Why we’ve awarded Páramo Best Buy status – Tim Hunt, co-editor of Ethical Consumer magazine

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It’s rare to find a company like Páramo. We’ve been rating and ranking companies based on their ethics for over 25 years but not many ‘walk the walk’ in the way that Páramo do. Páramo’s ethics are embedded in every part of its business from products that are ‘designed not to become obsolete’ to the socially responsible factories in which garments are produced. That’s why we have awarded Páramo a Best Buy Label for its waterproof jackets and fleeces. Continue reading

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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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

Páramo Detox commitment

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Páramo’s detailed commitment as part of the Greenpeace Detox Programme:

DATE: 21 01 2016

In line with Páramo‘s long-term sustainability program Páramo recognizes the urgent need for:

  1. eliminating all releases of all hazardous chemicals1
  2. new responsible business models11 and resource stewardship; According to its approach based on prevention2 and the Precautionary Principle3 Páramo is committed to:
    1. zero discharges4 of all hazardous chemicals into the environment
    2. reducing and maintaining complete supply chain priority resource use within equitable and planetary limits associated with the making and using of all products Páramo produces and / or sells5 by no later than 01 January 2020.

    We recognize that to achieve this goal,

    • mechanisms for disclosure and transparency about the hazardous chemicals used in our global supply chains are important and necessary, and should be in line with the ‘Right to Know principle’6.
    • production and consumption business model changes, that revolutionise the design and systems of consumption and living , are required, including a system shift to more comprehensive Extended Producer Responsibility10 that is based on slow, closed loop, resource constrained and non toxic manufacturing.

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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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