Patagonia has spent decades climbing, biking, backpacking and paddling in it: the classic P-6 logo endures. Here it’s printed (with PVC- and phthalate-free inks) on medium-weight organic cotton/ polyester fleece fabric with a bit of elastane for stretch. Classic full-zip hoody design and a casual, regular fit. Lined, two-panel hood traps heat. Rib-knit cuffs and hem won't lose their snap; two front patch pockets hold essentials. 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.