Archive for November, 2008

Polartec Eco-Friendly Baby Books

November 24, 2008

little-monkeyHere’s an unusual but very cool application of Polartec fabric: cuddly, eco-friendly baby books. The Little Green Book series is designed to educate children on what they can do to be more environmentally  friendly. The books are made from recycled materials and the storylines cover subjects such as improving the environment, learning about endangered animals, recycling and much more.

The cover of Little Monkey features Polartec® fleece made from recycled plastic bottles and yarn scraps. It’s super soft, cuddly  and machine-washable. A terrific gift idea for the holidays!

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Chuck Norris’ Ninja R1 Hoody

November 19, 2008

40071_746The Patagonia R1 Hoody is the perfect baselayer or light mid-layer for climbing, skiing, winter running, and much more. The R1 Hoody features 60% recycled Polartec® Power Dry® fabric so it wicks moisture to keep you warm and dry, it’s super breathable and it’s highly compressible and lightweight. With its classic, minimalist styling, we’ve also spotted lots of people wearing the R1 as a casual pullover/sweater around town and in the office.

gearfloggerlogoThe GearFlogger up in AK also apparently spotted Chuck Norris wearing the R1 Hoodie. The R1 must go great with Chuck’s Action Jeans. Read more here.

Business Week on Patagonia Recycling

November 11, 2008

Back in 1993, Polartec partnered with Patagonia to create the world’s first recycled polyester fleece layer, the Synchilla. To create the fleece, Polartec sourced a polyester yarn manufactured from a combination of post-consumer recycled content (plastic soda bottles) and post-industrial waste (yarn scraps).

patagonia-synchillaToday, Patagonia’s line of Synchilla pullovers, jackets and vests are still some of the company’s most popular garments. Over the years Polartec and Patagonia have also grown their partnership to create recycled fabrics for dozens of other garments, from baselayers to jackets.

In 2005, Patagonia launched the global Common Threads program in an effort to “close the loop” on its recycling efforts. Through this program customers can return their worn out Capilene® Performance Baselayers to Patagonia for recycling. Polartec and Patagonia then further collaborated to expand the list of recyclable garments to include Polartec® fleece clothing from ANY manufacturer.

businessweek_logoCheck out this interesting article in Business Week about the Patagonia Common Threads garment recycling program.