A Heritage of
Royal and his wife Liz were iconic Sierra Nevada rock climbers during the 1960s. They were part of a scrappy band of climber/philosophers and were powerful advocates of clean climbing. They embraced a set of practices and techniques that enabled them to climb big walls with little, or no damage, to the rock. The Robbins’ approach to climbing is literal representation of their deep respect for the natural world.
As a company, Royal Robbins’ commitment to the environment and social responsibility stems from our founder’s origins and extends to all aspects of our business. The company grew out of a passion for building clothing that could stand up to the Robbins’ adventurous lifestyle. We honor Royal and Liz’s vision by doing things the right way. Honoring and protecting the outdoor environment remains at the heart of our business.
Our approach to sustainability
Royal was one of the first, and most vocal, proponents of clean climbing. Clean climbing is the practice of using removable nuts for protection rather than pounding pitons into the granite cracks. This practice, along with a very sparing use of bolts, preserves the rock faces for future generations.
In 1967, Royal and his future wife, Liz, made a first ascent in Yosemite using this new technique which was revolutionary in the U.S. at the time. Never before had a major American first ascent been completed by climbing clean and only using removable nuts. Royal named the new route, Nutcracker, a classic to this day.
Royal’s climbing ethos was to leave as little trace as possible, we mirror that in our fabric sourcing and production process. In a recent New York Times interview, Tom Frost, climber and friend of Royal, said of him, “his philosophy was that it’s not getting to the summit but how you do it that counts.” Doing things the right way isn’t always the easy way, but it is the only way worth doing it.
"What a pleasure to climb a fine route and find no traces of those who have come before and to leave no mark one's passage... To use art instead of force."
- Royal Robbins
Purpose built and built to last
Our products live up to strict manufacturing guidelines. The production process, materials and fabric selection, product assembly and strict quality control during the production process adds up to clothing that is built to last. Royal Robbins clothing is purpose built for an active travel lifestyle.
The purchase of a Royal Robbins product is a guarantee that the need to buy a new item will not arise for a long, long time.
Let's face it, we work in a dirty industry. But we are ready for the good fight and we are committed to utilizing the most ethical means of production as possible. We value our strategic production partners and work closely with them in every step of our production process. It takes more time, but just as Royal himself always looked to do things the right way, we think it's worth every minute.
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Our long-term goal is to reduce our environmental impact. As company with both global manufacturing and sales, we have a great responsibility for our greenhouse gas emissions.
Code of Conduct
We have a clear vision of how we want to work from an ethical, social and environmental perspective.
KEY MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES
The outdoors has always been at the forefront of our brand's greatest source of inspiration. It is also from there that we collect our materials and where the effects of consumption are most evident.
Therefore, we are very careful in what goes into our products. When we choose a material, we evaluate its effectiveness, functional properties, chemical composition and how much is needed. To help us make decisions, we use the Preferred Materials and Fibers List which ranks the materials according to their environmental impact. This list is continuously updated, as the state of knowledge changes and new materials are developed.
Royal Robbins' guidelines for chemicals helps us avoid toxic and forbidden chemicals.
We revise and update the list as new information is added. This is done in collaboration with the Chemicals Group, which we are a part of, and with support from the research institute Swerea. This keeps us informed about the research situation and the prevailing legal provisions and chemical information.
Royal Robbins® grew out of a passion for building clothing that could stand up to Royal's adventurous life. Doing things the right way and honoring and protecting the outdoor environment where he thrived, remains at the heart of a worldwide business that still follows his vision. Whether it was pioneering the clean climbing movement or preserving wild places, these are the values that remain core to our existence, We now partner with a number of outside groups to help us remain at the core of our existence.