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Patagonia's Common Threads Recycling Program

Patagonia's Common Threads Recycling Program

Do you ever think about how much stuff ends up in the trash? So much crap ends up in the dump after we're done using it, and most of it won't biodegrade.

The people over at Patagonia are working to help this problem. In 2005 they launched their Common Threads Recycling Program. Customers can return their worn out Capilene Performance Baselayers to Patagonia for recycling. They've also added Patagonia fleece, Polartec fleece from other manufacturers, and Patagonia organic cotton T-shirts to their list of recyclables.

Their long-term goal is to take environmental responsibility for everything they make. After you give up your used clothes, they use the recycled materials to make new clothes. Here's a crazy (and long) video explaining Patagonia's program. It talks about recycling your "undies," but they are referring to capilene long underwear (also called baselayers).

Doing a little end of summer closet clean-out and interested in recycling your old clothes? To find out how

  1. You can either mail your washed item(s) to the Patagonia Service Center at:

    Patagonia Service Center
    ATTN: Common Threads Recycling Program
    8550 White Fir Street
    Reno, NV 89523-8939

  2. Or drop them off at the Patagonia retail shop nearest you.

Pretty cool, huh? If you choose to recycle your old clothes, you'll gain the satisfaction of knowing that your old polyester garments will not end up in a landfill or an incinerator, and that future Patagonia products will require significantly less virgin polyester (less oil) than products from seasons past. You'll feel good knowing your actions are helping the Earth.

Join The Conversation
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
thats so great! i haven't had anything from patagonia get worn out enough to need to be recycled, but if or when i do... i am wearing some of their pants now. so comfy for home-use...but they are also my hiking pants.
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 9 years
i love patagonia....they are just such a GRAND company!
cunites cunites 9 years
I had some ancient capilene layers I was thinking about sending back to Patagonia to recycle, but I decided it would be more useful if I donated them. I was a bit disappointed that there was no incentive from Patagonia to return the clothes for recylcling, but I do appreciate that they explain on the website that you should not go out of your way to return the clothes if it means the use of excess fuels.
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