Making A Difference In Our Planet
Pendleton Social Responsibility
Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest reminds us every day of our responsibility as stewards of the land. Both our Washougal, Washington, and Pendleton, Oregon, mills are operated with a strong commitment toward building a quality product while protecting our environment. To that end, our mills strive to take advantage of new environmental techniques and technologies. Rapidly renewable and uniquely sustainable, wool is the ultimate natural fiber. Our goal is to manufacture and weave wool in ways that leave the smallest possible footprint on the earth. We are committed to the following principles:
Exceed regulatory compliance
Use sustainable fibers, especially wool
Continually reduce water and energy usage through better technology
Evaluate our processes and inputs
Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool®
For a century, we've woven wool a natural, renewable resource. Today our pioneering spirit and respect for the environment have inspired us to weave Pendleton Eco-Wise Wool. This unique fabric meets our high quality standards while further reducing our footprints on the earth. Because it can be recycled or composted, it is certified as a Cradle to CradleCM biological nutrient by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), a respected firm dedicated to promoting sustainable production. These fabrics meet the C2C protocol using inputs that are carefully screened for toxicity, biodegradability and other criteria
We have expanded the offering of Pendleton Eco-Wise Wools to apparel for men and women. Our aim is to build on this exciting development of beautiful and environmentally friendly fabric and continue to make significant improvements to our manufacturing as new technologies become available.
All Pendleton facilities encourage and practice responsible environmental stewardship. Purchasing recycled products is a significant component of the larger recycling program. We continue to seek packaging for our products that is environmentally sound. In 2009 we introduced new oxo-biodegradable packaging for Home products that is compostable and recyclable, releasing only water, carbon dioxide and oxygen.
Our corporate office has been Recycle at Work Certified by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. We recycle it all paper, plastic and cans and proudly display the seal that acknowledges our efforts toward recycling and waste prevention action.