Patagonia’s all-new exclusive re\\\collection is a design experiment using as many recycled materials as possible. Each of the ten styles in the re\\\collection is made with all sorts of recycled materials, including 100% recycled down, 100% recycled wool and 100% recycled polyester with 85% recycled polyester labels, 80% recycled zippers and 50% recycled buttons. The re\\\collection is built with function and warmth in mind, but the pieces have a simple, clean aesthetic and they’re ready to be recycled again when the time comes.
This fall, in the company’s latest step forward, Patagonia is using down reclaimed from used items that can’t be resold. The cornerstone of its re\\\collection, Patagonia Recycled Down is a mix of 600-fill-power goose and duck down reclaimed from used items that might otherwise end up in landfills, and offers identical performance benefits to virgin down. By plucking some of its down (and associated fabrics) from the trash, Patagonia is reducing discards and helping to grow and add value to a recycling stream.
“Patagonia is distinctive because of all the environmental work that it does, and when we think about products, we think about all the environmental work before we start designing,” stated Miles Johnson, Patagonia’s creative director of product design. “From the insulation to the outer materials—all the way down to the buttons and drawcords—this collection is an experiment in creativity and responsibility.”
In the re\\\collection styles, Patagonia Recycled Wool is made from 60% discarded wool sweaters that are shred into usable fiber (60%) and mixed with recycled polyester (30%) and recycled nylon (10%) for durability. By recycling previously dyed fabrics, Patagonia is not only keeping them from the landfill, but also saving water, reducing the need for chemicals and reducing wastewater.
Over the past 40 years, Patagonia has led the industry in reducing the impacts of its products on the natural world when owner and founder, Yvon Chouinard began making chocks that didn’t damage the rocks. In 1993, Patagonia began diverting resources from the landfill when it made the first fleece from recycled plastic bottles destined for the dump. Since then, its designers have learned how to use more and more recycled materials to build clothing without sacrificing performance or quality.
“We have to take responsibility for what we make, from birth to death and then beyond death, back to rebirth.” Yvon Choinard, Patagonia founder and owner in Let My People Go Surfing.
To watch a video about the re\\\collection, click here.
Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is based in Ventura, California. A certified B-Corporation, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $78 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.