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Patagonia's Newest Line Highlights Sustainable Hemp Fabric

By Aimee Lutkin

Patagonia is a brand that claims to filter all of its creative decisions through the the philosophy that they're "building the best product, causing the least harm" with all of their products. They recently announced that they're moving away from using synthetic dyes, experimenting with their "Clean Color Collection," which offers 13 different T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, polos, pants, and shorts dyed with natural ingredients like mulberry leaves and pomegranate rinds. 

Their new Workwear line is being made with Forge Hemp Canvas, a blend they designed that Treehugger reports is made up of "12.9 oz blend of 55% hemp (pesticide-free), 27% recycled polyester, and 18% organically grown cotton." 

In the interview below, Senior Manager of Material Innovation and Development, Sarah Hayes, says that the company loves the versatility of hemp, as it grows with little or no irrigation, requires no fertilizer or pesticide, can thrive in many different regions, and sometimes improves soil health where it is planted.