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    Closing the Loop - A Report on Patagonia's Common Threads Garment Recycling Program

    Common_threads_1 In Fall 2005, when we launched our new line of recyclable Capilene® Performance Base Layer garments, we also announced a five-year goal to make all Patagonia products recyclable through our new Common Threads Garment Recycling Program. This program invites customers to return used-up clothing and delivers the retired garments to a fiber manufacturer that uses those items to make new products. As we near 2010, the five-year window for our goal has shrunk to one and a half years. Will we meet the goal? This report discusses the progress we've made - and steps we have yet to take. 

    Closed-Loop Recycling in Context

    It is important to remember that Common Threads is a key - but single - component of Patagonia's efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. In addition to garment recycling, we choose — where possible — raw materials (aka "e-Fibers”) that cause less environmental harm than do their conventional or non-recycled counterparts. We became a bluesign® brand member to encourage our fabric suppliers to reduce their resource consumption and better manage toxic chemicals. Through our Web mini-site, The Footprint Chronicles, we track, measure and report the environmental impacts of the many products we make. We build everything to high quality standards, with the idea that the best products simply last longer and require less-frequent replacement. We design clothing that retains its appeal for many years, not in-and-out fashion trends that end up abandoned in a closet. Also, we encourage consumers to wear out our products - or give them to someone who can. Even our retail stores will sometimes repatriate clothing donated to the Common Threads Recycling Program to local nonprofits, if the stuff still has wear and life in it. If, after a lifetime of use, a garment can be reused or handed-down no more, we provide Common Threads as a final destination, so that worn, used, and abused products can be recycled and made into new garments.      

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    Recycle Your Old Climbing Ropes

    Climbing_rope1 In the spirit of our Common Threads Garment Recycling program, Sterling Rope Company is launching a climbing rope recycling program in partnership with Rock/Creek Outfitters, ClimbingGear.com, and the Triple Crown Bouldering Series. Old ropes will be sent to a recycling facility where they'll be melted into nylon pellets and remade into common household items.

    Read "Sterling Rope Recycling Program" on Climbing.com for all the details.

    Thumbs-up to everyone involved with this new program.

    [With thanks to Steve House, RB and George. Photo: Free]

    Podclimber & Timmy O'Neill Part Two

    Lgjapfood In part two of Podclimber's behind-the-scenes with Timmy O'Neill and the making of the Common Threads Garment Recycling video things get a little more uncommon. Timmy and Morning Glory Farr visit a Buddhist temple, interview Nagai from the Patagonia Shibuya store and have a run-in with the bidet in their hotel room. Patagonia is not responsible for the splash damage from this episode.

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    [Photo courtesy of TimmyO'Neill.com]

    Weekend Entertainment: Podclimber Goes Behind the Scenes with Agent Timmy

    Lgjapkaraoke The audio/video wizards over at Podclimber are featuring a series of podcasts with Patagonia ambassador Timmy O'Neill and the crew who made our Common Threads Garment Recycling video. Host LarryB goes behind the scenes during the making of the video to give us a listen at what exactly went down in Tokyo, Japan. Big thanks to Podclimber for putting these together. We'll feature all three episodes throughout the coming week, starting with episode one right here. Have a great weekend everybody and thanks for visiting The Cleanest Line.

    The Story Behind the Undies Video - Episode 1

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    [Photo courtesy of TimmyOneill.com]

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