We take three of Patagonia’s products and break down exactly what goes into their eco, Fairtrade production.
With the arrival of their new season for Spring and Summer, Patagonia are as ever striving to create superb products for the outdoors in as eco-friendly a manner as they can. Being a rather large manufacturer however, means of course that this is not at all simple! With the number of items Patagonia produce, how can they possibly minimise their footprint? Today we’ll be taking three of our favourite Patagonia products from the Taunton Leisure range and breaking them down to give you an idea of the immense work Patagonia put into their production to ensure ethical, eco-friendly products that perform to a superb standard. Making a return this year we see the ever-popular Torrentshell 3L Jackets, Cap Cool T-shirts, and the ever-popular Retro-Pile Fleece jackets. With these 3 popular jackets being excellent for the warmer months ahead, do they live up to Patagonia’s famously high eco-standards?
The Patagonia Cap Cool Daily Shirt
Whether you’re running, climbing or just hanging with friends, the Capilene Cool Daily Shirt dries fast, wicks moisture and stretches to ensure you are comfortable when working hard. Perfect for hard activity on hot days, the fabric of these tees is unbelievably soft. Thanks to MiDori bioSoft (a plant seed-based multi-purpose fabric softener), the fabrics gain their wonderful softness, even after long use. The plant pased softener also helps the shirt gain increased wicking capabilities. These are tees designed to perform over very long use in the outdoors. This apporach is intended to encourage not to hastily replace a garment, thus adding more to the impact had on the environment. This approach from a big company to encourage people to buy less is a radical attitude with Patagonia at the forefront.
The Patagonia Retro Pile Jacket
A firm favourite with our customers and perfect on those cooler evenings when the temperature dips, this is the perfect retro-inspired fleece jacket for the coming Spring ans Summer months. The jacket is made using 100% polyester sourced from plastic bottles. Not only does this not put more plastic on to the planet but also reduces Co2 emissions by 59% when compared with virgin polyester fibre. The dyes and materials used in this jacket are Bluesign approved. Patagonia has worked with Bluesign technologies since 2000 to evaluate and reduce resource consumption in their materials supply chain, and to assist with managing chemicals, dyes and finishes used in the process. Bluesign technologies, based in Switzerland, works at each step in the textile supply chain to approve chemicals, processes, materials, and products that are safe for the environment, safe for workers, and safe for the end customers. Top top it off this jacket is Fairtrade certified, ensuring those who make it are properly compensated for their craftsmanship.
The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Waterproof Jacket
SS22 sees the return of the best-selling Torrentshell Jacket. A tough and ready waterproof jacket that neatly packs down ready for when you need it. With the wetter months on their way, this is a great solution to sudden showers. The Torrentshell 3L Waterproof jacket is a fantastic all-rounder great for both everyday and long days out on the hill or trail. Similar to other Patagonia products we have a bluesign seal of approval as well as Fairtrade certification. The ECONYL outer is made using 100% recycled nylon ensuring both a nature-friendly stance but also optimal durability which is key to a long-lasting product. When paired with the H2No membrane, it makes for a great long-lasting jacket that will last countless adventures before needing to be replaced. Loathe to disposable clothing and the impact it has on the environment, Patagonia ensures that its products are very long-lasting.
If you would like any more info on the steps Patagonia takes to ensure eco-friendly products then you can read them on each product’s page.