Archive for the ‘Interesting Read’ Category

Religion and Politics

October 30, 2008

Let’s get this straight right off the bat…

Just like your mom taught you, it’s best to avoid talking about religion or politics at the dinner table on your blog. We have no intentions of endorsing a candidate or getting all theological on

But, we got a link to an interesting Polartec story in our inbox via Google Alerts this morning. Here’s a mention of Polartec in an article on from Steve Chapman:

“All sorts of products that didn’t exist a generation ago are now commonplace even in humble neighborhoods — personal computers, cell phones, high-definition TVs, Polartec jackets, digital cameras, Starbucks coffee and more. If their incomes are steadily falling, how do Americans cart home so much stuff?”

Good to see that Mr. Chapman puts Polartec in the same league as cell phones and high-def T.V.’s.

Add some context to the above pull quote and read the rest of the article here.


WSJ on Carbon Footprints

October 16, 2008

Jeffery Ball at the Wall Street Journal recently wrote an interesting article about the carbon footprint of six consumer products: a Prius, Timberland hiking boots, laundry detergent, a 1/2 gallon of organic milk, a 6-pack of Fat Tire beer and a Patagonia Talus jacket made with Polartec® Power Shield® fabric. The Talus creates a 66 pound carbon footprint. Check out the results of all 6 products: footprint1.

While Polartec has partnered with Patagonia to develop hundreds of garments with recylced fabric, the Talus is unfortunately not one of them. Essentially, the Talus is manufactured in Asia where recycled yarn is harder to find and more expensive to source. Both Polartec and Patagonia would have preferred for the Talus to be a recycled product but it was just too expensive to produce and keep the price point competitive.

The Talus is a good example of the cost-benefit analysis of going ‘green.’

Of course, carbon footprints are incredibly difficult to calculate. As Mr. Ball notes, “For instance, many products’ global-warming impact depends less on how they’re made than on how they’re used. That means the easiest way to cut carbon emissions may be to buy less of a product or use it in a way that’s less convenient.”

From that perspective, the Talus jacket (and all Polartec fabrics) last an incredibly long time, require very few washings, and no machine drying. Wear it indoors and you can keep your heating bills down! 🙂

Read the full WSJ story here.