Words by Rebecca Marriage
You might have heard of the small, outdoor brand Páramo, the best kept secret of mountain professionals. It’s possible you know about their greener than green eco-credentials. But, it’s almost certain you won’t have heard how their manufacturing process has been helping to save the lives of thousands of women and children in war-torn Colombia.
Páramo’s USP is that their jackets keep you warm and dry in the cold and wet without damaging the environment. The brand is a long-term favourite of mountain rescue teams, the British Antarctic Survey and Greenpeace campaigners, who wore Páramo during their data collection for the seminal Footprints in the Snow report on the use of toxic PFCs in outdoor clothing.
“Páramo were the first outdoors company to sign up to the Greenpeace Detox agreement.”
In fact, they have been leading the march on environmental issues for almost 25 years. Being reassuringly PFC-free, they were the first outdoors company to sign up to the Greenpeace Detox agreement and are committed to increasing the longevity of their garments through recycling and repair. All of which has delivered them a loyal, almost cult following in the outdoors market.