Posts Tagged ‘Patagonia’

Fall 2009 Fabrics Preview

January 11, 2009

In 2009, Polartec will continue to support and expand its collection of recycled content, “reduced footprint” fabrics. Using at least 50% recycled polyester in these styles (and in some cases up to 100%), Polartec leads the market in high performance, no-sacrifice, recycled-content fabrics ranging from base layers, to insulation, to soft shell outerwear. Recycled polyester yarn requires significantly less energy to produce and subsequently saves large amounts of CO2 emissions when compared to virgin polyester.

Debuting in Fall 2009, is a new honeycomb pattern Polartec® Thermal Pro® with 64% recycled content that will appear in the Arc’teryx Strato Jacket and the Roldal from Norrona.

Arc'teryx Strato with Honeycomb Thermal Pro

Arc'teryx Strato with honeycomb Polartec® Thermal Pro®

Houdini will introduce multiple new garments made of recycled content Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface® technology including the Men’s Hardface Houdi, the Women’s Slipstream Houdi and the classically tailored, Men’s Blizzard Blazer.

Polartec’s highly breathable softshell collection, Polartec® Power Shield®, continues to expand with the introduction of lightweight Polartec® Power Shield O2® fabric in the Arc’teryx Endo pullover and Zeta jackets. The new, lightweight Polartec® Power Shield O2 fabric perfectly compliments the highly successful and more thermal versions of Polartec® Power Shield O2® in the Hercules and Griffon jackets. The Endo is designed for aerobic activities in a range of conditions with excellent venting, wicking and weather protection. Haglofs features Polartec® Power Shield® stretch wovens with Hardface Technology® in the Paze jacket and tights collections, optimized for cold-weather aerobic activities.

Also known for its perfect balance of breathability and weather protection, Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface Technology® comes to market in a beautiful new Norrona Lyngen  jacket and Scapegoat’s custom print Sundowner and Daybreak jackets. High loft versions of Polartec® Wind Pro® appear in the urban chic Embla and Stormur Coats from 66 North.

Scapegoat Sundowner featuring Polartec® Thermal Pro®

Scapegoat Sundowner featuring Polartec® Thermal Pro®

Norrona Lyngen (Women's) with Power Shield

Norrona Lyngen featuring Polartec® Wind Pro® with Hardface®

Patagonia’s Phil’s Fleece is a great example of Polartec’s expanding wool collection. Now in addition to the wool/poly blended Polartec® Power Dry® fabrics, wool blends are appearing in insulation layers with the introduction of Polartec® Thermal Pro® with Wool. 66 North will introduce a jacquard knit wool/poly blend Polartec® Thermal Pro® hoody in the Akrajfall and Por jackets. It has also been rumored that in 2010, Polartec may have 100% Merino wool fabrics to choose from in a variety of weights.

Patagonia Phil's Fleece featuring Thermal Pro with Wool

Patagonia Phil's Fleece featuring Polartec® Thermal Pro® with Wool

As always, Polartec® continues to deliver an ever-expanding collection of unique textures and finishes. A new collection of fabric geared toward the “technical sweatshirt” hits the market in The North Face Cooper Hoody, Saucony’s printed Polartec® Thermal Pro® Zip Hoody, as well as the Urdur and the Logn Zipped Sweat Hoody and Sweat Pants from 66 North. Polartec® Thermal Pro® sweater knit styles, including a mini cable knit and rib sweater, will appear in collections from Marmot, Norrona, Henri Lloyd and Bergans.

Saucony Thermal Pro jacket

Saucony Polartec® Thermal Pro® jacket

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Marmot Clo Hoody with Polartec® Thermal Pro®

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.

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.