Patagonia Advocates Recycled Content in Bag Collection

The 25 styles in Patagonia’s Recycled Black Hole bag collection are made from 100 percent recycled polyester body fabric and webbing.

Understanding that using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on fossil fuels and keeps plastic bottles out of landfills, Patagonia brings to market a new collection of Recycled Black Hole bags. Ten million plastic bottles were used to build the 100 percent recycled body fabric and webbing used to make the fabric of these trusty travel bags.

The Fall ’19 collection features 25 new 100 percent recycled Black Hole bags. Durable and water-resistant, each Recycled Black Hole bag is backed by Patagonia’s Ironclad Guarantee.

The Recycled Black Hole bag line reflects Patagonia’s advocacy efforts for the use of earth-friendly fabrications, and the firm’s move toward 100 percent renewable and recycled raw materials.

The company states, “Less than one percent of material used to make clothing gets turned into new clothing every year. To truly make an impact, we need industry-wide change. If the clothing industry recycled at the same rate as Patagonia, we could reduce the equivalent emissions needed to power every household in California for one year.”

According to the company, Patagonia has removed 20,000 tons of CO2e by using recycled content in one year, stating, “If we all did this together, we could remove 114,000,000 tons of CO2e.”

(The calculation is based on extrapolating Patagonia’s current fabric mix (75 percent polyester, 12 percent cotton, 5 percent nylon, 2 percent down, 1 percent wool, 1 percent hemp and 4 percent other fiber types). According to the EPA emissions calculator, 114,000,000 metric tons of CO2e is equal to the amount of CO2e that results from the energy used in ~13,651,060 homes. According to census data, the total number of households in California is 13 million.)