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bluesign is a voluntary initiative which evaluates textiles based on five criteria: resource productivity, consumer safety, air emission, water emission and occupational health and safety. Based in Switzerland, they use independent auditors to cover the entire production process from raw materials to finished product.
There are many elements to the bluesign standard, but if a fabric or facility has been certified then you can be sure that it causes no unnecessary environmental or human damage and is contributing towards a sustainable textile industry.
DWR stands for 'Durable Water Repellent'. This is a coating added to a fabric in the factory to make it water resistant. It helps stop jackets 'wetting out' and is used on garments which have breathable membranes and those which do not. In garments with breathable membranes 'wetting out' seriously reduced the breathability of the garment and so DWR treatment is an important part of the waterproofing proccess. DWR wears off over time and will need to be re applied with the appropriate Nikwax product.
Patagonia seek to build the best product and cause no unnecessary harm. As it applies to making products, they work hard to source materials and use processes that are less harmful to the Earth without compromising quality. At Patagonia quality is not only how well a product performs and holds up, but also how it's made.
The following are classified as E-fibers, which are more responsible alternatives to traditional materials: organic cotton, hemp, non-chlorine treated wool, recycled polyester, recycled nylon and Tencel lyocell.
Patagonia's recycled polyester is made using scraps from the cutting room floor and even old Capilene. Their recycled nylon is reprocessed from post-industrial fibers and yarn.
The Fair Labor Association believes that all goods should be produced fairly and ethically, and brings together three key groups: business, civil society organisations, and colleges and universities to find sustainable solutions to systemic labor issues.
The mission of the Fair Labor Association is to combine the efforts of to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards.
Lycra is the brand under which Invista markets spandex in the US, the UK and many other countries (it is also known as elastane and various other names). Spandex fibre was first developed in 1958 as a replacement for natural rubber in corsetry, where its elastic qualities were desirable. Its name is an anagram for 'expands' and it certainly does that, stretching to 7 times its initial length.
Spandex fibres are never used on their own but blended with other fibres to give fabrics stretchy properties. As little as 2% can make a huge difference to the feel of a fabric, adding comfort, fit, shape retention, durability and freedom of movement.
A staple for alpine rock, light and fast mixed climbing, ski touring and all things mountain, our soft-shell Simple Guide Pants deliver in every condition. They’re our lightest stretch-woven alpine climbing pants. The recycled polyester spandex double-weave blend stretches with your every stride, stays durable but lightweight, moves sweat, is now more breathable and still resists weather with a Deluge DWR finish.
The styling features an updated, more technical tapered fit in the lower legs, a 2-way zippered fly and a partially elasticised waistband. Other details include articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for mobility, and DWR-treated reverse-coil zippers on the pockets: two front, one thigh and one rear hip.
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