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March 2007

Polartec fabrics now recyclable

Malden Mills Industries, Inc., has announced that all Polartec® fabrics produced over the past 16 years are now recyclable through Patagonia's expanded Common Threads Recycling Program.

Malden Mills CEO, Michael Spillane, states, "Since the Polartec brand was launched in 1991, we have produced enough fabric to create over 300 million garments worldwide. The breakthrough to be able to recycle this fabric now creates a huge new 'closed-loop' resource for recycled polyester."

Patagonia's Common Threads Recycling Program will take back not only Patagonia branded fleece, Capilene and cotton tees, but any garment containing the Polartec sew-in label or that can be documented to be Polartec fabric.

Garments that have exhausted their natural life can be returned to Patagonia retail stores or the Reno Service Center.


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