The classic Patagonia Better Sweater just got better. The only part of the Patagonia Better Sweater that isn’t made from recycled materials? The zipper teeth. (They’re on it.) The rest just keeps getting better for the environment while the sweater remains as soft, warm and durable as it has ever been.

Patagonia Recycled Better Sweater

The classic Patagonia Better Sweater just got better. The only part of the Patagonia Better Sweater that isn’t made from recycled materials? The zipper teeth. (They’re on it.) The rest just keeps getting better for the environment while the sweater remains as soft, warm and durable as it has ever been.

Recycling bottles to make fabric... kept 75 million plastic bottles from the landfill. Lined up, those bottles would stretch halfway around the planet.

Using 99% recycled materials.... kept 5 million lbs of CO2 out of the atmosphere. That’s like planting over 37,000 trees.

Using a new sweater pattern... saved 370,000 pounds of fabric. That’s enough fabric to make 280,000 new sweaters.

Patagonia also support the people who make these sweaters. Using Fair Trade Certified factories... impacted the lives of over 6,000 factory workers. That helps to support school fees and day care for their children.

Recycled Polyester

Patagonia began making recycled polyester from plastic soda bottles in 1993–the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to transform trash into fleece. It was a positive step toward a more sustainable system–one that uses fewer resources, discards less and better protects people’s health.

Today, Patagonia recycle used soda bottles, unusable manufacturing waste and worn-out garments (including their own) into polyester fibers to produce clothing. And Patagonia offer recycled polyester in a lot more garments, including Capilene® baselayers, shell jackets, board shorts and fleece.

Using recycled polyester lessens the dependence on petroleum as a source of raw materials. It curbs discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions from incinerators. It helps to promote new recycling streams for polyester clothing that is no longer wearable.