Patagonia: Talking Trash Since ’93

Patagonia began making recycled polyester from plastic pop bottles in 1993 – the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to transform trash into fleece. It was a positive step toward a more sustainable system – one that uses fewer resources, discards less and better protects human health.

Today, they recycle used bottles, unusable manufacturing waste, and worn-out garments (including their own) into polyester fibers to produce clothing. And they offer recycled polyester in a lot more garments, including Capilene baselayers, shell jackets, board shorts and fleece.

Using recycled polyester lessens manufacturing’s dependence on petroleum as a source of raw material. It curbs discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions from incinerators. It helps to promote new recycling streams for polyester clothing that is no longer wearable. And it causes less air, water and soil contamination compared to using nonrecycled polyester. Seriously – there’s just no downside. Here we feature a couple of Patagonia’s reliable, ever-handy fleeces made from recycled material:

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Women’s Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover: Made of Polartec® Thermal Pro® polyester (51% recycled) fleece this quintessential fleece pullover has feminine seaming and pouch-style handwarmer pockets.


-Deep-pile fleece with 51% recycled polyester has extra-long fibers for warmth retention
-Stand-up collar has doubled fleece for warmth; front placket hides the 4-snap closure and is reinforced with nylon
-Yoke and princess seams add contouring and shape
-Brushed polyester microfleece trim on cuffs and hem
-Nylon chest pocket flap with stay-put envelope construction
-Kangaroo-style handwarmer pocket
-Hip length
-9.3-oz Polartec® Thermal Pro® 100% polyester fleece (51% recycled). Fabric is bluesign® approved.

Men’s Synchilla Snap-T Pullover: the iconic fleece pullover made of a lightweight polyester fleece available in solid colours and prints.

-Made of warm 8-oz double-sided polyester fleece
-Pullover with 4-snap Supplex® nylon placket, a stand-up collar and Y-Joint™ sleeves
-Left chest pocket has Supplex® nylon flap and snap closure
-Cuffs and hem have spandex trim
-Hip length
-Heathers: 8-oz 100% polyester (80% recycled) double-sided fleece. Solids: 8-oz 100% polyester (85% recycled) double-sided fleece. Prints: 8-oz 100% polyester double-sided fleece.

Check Patagonia’s full line of garments containing recycled polyester here.