Category Archives: renewable materials

Making a more sustainable wetsuit

An update from Patagonia about their attempts to make a more sustainable wetsuit: “Surfers have been relying on neoprene for more than 60 years, but it’s a nonrenewable material with an energy-intensive manufacturing process. In 2008, we started experimenting with … Continue reading

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Patagonia: ‘selling better, not more’

Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia has always got a good rap on this website. They are slowly building their presence in Australia, with five stores operating at present. They have also increased their social and cultural involvement (for instance … Continue reading

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Patagonia Denim Redefines the Blue Jean

This story from Moja Gear highlights the moves by Patagonia to produce a more sustainable – and more ethical – denim jean. Cleaner, Safer, and Fair Trade, Too: Patagonia Denim Redefines the Blue Jean We all own at least one … Continue reading

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Waterproof, Breathable, and Toxin-Free

Patagonia is upping its own environmental ante, with a $1 million investment in Beyond Surface Technologies, a Swiss company that’s pushing petrochemicals out of the gear closet. In this article by Mary Catherine O’Connor from the Outside website, it is … Continue reading

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Patagonia Uses Reclaimed Cotton, Down and Wool for “Truth to Materials” Collection

Patagonia gets featured on this site on a regular basis. This is simply because there are a lot of sustainability initiatives happening within the company. The following is lifted directly from the Selectism website and was written by Jeff Carvalho. … Continue reading

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Patagonia Surfing Wet Suits Go Green

This video from the NY Times gives a good overview in about 4 minutes of Patagonia’s efforts to shift from using non-sustainable materials in their wetsuits. Most wetsuits are currently made from neoprene (which is fossil fuel derived and non … Continue reading

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Patagonia wins ‘Environmental Product of the Year’ award

The following comes directly from Patagonia. When we started making wetsuits in 2006, our aim was simple: Build the best possible suits in the least damaging way. The most environmentally harmful aspect of a wetsuit is neoprene, a synthetic, petroleum-derived … Continue reading

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