Patagonia is known for its fleece, and for good reason. Its comfortable, soft and made with minimal impact on the environment. Patagonia fleece pullovers are available in men, women and children sizes and is a great go-to jacket for spring and fall. Available in full zip, quarter zip, and vest styles along with a large selection of solid colors and prints, you'll surely find a Patagonia fleece to match your personality.
Did you know your new Patagonia fleece likely originated from an old Patagonia fleece? In 2005, Patagonia began taking back old Patagonia fleece apparel to recycle into their new garments. You can always return your old, worn-out fleece to Patagonia where it will recycle your clothes into new fabric, re-sell it or make it into a new product. Since 1993, Patagonia has been using recycled soda bottles in its polyester fibers for its new clothing -- the first outdoor clothing company to do so. Mother Earth thanks you, Patagonia!
Patagonia divides up their fleece into three categories: casual fleece, technical fleece and fair trade fleece.
Casual Fleece: Patagonia’s soft and durable fleece is an investment backed by the Patagonia Guarantee that never goes out of style. Comfy and casual, you can wear these fleeces around the house or for just about any activity. The Retro Pile, Better Sweater, Los Gatos and Synchilla fleece jackets and pullovers fit into this category.
Technical Fleece: Designed for high exertion experiences, the Patagonia technical fleece products are warm, breathable and moisture-wicking. Patagonia uses R1 and R2 in many of its technical fleece pieces. R2 corresponds to 200 wt classic Polartec fleece. R2 is heavier and warmer than the R1 (100 wt). The R1 has a cross weave power grid technology which provides breathability. They both offer similar durability and weather resistance capabilities. The R1 is best for high exertion activities whereas the R2 is better for staying warm around town.
Fair Trade Certified Fleece: When you see a product with the Fair Trade Certified seal, you can be sure it was made according to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards. People making Fair Trade Certified goods work in safe conditions, protect the environment, build sustainable livelihoods and earn additional money to empower and uplift their communities.
What makes a factory Fair Trade Certified?
- Rigorous standards for health and safety
- Respect for the environment
- No child or forced labor
- Maternity and paid leave
- Community empowerment
- Additional money back to workers
Patagonia supports the people who make their sweaters by using only Fair Trade Certified factories that positively impact the lives of over 6,000 people. The Fair Trade premiums they make help support school fees and day care expenses for the workers’ children. Patagonia offers more Fair Trade Certified styles than any other apparel brand.
All of the Patagonia Better Sweater and Synchilla Snap-T styles are Fair Trade Certified sewn.