Patagonia Goes UpCycle

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Patagonia is a leader in sustainable, ethical manufacturing processes and has been for decades. They've done it again with their Truth to Materials Collection, which uses reclaimed and recycled materials to create the kind of beautiful, durable clothes you expect from Patagonia. The pieces in this collection are more than just clothes. They are an inspiration, a pledge of support and a wearable link to the traditions of quality garment-making. They are the antidote to fast fashion. And they are Patagonia, so they will be a favorite piece in your closet for decades.

About the Collection

Reclaimed Wool: Calamai / Italy

Figli di Michelangelo Calamai was founded in 1878, roughly 100 years before the birth of the environmental movement. Calamai is dedicated to producing reclaimed wool. The finished product uses garments and manufacturing scrap and blends them into a variety of knits, weaves and weights as well as textures. The reclaimed wool used by Patagonia is made from discarded wool sweaters that are shred into usable fiber - just like the early days - and mixed with polyester and nylon for strength. 

Reclaimed Cotton: TAL Group / China & Malaysia

The typical life of a cotton garment, whether it’s conventional or organic, is a straight line to the landfill. Growing, spinning and weaving leads to cutting and construction and that leads to consumer use which eventually leads to the dump. Thanks to a partnership with the TAL Group, one of the larger garment manufacturers in the world, Patagonia has been able to take cotton consumption and twist it closer to the elusive closed-loop. Since 2011, the TAL Group has been saving their cotton scraps by sweeping the floors of their factories in China and Malaysia - saving hundreds of tons of cotton from the landfill. This once-useless cutting-room scrap is then spun into fully functional fabrics. Reclaimed cotton is neither bleached nor dyed and is traceable from raw material to retail store. 

Undyed Cashmere: Mongolian plateau region

Mongolian nomads have long known that the key to keeping their grasslands healthy is moving their herds and maintaining a proper ratio of goats to sheep. Patagonia's undyed cashmere is hand-harvested by Mongolian goat herders who brush their flocks as they shift grazing grounds according to the seasons. The colors of the yarns - whites, browns and tans - are as nature intended. The end result is a material untouched by the process of fiber dyeing, which lessens the environmental impact and gives the material an even softer hand. 

Reclaimed Down: Alabama Chanin / Alabama, USA

Patagonia has partnered with designer and artisan Natalie Chanin, of Alabama Chanin, for a one-of-a-kind reclaimed down project. Damaged, returned down jackets (that cannot be repaired) have been collected in bales in Patagonia’s shipping warehouse for years through its Common Threads Partnership recycling program. Together with the artisan quilters of Alabama Chanin, the companies have developed a warm and wearable work of art that masquerades as a scarf. Each scarf is a numbered, limited edition.