Who says comfortable means a baggy T-shirt? Patagonia does not. Which is why they created the Blythewood Top. A soft, light tri-blend jersey made with 50% polyester/25% organic cotton/25% Tencel lyocell provides an elegant drape, slightly dropped shoulders a modern look, and front and back princess seams for shape. Scoop neck and sleeves finished with a 1" x 1" rib knit. It has a T-shirt hemline and hip length. Fair Trade Certified sewing.
In 1996, with an increased awareness of the dangers of pesticide use and synthetic fertilizers in growing conventional cotton, Patagonia began the exclusive use of organically grown cotton in all of their cotton products. The quality of organic cotton is equal to or better than conventionally grown cotton, yet organically grown methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and often use less water. Growing organically takes more time, requires more knowledge and skill, and, for now, costs more. But it´s worth it. To ensure we are buying cotton that is organic as defined by the USDA´s National Organic Program, we require numerous certificates issued by an accredited third-party certification body for every step of the supply chain, from farm to factories.
Fair Trade Certified
Patagonia pays a premium for every Fair Trade Certified item that carries this label. That extra money goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it. The program also promotes worker health and safety and social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialog between workers and management. Fair Trade is one of the first tools which they use at Patagonia to raise workers´ wages, improve their standard of living and move them closer to earning a living wage.