American outdoor brand Patagonia has been supporting the development of NetPlus since 2014. This initiative from Bureo works directly with fishermen to collect discarded fishing net waste, and through recycling, these nets are turned into NetPlus fabric and ready to be used in the production of a range of products. With 2022 coming to an end, Patagonia has just upgraded its Down Sweater collection through the use of NetPlus 100% postconsumer recycled nylon for the outwear’s entire shell.
While the switch doesn’t come as much of a surprise since Patagonia has always been an advocate of sustainable manufacturing, it’s still great to see as fishing nets are one of the main contributors of ocean plastic pollution. The Netplus recycled nylon ripstop is finished with a durable water-repellent coating that doesn’t contain per fluorinated chemicals. For additional warmth and insulation, all of the 800-fill-power down is certified by Responsible Down Standard, ensuring the animal welfare practices in the down and feather supply chain are fully taken care of.
The collection offers more than just one style. In addition to the Down Sweater, there’s also the Down Sweater Vest that only weighs 8.9 oz, while the Down Sweater Hoody further seals in warmth with the single-pull-adjustable hood. All pieces from the collection come with hem adjusters with a cord lock to keep warmth in, and can be folded inside the internal pocket for easy carrying. A repair patch to use for quick fixes on the go is even included, which just further proves the brand’s mission to encourage a sustainable lifestyle through its products.