Our recycled cotton is made from cotton scraps swept off factory floors.
It takes about 173 gallons of water to produce one pound of conventional cotton. Add that to the carbon footprint of preparing the soil, cultivating the plants, and harvesting the crops and then scale that up to encompass all the cotton grown in the world—you get a significant environmental cost. By using recycled cotton, we extend the lifespan of a fiber that has already been created, uses less environmental resources and still gives you that soft, comfortable feel.
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Our supply chain partners collect pre-consumer scraps from our sewing factories and only use cotton that meets our quality standards. Then, the fibers are mechanically shred, so they can be re-spun into new yarn. Most of our recycled cotton is blended with recycled polyester. This extends the length of the fibers, so they're the perfect yarn for sweatshirts and T-shirts.
This Spring 2020 season, 22% of our cotton fabrics are made with recycled cotton. Using recycled cotton fiber this season reduced CO2 emissions by 70% compared to using conventional cotton.
Patagonia is focusing on three main types of cotton: organic cotton, cotton in conversion (cotton coming from farmers who are transitioning their crops from conventional to organic cotton) and Regenerative Organic Certification Pilot Cotton.
Our goal is to incorporate as much recycled cotton into our natural materials as possible. We are constantly talking with new supply chain partners and vetting new technologies that would allow us to use more recycled cotton.