Patagonia recently announced that its updated Down Sweater is now made using recycled fishing nets that were collected from fishers along the coast of South America and transformed into NetPlus recycled nylon ripstop fabric. Find more details here…

In another small step toward producing its goods more sustainably, Patagonia just announced that its popular Down Sweater is now being produced from discarded fishing nets, which they say is one of the most harmful forms of plastic pollution. According to the company (which the owner, Yvon Chouinard, recently gave away to a specially designed non-profit organization that works toward combating climate change), they’ve already converted some 118 metric tons of fishing nets into new jackets. They say that’s about 88 sedans’ worth of plastic that won’t be going into the ocean, and we commend them for that.

In total, there are now more than 100 items in Patagonia’s catalog that are made using NetPlus recycled nylon ripstop made from fishing nets. Patagonia’s partner, Bureo, collects and transforms nets from local fishers along the South American coasts and repurposes them into a material that can be used for creating new garments. According to Patagonia, “This process helps protect wildlife, provide fishing communities with extra income and reduce reliance on fossil fuels used to make plastic.” After being cleaned up, the nets are shredded, melted, and then woven into fabric, eventually becoming part of something you can wear.

The updated Patagonia Down Sweater is available now in a wide range of men’s, women’s, and kid’s sizes in several colors. There are versions with or without a hood, as well as a vest. Men’s and women’s Down Sweater Hoodies are priced at $329, the hoodless version is $279, and vests are $229.

You can find additional details about the updated Down Seater at

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