The “cornerstone” of the collection, according to Patagonia, is its use of 100 percent recycled down. Salvaged from used products, the combination of 600-fill-power goose and duck down provides the performance benefits of its virgin counterparts without any additional burden to the waste stream.
“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,” Johnson said.
Another featured textile is Patagonia’s recycled wool, which consists of 60 percent shredded bits of discarded wool sweaters and 30 percent recycled polyester, plus 10 percent recycled nylon for extra durability.
By repurposing previously dyed fabrics, Patagonia says, the company is not only diverting textiles from the landfill, but it’s also paring back on water and chemical use.
“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,” Miles Johnson, Patagonia’s creative director of product design, said in a statement. “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.”
Repurposing materials isn’t a novel tack for Patagonia, which created the first fleece from recycled plastic bottles back in 1993.
“We have to take responsibility for what we make,” Yvon Choinard, founder and owner of Patagonia founder, said. “From birth to death and then beyond death, back to rebirth.”