Materials & Technologies
Hemp is an alternative natural fiber that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It’s one of the most durable natural fibers on the planet, and results in a fabric with a wonderful drape, comparable to linen.
In 1996, with an increased awareness of the dangers of pesticide use and synthetic fertilizers in growing conventional cotton, we began the exclusive use of organically grown cotton in all of our cotton products.
Some of the recycled nylon we use comes from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fiber.
100% Recycled Down
Recycled Down is a mix of 600-fill-power goose and duck down reclaimed from cushions, bedding and other used items that can’t be resold. It is hypoallergenic and offers the identical performance benefits to virgin down.
In 1993, we adopted fleece into our product line made from post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic soda bottles. We were the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to do so.
One of the ways we can lessen the impact of wool production is to recycle used wool.
TENCEL® is a branded lyocell fiber that comes from the pulp of trees that are grown on sustainably run farms certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
By replacing non-renewable neoprene with a plant-based polymer, using Yulex natural rubber in our wetsuits reduces CO2 emissions by up to ~80% in the polymer manufacturing process.
Using a process known as garnetting, discarded wool sweaters are shred into usable fiber, mixed with polyester and nylon for strength, and woven anew without additional fabric dyes.
The colors of the yarns—whites, browns and tans—are as nature intended, which gives the material an even softer hand and lessens the use of water, chemicals and energy.
Made from a durable blend of cotton remnants gathered from the factory floor and raw organic cotton, reclaimed cotton is neither bleached nor dyed.
Knowing how conventional cotton is grown and denim is made, we’re out to change the industry. Patagonia® Denim uses only 100% organic cotton grown without GMO seeds, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
We have been working diligently to develop a new wool supply chain that reflects high, and verifiable, standards for both animal welfare and land management. See what we have accomplished so far and what we have yet to accomplish.
Patagonia has worked with bluesign® technologies since 2000 to evaluate and reduce resource consumption in our materials supply chain, and to assist us with managing the chemicals, dyes and finishes used in the process.
DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. Patagonia is actively researching and developing DWR chemistries that will afford high performance and durability with less environmental impact.
H2No® Performance Standard
H2No® Performance Standard is Patagonia’s benchmark for waterproofness, breathability and durability, which ensures a high level of long-term performance backed by our Ironclad Guarantee.
Polygiene® Odor Control
Polygiene® technology is a naturally occurring antimicrobial that provides effective and permanent odor control by stopping the growth of bacteria in the fabric. It’s the best-performing and most environmentally friendly anti-odor technology available.
Regulator® fleece insulation provides phenomenal compressibility, light weight warmth, and moisture transport, whether used alone or as part of a layering system.
Personal Surf-Inflation (PSI) Vest
An inflatable safety vest for use in the most critical surf conditions.
2.5-layer H2No® Performance Standard Shell
2.5-layer H2No® Performance Standard shell fabrics are completely waterproof, windproof, breathable and highly packable.
2-Layer H2No® Performance Standard Shell
2-layer H2No® Performance Standard shell fabrics are completely waterproof, windproof and breathable.
3-Layer H2No® Performance Standard Shell
3-layer H2No® Performance Standard fabrics are completely waterproof, windproof and breathable.
Fair Trade Certified™
Fair Trade is one of the first tools we’re using at Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their standard of living and move them closer to earning a living wage.
4-Layer Wader Fabric
Patagonia developed the 4-layer fabric construction for our waders to increase breathability and abrasion resistance, move moisture away from the body, and decrease the weight.
Traceable Down Insulation
All of our down products, as of our fall 2014 product season, contain Traceable Down, all of which can be traced back to birds that were never force-fed and never live-plucked.
2-Layer GORE-TEX® Fabric
The 2-layer GORE-TEX® membrane is bonded to an outer material, then combined with a free-flowing lining. The benefit: a soft, lightweight garment that keeps you dry and lets you move freely.
3-layer GORE-TEX® Shell
The 3-layer GORE-TEX® membrane is sandwiched between a soft outer material and a knit polyester backing material that increases durability. These garments keep you comfortable and protected from the elements without adding extra bulk or weight.
Capilene® Polyester Baselayer
Made from moisture-wicking polyester, Capilene® synthetic baselayers wick moisture away from your skin, breathe efficiently and dry fast to provide the foundation for any layering system for any pursuit.
3-Layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell
GORE-TEX® Pro products have a 3-layer construction that comprises a special high performance GORE-TEX® membrane, bonded to a tough outer material and a specially developed robust inner lining.
GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell
GORE-TEX® Paclite® Technology garments are made from a GORE-TEX® membrane, bonded to an outer shell material, then covered by a protective layer made of an oleophobic (oil hating) substance and carbon.
Merino Wool Baselayer
Exceptionally soft, naturally breathable and warm even when wet, merino wool regulates your body temperature, has a great warmth-to-weight ratio, naturally controls odor and stretches as you move.
Polartec® Power Shield® Pro
Designed to strike the optimal balance between weather protection and breathability, Polartec® Power Shield Pro fabrics feature a smooth, tightly woven face for great abrasion resistance, and a polyester back for a high warmth-to-weight ratio.
Polartec® Windbloc® fabrics block 100% of the wind and provides maximum protection from the elements. The soft hand, stretch, and DWR finish combine to make this the highest quality, most comfortable windproof fleece product on the market.
We use PrimaLoft insulation inside insulated garments for its warmth, compressibility, and soft comfort.