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I love the pace of camping; time slows down and the subtleties of nature demand your full attention. It’s rare to find those far-off places with just enough access to get you there while preserving the rural culture and agrarian economy. Camping for three weeks in remote coastal Chile transported me to ranch life and an ancient pace. The raw land we stayed on was completely off the grid with no road access. Getting on and off the property took a proper 4-wheel drive vehicle, or a horse. Nothing came easy and we worked for everything we needed and enjoyed.  We...

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This is not a promotion. We mean it: stop buying crap, immediately if possible, for the long-term. The only “promotion” Marlin Ray will ever run on Black Friday is #BuyNothing. Go enjoy nature, talk to your friends and family, hug a tree. And beyond Buy Nothing “Day” we encourage you to extend this into a permanent lifestyle. The miracle of nature is too personal and inspiring for us to ignore the consequences of our extreme consumer culture. The explosive growth and globalization of the apparel industry has accelerated pollution everywhere. This industry is one of the top five sources of global warming, contributing over 5% of...

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This is our ethical shopping guide. These are brands that use sustainable materials, and ethical and transparent supply chains. These are not brands that just donate a percentage of profits to charity. We will continue to add to this guide as we find more.  Our culture of over consumption for all goods has trained consumers to want things cheaper and faster, all at the expense of health and safety in factories and in the product manufacturing supply chain. Consumer goods now have shorter lifespans and longer waste-spans. Consider also the amount of plastic packaging that comes with everything we consume. It turns...

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Every time our body meets the ocean’s waves, we feel grateful and energized by the power of nature. When we developed the poncho for Marlin Ray, we looked at every aspect of production to minimize its negative impact on our planet. The miracle of nature is too personal and inspiring for us to ignore this. How does Marlin Ray fare? The fashion industry is a dirty business and whether you’re a producer or consumer, it’s often a choice of the lesser evil. Technology in apparel manufacturing has not yet caught up to match with sustainability. We can’t promise a 100%...

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I thought I was on my way to really making it: I had just been hired as marketing director for a boutique global fashion brand based in Hong Kong. It was 2007 and I was on top of the world.

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