Introducing Ben Galphin

Ruth Kelly

We want to help create sustainable material solutions for our community, so whats better than working with a materials and innovation expert who has worked at one of the world’s leading sustainable brands – Patagonia!

Meet Ben Galphin of Outsider Innovation, our newest Materials Contributor and passionate sustainability expert.

Ben spent most of his early years outside, giving him an appreciation for our natural resources and beautiful places.  While pursuing his Textile Engineering degree at North Carolina State University, he worked in retail sales for a major outdoor gear supplier. This close, daily interaction with customers and manufacturers helped him develop an appreciation for the importance of the customer’s voice to a product’s success. 

Following university, Ben found a role in Patagonia, Inc., working with their renowned Quality Lab.  Through his time at the company he gained extensive hands-on experience working with international and domestic manufacturers, testing and developing technical materials and product, and eventually was responsible for the material innovation strategy for some of the company’s most technical material and product.

I believe that a responsibly made product is not only better for the planet and its people, but also the company that made it.

Ben Galphin

Working alongside some of the best people in the industry, Ben and his team oversaw materials for more than four-hundred million dollars of product. They helped improve the lives of over two-thousand workers in the company’s tier two and tier three manufacturing supply chains.

Inspired that companies can be successful through dedication to a multiple-bottom-line, Ben founded Outsider Innovation with the belief that better product is ultimately better for our planet and its people, more sustainable and profitable.   

We are delighted to welcome Ben to the Ssachs community.

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