Cotopaxi (koh-toh-PAHK-see) in Ecuador, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, played an important role in the life of our founder Davis. The mountain's glacial streams, wild llamas and countless trails awakened in him the spirit of adventure and gratitude that eventually inspired him to found Cotopaxi.
Why the llama?
These headstrong herd animals live in some of the harshest regions of the Andes. They are hardy, sociable, loyal, curious and eccentric - just like us.
How we make a difference
Giving is core to our model. We tie our earnings to impact by allocating 1% of annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation. Through our foundation, we award multi-year grants to outstanding nonprofit partners like the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Mercy Corps, and Nothing But Nets—organisations .
We equip the curious to adventure out and build a more equitable world
We focus on empowering communities in Latin America through health care, education, and livelihood. We allocate 1% of our revenue to the Cotopaxi Foundation, which supports nonprofits, including the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and United to Beat Malaria. To ensure our giving is effective, we use double-blind studies and proven methodologies.
ETHICALLY & SUSTAINABLY
People & Planet
As a certified carbon neutral company, we think holistically about environmental and social sustainability. Since our biggest negative impacts occur within our supply chain, we strive to work with factories that treat people right. We also choose repurposed, recycled, or responsible materials, with a goal of using “the Three Rs” in every product by 2025.
Force for Good
As a certified B Corporation, we use the power of business for social, environmental, and economic good. When you support B Corps, you take part in a global initiative to do business in a better way.
We design our products to create as little waste as possible. Today, 94% of our products contain repurposed, recycled, or responsible materials—what we call the “Three Rs.” These materials help us limit our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce waste. By 2025, we plan to use the Three Rs in all of our products.
Everything in our (Re)Purpose®Collection uses fabric left over from other companies' production runs. This reduces the environmental impact of sourcing new fabric. Repurposed materials are what make our Del Día bags one-of-a-kind and our Teca layers limited-edition.
When we prioritize recycled materials rather than raw materials in our designs, we limit our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce landfill usage. Our Teca Cálido Jackets, several of our fleece, our Cada Día bags, our Capa jackets, and our activewear all contain recycled materials.
We define "responsible" as a material with a third-party sustainability designation, like Fair Trade Certified™or Global Organic Textile Standard. We use cruelty-free Responsible Down Standard-certified insulation in all our down jackets, and most of our logowear and hats are made in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility.
Guaranteed for Good™
Built To Last. Sustainably Sourced. Ethically Made.
We make exceptional outdoor gear so that we can make a difference in the world. Our social impact strategy focuses on global poverty alleviation, and we strive to employ responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices throughout our supply chains.