Patagonia's industry 'first' utilises 100% recycled fishing net

Patagonia recycled fishing net news
Patagonia is utilising recycled fishing net in a new collection of products (Image credit: Patagonia)

The latest climate saving move in the outdoors clothing industry comes from Patagonia. Already well-known for a range of environmentally friendly processes and designs, as well as sustainable hiking clothes, the company now utilises recycled fishing net fabric.

Patagonia has partnered with with Bureo, which works with more than 50  fishing communities in South America to provide an incentivised programme to collect, clean, sort and recycle discarded fishing nets.

The result is Patagonia’s new NetPlus material, which provides a positive end-of-use solution to harmful ocean pollution and is made from 100% recycled fishing net.


Fishing net is saved from ocean waste and re-used as a fabric  (Image credit: Patagonia)

NetPlus is now being used across 10 different Patagonia styles for adults and children, in addition to being integrated into the trims, pockets and plackets of many more products.

This type of material is said to be a first for the industry. By using it in key outerwear styles and hat brims, Patagonia has claimed the it was able to divert 105 tons of discarded fishing nets from ending up as ocean rubbish.

One of the products that utilises NetPlus is Patagonia's Downdrift Jacket. The product also features recycled down and is Fair Trade certified sewn.

Fiona Russell
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Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favorite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing (both downhill and backcountry). Aside from her own adventures, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy getting outside and exploring, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.