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The Brodeo is a classic cuff beanie made with a recycled wool/recycled nylon blend. An everyday, do-all hat for checking surf, biking into town for coffee and backpacking in the high country, the Brodeo Beanie features a warm blend of recycled wool and li Read more..
The Brodeo is a classic cuff beanie made with a recycled wool/recycled nylon blend. An everyday, do-all hat for checking surf, biking into town for coffee and backpacking in the high country, the Brodeo Beanie features a warm blend of recycled wool and lightweight yet tough nylon. It feels smooth against skin, sheds moisture and insulates even when wet. A rib-knit cuff fits snugly around the ears for a good bond in bad weather.
70% recycled wool/25% recycled nylon/5% other fiber
This beanie has a shallow fit that skims the ears. Due to the nature of the yarn and construction, the beanie looks smaller but will stretch with wear.
Patagonia incorporates numerous materials to make our clothing and gear, and all of them, including wool, have an environmental cost. For starters, the production of wool requires vast amounts of land for grazing the sheep. In addition, wool production demands energy, water and chemicals to convert the wool from fleece shorn off the sheep into clean fiber of consistent quality, and then into beautifully dyed wool products.
One way to lessen the impact of wool production is to recycle used wool. The practice of recycling wool dates back hundreds of years. After wool sweaters had been worn threadbare, they were collected and shredded into individual fibers and then converted into blankets. Patagonia’s recycled wool comes from this same process. Aided by modern-day quality controls, the wool goes through a meticulous sorting of materials into color categories prior to shredding. By selecting and blending colors of dyed wool fabrics and garments, we can completely eliminate the dyeing process, saving water and chemicals and eliminating the resulting wastewater.
Like polyester, nylon fiber is made from petroleum. Although we’ve been substituting non-recycled polyester for recycled versions for 20 years, only in the last five have we begun swapping out non-recycled nylon for its recycled replacement. For some reason locked deep in polymer chemistry, nylon is more difficult to recycle than polyester. After years of research, development, and testing, we’re finally finding some recycled nylon fibers that are suitable for apparel and can pass our rigorous tests of manufacturability and product quality.
Some of the recycled nylon we use comes from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fiber. Another recycled nylon fiber we are experimenting with is re-created from discarded industrial fishing nets.
In 1993 we were the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to adopt fleece made from post consumer recycled (PCR) plastic soda bottles into our line. Twenty years later however, we’re still searching for a similar success story with recycled nylon. The challenge lies ahead of us, and we’re committed to discovering the best methods to recycle nylon fiber, but it appears this evolution will take many years.
In any case, incorporating as much recycled nylon as we can lessens our dependence on petroleum as a raw material source. It curbs discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions from incinerators. It helps promote new recycling streams for nylon products that are no longer usable. And it causes less air, water, and soil contamination compared to using non-recycled nylon.