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Patagonia’s Re\\\collection Fosters Material Circularity

Patagonia is elevating its sustainability commitment with a new recycled material line.

The outdoor gear retailer introduced Re\\\collection, an assortment of cold weather apparel designed with recycled materials. Built with function and warmth, each of the collection’s 10 styles incorporate various recycled inputs, including 100 percent recycled down, 100 percent recycled wool, 100 percent recycled polyester, labels made from 85 percent recycled polyester, 80 percent recycled zippers and buttons made from 50 percent recycled materials.

Patagonia created the collection to give cold weather garments a second life cycle. Down apparel items, like coats and jackets, can’t often be resold. Rather than leaving these garments in landfills, Patagonia collects them for the Re\\\collection. Patagonia Recycled Down is a hybrid of 600-fill-power goose and duck down collected from the discarded clothes and provides the same desirable qualities as virgin down.

“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,” Patagonia creative director of product design Miles Johnson said. “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.”

The company’s Recycled Wool is also included in the Re\\\collection styles. This material is made from 60 percent discarded wool sweaters that are shred into 60 percent usable fiber and then blended with 30 percent polyester and 10 percent nylon. Recycling dyed fabrics also enables Patagonia to conserve water resources and minimize the use of chemicals in outerwear apparel.