We are so excited to welcome October with open arms. Even the first few days of the month have felt like a new season, much cooler with more brightly coloured leaves falling to the ground. The first thing we do when the weather gets a little chilly is reach for our Patagonia fleeces. Although they are a staple in our wardrobes all year round we especially love to go on long walks along the beaches in South Wales or the surrounding forests wrapped up in our cosy fleeces during the Autumn months.
There are so many reasons why we support Patagonia! There mission is to 'Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis'. We are totally down with that!! Patagonia is a brand with environment and sustainability responsibility at its core. Their awareness and attitude to consumerism is unlike any other global clothing brand we have seen. They actively encourage customers to repair their old garments and have made it their purpose to create high quality pieces that last for years. Their website actually has a step by step guide on how to repair your clothes, from ways to patch up denim and how to replace a broken fleece zipper. Patagonia also offer drop off points in their stores for garments that are beyond repair and recycle your clothes for you!
In 2011 Patagonia even launched an ad in the New York Times warning people of the impact consumerism is having on the environment with a headline ‘Don’t Buy This Jacket’ and a picture of their own fleece. Encouraging everyone to REDUCE, REPAIR, REUSE, RECYCLE. Instead of
Patagonia’s donates at least 1% of its profits to grass routes environmental organisations. On Black Friday in 2016 they donated 100% of their profits raising a whopping $10 million!
Although their range of clothes are not entirely vegan Patagonia utilise many amazing fabrics, such as organic cotton, hemp, recycled nylon, recycled polyester, reclaimed cotton, Tencel all of which have low impact upon the environment.
Ceri is wearing Patagonia’s Cotton Quilt Snap-T Pullover, made with organic cotton and polyester.
Nat is wearing Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover made with 51% recycled thermal polyester, the sewing of the pullover is Fair Trade certified. We especially love the kangaroo style hand warmer pocket on Nat’s jumper perfect to keep those paws warm on an Autumnal hike!
Buying a fleece or jacket from Patagonia is an investment, that we know we will be loving and caring for in years to come. We pledge to take Patagonia's advice and be mindful about our purchases. Will you too?