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Ultra-Recycled Winter Clothing

Patagonia's 'Re\Collection' Line Maximizes Recycled Material

— November 28, 2016 — Eco
Though the Patagonia 'Re\Collection' line of winter gear isn't made entirely from recycled materials, it uses as much as possible while maintaining the ruggedness that is essential for outdoor clothing. 100 percent of the down, wool, and polyester in the Re\Collection jackets, vests, and pants are recycled, while 50 to 80 percent of the material in the labels, zippers, and buttons are recycled.

The only thing holding Patagonia back from using 100 percent recycled material for the entirety of the Re\Collection line is utility. Used materials are weaker than new ones, and that poses a problem for certain areas of clothing. While used down in a jacket is virtually identical to new down, used threads would fray and break too easily. Nonetheless, Patagonia's choice to recycle as much as possible shows the company's commitment to its environmental philosophy.
Trend Themes
1. Ultra-recycled Winter Clothing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced techniques for creating stronger, durable clothing using 100% recycled materials, reducing the need for new resources.
2. Maximizing Recycled Material - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore innovative ways to increase the percentage of recycled materials used in products, reducing waste and promoting sustainability.
3. Commitment to Environmental Philosophy - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create a brand identity centered around sustainability and environmental responsibility, attracting conscious consumers and driving market growth.
Industry Implications
1. Outdoor Apparel - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Introduce eco-friendly alternatives to traditional outdoor apparel, combining style, durability, and sustainability.
2. Textile Manufacturing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced manufacturing technologies that facilitate the production of high-quality textiles from recycled materials.
3. Sustainable Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Establish a niche market focused on sustainable fashion, offering eco-friendly clothing options for environmentally conscious consumers.
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