By Philip Curry
In 1999, I sold my first business to Patagonia, traveled awhile and then became a full time biodynamic farmer. A question nagged at me: Could I protect more land and water by farming this small farm, or by getting back in to the outdoor equipment business?
In 2002, I began Astral. We were deeply committed to building the best performing products for wilderness athletes, and we focused on building them in the least toxic, lowest impact way. I loved creating a company where cool, creative people could work together to benefit nature.
Since then we’ve grown a lot and done good things along the way. We basically eliminated toxic PVC foam from the PFD industry, invented breathable lifejackets, won awards for our paradigm changing footwear designs, and we’ve developed the stickiest rubber ever worn on wet rock - just to name a few.
Our story is unique in a market dominated by huge corporations. We put nature first in all our business and product decisions.
We make our products in the best factories and we live near them. We are committed to sustainable business and products that last. In the most simple terms, we are athletes, artists and craftspeople. With your support we will continue to build the cleanest, most beautiful and highest performing products you can buy…. And we promise to always put Nature First.