Mission Statement

You get an extra button with a new sweater – you should get a fabric patch with when you buy your gear! At Noso, conservation is in our DNA. We seek to uplift community and patch the planet for future generations to enjoy. We believe that your gear and garments hold power and meaning, and that adventure is an important part of human connection. Even the most durable outdoor gear can suffer snags, rips, and tears. That’s why we invented Noso. We are committed to ethical manufacturing guidelines and sustainable practices, and we love discovering new ways to improve upon both. We are committed to diversity and inclusivity: in our hiring practices, our product sourcing, our visual content, and our core values. We welcome feedback, suggestions, and opportunities to educate ourselves and grow our values.

Sustainability

As of January 2020, we are focusing as much as we can on sustainable measures, especially when it comes to the main byproduct of retail sales: packaging. We are now sourcing FSC certified, compostable, biodegradable, and recycled packaging materials. We have a new carbon credits program called CO2ok that gives our customers the ability to add a carbon credit to their purchase by simply clicking a button. When you click the CO2ok button during checkout, we calculate the cost to compensate for the CO2 required in manufacturing and shipping the product. The extra fee is 1% on average and will be invested in our certified partners: Atmosfair & Fair Climate Fund. We hope you love this, and please let us know what you think of it!

Manufacturing

Our patches are proudly made in the USA. We design, develop, prototype, and test our products in Jackson, Wyoming. Most of our products are made in our factory in Southern California. We source some of our textiles deadstock – leftover fabrics at mills – which can be implicitly challenging because fabric comes to us in various conditions. Sometimes we score rolls of fabric destined for the landfill that we upcycle into patches! Even if we have to use new materials, our patches last for years, keeping your gear out of the landfill too.

Dye Sublimation

Dye-sublimation is the most environmentally friendly, sustainable process possible in garment printing and production. It is safe for the environment and the worker, and it produces ZERO waste! Because the process involves turning a solid directly to a gas, there is no water
needed for dyeing – whereas screenprinting uses mass amounts of water to dye which results in polluted water wasted and ground contamination.

Adhesive

Our adhesive is just like chewing gum. You can eat it.

Diversity

Our goal is to the honor the lived experiences of our staff, customers, artists, friends, vendors, and community. We are proud to stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and we are committed to gender equality. We aim to source from suppliers that are committed to diversity and dedicated to racial justice. As you know, our company highlights women adventuring outside – we know gender is no barrier to outdoor prowess. We welcome hearing from you if there are ways for us to broaden representation.

Sustainability is not a luxury

At Noso, we know outdoor adventure is not a luxury to be enjoyed by an elite few. We invented our patches to protect your investment in your clothes and gear. We want playing in the outdoors to be accessible to all, no matter what your income is. Our founder, Kelli Jones was raised by a single mother in a home without frills. She knows what it’s like to have economic disadvantages. As a young person, she lived in her van to save up for her first down payment on her glorified tent (aka yurt) in Kelly, Wyoming.

The challenge of manufacturing in the USA with ethical guidelines means margins are slim. Our price points are never going to compete with legacy brands. This is something we try to reconcile as best we can. We strive to offer a fair price on our patches that enable you to be eco-friendly and practice a sustainable lifestyle. If you are a major ski bum or dirt bag we understand. We think of our patches as sacrificing one apres beer for a patch instead. Win win!

We have a free “seconds” bin (still good but not perfect for retail sale) outside our HQ, and we try to throw up quarterly sales online. These are great opportunities to stock up at reduced prices. Sign up for our newsletter and look out for these specials.