Patagonia ‘Common Threads’ Recycling Program

Patagonia ‘Common Threads’ Recycling Program
Innovation

A program by Patagonia takes unwanted fleeces, sends them to a recycling plant in Japan then buys the materials back to put in new clothes:

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 7 february 2007

Treehugger has an interesting write up on the program by Patagonia where they take unwanted fleeces, send them to a recycling plant in Japan then buy the materials back to put in their own clothes:

Patagonia have recently extended the scope of their Common Threads recycling program. When we first mentioned it they were just accepting their Capilene underwear back for recycling. Now they’ll take in fleece garments, whether their own Synchilla or other companies Polartec fleece. Get these to a Patagonia outlet and they’ll send ’em on to their buddies at Teijin in Japan, who’ll melt the stuff down to make new polyester fibre, which Patagonia will buy for inclusion in a growing line of recycled content performance wear.

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