Classic sweater-knit fleece made with sustainable materials.
Top of the hill? Check. Chilling by the campfire? Check. You'll find yourself wearing this classic Patagonia Better Sweater fleece everywhere. What's more, it's with sustainable materials and dyed using a low-impact process that's better for the planet.
We know our customers like to know exactly what they're buying; we're not going to sugar coat it, but we are going to explain it. We've divided up all of the sustainable features we've identified across our product ranges and grouped them into three so you know how your purchase is making an impact: Think Nature, Think Welfare, Think People.
The Patagonia Women's Better Sweater Jacket - Abalone Blue has the following sustainability attributes...
This brand is a B-Corp Certified Brand. B Lab is a non-profit network that ensures the global economy benefits all people, communities, and the planet. If a brand is a B-Corp Certified brand, their entire social and environmental impact has been measured and marked high enough to consider them a leader in the global movement for an inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy. B Lab’s standards help companies to improve their social and environmental impact.
Find out more about B Lab and B Corporations here: https://www.bcorporation.net/en-us
A bluesign® approved product consists of at least 90% bluesign® approved textiles and/or 30% bluesign approved accessories. The aim of the bluesign® system is responsible use of resources, clean processes with controlled air and water emissions, safe processes for the workers and safe products for consumers. Bluesign® is an independent third party and sets out strict criteria for manufacturers and brands to follow to be certified bluesign. By buying bluesign®, you are guaranteed a product that has been made with the least harmful substances possible.
Find out more here: https://www.bluesign.com/en
Getting colour into fabrics isn't as simple as you might think. Traditionally, fabrics are batch-dyed, but more brands are becoming aware of the water and carbon saving ability of solution dyeing. That's a 90% reduction in water usage and 96% reduction in CO2 emissions - certainly not to be dismissed. This technique adds pigment to the fibre while the plastic is still molten - so, yes, it is only applicable to plastic based yarns.
A secondary eco dyeing technique is the use of natural pigments. Plant based dyes are sourced from sustainable crops and applied in a cold-water process, which can use 65% less water than traditional methods.
This item is Fair Trade certified. Fair Trade directly improve the lives of the people who make the product you buy. Members of Fair Trade, i.e. the people who grow the coffee beans or make the product, are part of a co-operative. Not only is there a minimum fair price paid for their product, but there’s also an additional premium paid by the brand which the co-operative decides how to spend within their community. It might go towards a well for clean drinking water, better farming equipment or a community school. Fair Trade are strict on their compliance and certification, so you can be safe in the knowledge that a Fair Trade product is from a sustainable, properly paid supply chain.
Find out more about Fair Trade here: https://www.fairtrade.net/.
By recycling fabrics, we are not only stopping extra waste heading to landfill but also reducing the need for virgin fabrics to be created. Recycled fabrics can be anything from recycled polyester to recycled cotton and where recycled cotton is used, it's often offcuts from factory floors that would otherwise end up in landfill. It would be a shame to waste as in its production, a single pound of cotton uses 173 gallons of water.
This brand partners with the Fair Labor Association (FLA). The FLA has a broader remit and does not just focus on the apparel industry. They aim to protect workers rights around the world and collaborate with universities, civil society organisations and companies to create sustainable working conditions. FLA have their own Code of Conduct based off the UN’s International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) standards. Affiliated companies must implement this Code of Conduct across their supply chain.
Find out more about Fair Labor Association here: https://www.fairlabor.org/.