Responsible Down Standard certified natural down based on Textile Exchangeโ€™s Responsible Down Standard. Committing to responsibly sourced down ensures the down we use in our products is obtained from animals that have not been subjected to unnecessary harm.

Leather

We sourced approximately 95% of leather used in our products from tanneries that are members of the Leather Working Group โ€” a multi-stakeholder group that develops and maintains a protocol to assess the compliance and environmental performance of tanners. The Leather Working Group also promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.