Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket (Woman) 2015
The Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket is the ultimate multi-usage insulating layer or light jacket. Insulated with 100% traceable 800-fill-power goose down, it’s warm, lightweight and compressible, and stuffs into the internal chest pocket, which has a carabiner loop for super easy transportation. Featuring elasticated cuffs and an adjustable hem, as well as two zippered handwarmer pockets, this is a great versatile jacket that will keep you warm, whatever the weather. The outer lining is made from lightweight, DWR-coated, recycled, Ripstop polyester, which means it’s super durable, as well as waterproof.
|MATERIAL||Fabric: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Lining: 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Insulation: 100% traceable 800-fill-power goose down.|
Patagonia is the only company in the world to implement a 100% traceable down program, which ensures that no birds have been force fed, live plucked or generally treated badly. As the bird farming industry is large and difficult to track, this project has been seven years in the making, and was finally brought into production in 2014. In 2015 Patagonia’s methods and standards were adopted to form a global standard of down production.
Ripstop polyester is woven with an integrated cross-hatch pattern of stronger fibres at intervals, which act as a barrier to stop the fabric from tearing, and stop further tearing if it does.
Patagonia Lifetime Warranty
Patagonia offer an ‘Ironclad Warranty’ which means if you’re dissatisfied with the performance of a product at the time of purchase or afterwards, or it breaks unexpectedly, they will provide a free exchange, refund or repair. They will also repair damage due to wear and tear for a reasonable price, and have a section on their website that teaches you to repair your own clothing, so there is no need to unnecessarily buy new gear.
Patagonia’s Environmentally Friendly Business Plan
Right from the start, Patagonia has been at the forefront of environmentally friendly production, and are still one of the only companies in the world that offer a completely transparent supply chain to anyone who cares to look.
It all started after the opening of the first Patagonia store; chemicals used in the farming of the cotton started to give the shop staff headaches, so they developed fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles and started to use exclusively organic cotton. As the time’s gone on, Patagonia have implemented a traceable down program, use responsibly sourced merino and Bluesign approved materials. The recycled materials they work with are even more impressive: cotton, nylon, polyester, down and wool, as well as making use of natural materials such as hemp and undyed cashmere.
Aswell as making use of the best possible materials and production methods, Patagonia also make sure everyone of their employees is treated fairly, from the shop floor to factories all over the world. They also donate a percentage of their yearly profits to environmental initiatives and community projects across the world.
Patagonia have been recycling polyester since 1993 as it’s so much better for the planet than using un-recycled polyester. Patagonia make use of many different materials, such as plastic bottles, worn out polyester products, and manufacturing waste, which not only constructively uses materials which are hard to dispose of, but uses less energy than making polyester from scratch.