Páramo wins Guardian Sustainable Business Award

David Bacci in PFC-free Páramo clothing on Ragni route of Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, January 2016

Páramo has been announced the winner of the ‘Bold Move’ category in the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016, recognising the importance and impact of the British clothing company’s sign-up to the Greenpeace Detox Commitment in January 2016.

In January 2016 Páramo became the first outdoor company to sign up to Greenpeace Detox commitment, leading the outdoor industry in ensuring hazardous, persistent pollutants are excluded from textile production. The resulting publicity from this sign-up was linked with professional climber, David Bacci, successfully summiting Fitz Roy in Patagonia wearing PFC-free Páramo clothing.

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Flight of the Swans – the big Flight prep

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There is nothing so magical as flight. If you’ve ever been asked what your preferred superpower would be, I bet it was high on your list. In September I will summon my inner superhero and begin the first ever attempt to follow the migration of Bewick’s swans from the air, flying 7,000km from the Russian Arctic back to Gloucestershire.

Unfortunately, I won’t have superpowers on my side. Instead I will be flying a paramotor – basically I will be dangling from a wing of fabric, with a propeller strapped to my back. Continue reading

Double first! Páramo comes out top among waterproof jacket brands – twice!

Páramo Quito Jacket in Snowdonia

Páramo Quito Jacket in Snowdonia

Páramo emerged at the top of an extensive list of waterproof jacket brands in independent surveys by two highly respected publications assessing performance and sustainability:

• Which? magazine asked consumers to rate their outdoor gear. Results based on over 2,300 responses rated waterproof jackets brands for Water Resistance, Breathability, Comfort, Durability, Fit and Warmth. Páramo, achieved an overall score of 93%, ahead of all other brands surveyed.

• Páramo was also ranked highest in Ethical Consumer’s guide to waterproof & insulated jackets. The Jan/ Feb 2016 issue places Páramo ahead of 16 other key outdoor brands for a range of sustainability measures and Páramo emerges as the ‘Best Buy’. Continue reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day at Miquelina

International Women's Day at Miquelina

International Women’s Day at Miquelina

Our partner, the Miquelina Foundation, celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2016 with their 270 employees. The Foundation has been a moving force for women’s rights in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, empowering at risk women to remove themselves from abusive and exploitative situations.

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Páramo Detox Commitment

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Greenpeace scientists taking samples to test for PFCs — Image: © Christian Breitler, Greenpeace

Páramo is the first Outdoor company to sign up to Greenpeace Detox commitment

Páramo leads the Outdoor Industry with our commitment to exclude hazardous and persistent pollutants from textile production. On 25th January 2016 at the ISPO trade show in Munich, Páramo publicly announced an important commitment to our customers and the planet. As part of the Greenpeace Detox programme, this commitment lays out the basis for excluding hazardous chemicals from production of all Páramo Outdoor products. Continue reading

Greenpeace Report: PFC pollution is everywhere. Páramo amongst few taking serious action.

Greenpeace’s latest report “Footprints in the Snow” finds that perfluorinated chemical (PFC) pollution is so widespread it can be found in the world’s most remote places. It also names Páramo amongst a very small number of outdoor clothing brands to have eliminated these hazardous chemicals from its production.

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Ethiopia Rocks

Sun, dust, rock, wildlife and cries of Farenji!

Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, it is the oldest African independent country and it is 4.6 times larger than the UK. It covers 1.13 million km², and has the second largest population of any African country. It’s a country of extremes, with the fertile Omo Valley in the South, with an average annual rainfall of 1134mm, (in 2013 the UK’s average annual rainfall was 1091mm). The Danakil Depression in the North is –125m below sea level and one of the hottest places on earth, while Ras Dashen (the highest mountain in Ethiopia), is 4550m above sea level (just 260m below Mont Blanc). These differing weather conditions mean that it’s a great place for our Ethiopia Rocks 2014 team to test out the new Páramo Enduro and Ventura fleeces and windproofs, as although we saw some very hot weather, we also came across cool evenings, shady crags and rain showers. Continue reading