Cruelty-free recycled poly outerwear
Outerwear that's not down with down
Words— Frank And Oak staff
After re-evaluating how we produced our denim, we've continued our eco-friendly efforts and moved our sights to outerwear.
We've re-examine how we make our products and why we make them. Fashion is the second dirtiest industry behind oil. With this in mind, we found new factories and suppliers and thought hard about every product we wanted to bring to life. We decided that it was important to use more eco-friendly processes and more sustainable fabrics. It wasn’t enough to make clothing that is of lasting quality, it’s not enough that it’s also fashionable, it needs to do both of those things while being responsible.
With that, we made the decision to go cruelty-free and featherless with our outerwear. We also wanted to use recycled polyester. Here’s a little more of the nitty-gritty details about how we went about it.
3M™featherless Thinsulate™ technology
You've come across 3M™ products in your day to day before, even if you didn't know it. Maybe the scotch tape in your junk drawer is 3M™, but so are reflective street signs, cellphone screens, and other essentials things far beyond office supplies.
It also makes Thinsulate™, a kinder alternative to feathers. Thinsulate™ features a loose-fill insulation designed by scientists to mimic down when dry and is warmer than down when wet. It is very much recommended by ducks and geese.
But what is it exactly and how does it work? When it was created in 1978 the idea was to create a synthetic insulation that provided warmth without bulk.
It certainly does that. Thinsulate™ is made up of recycled fibres measured to be about 15 micrometres in diameter, making it light and easy to move in. These tiny fibres provide up to two times the warmth and insulation provided by duck down.
We’re not going to get super-scientific on you but Thinsulate™ contains a larger number of fibres in a smaller, tighter area (say, a puffer jacket), which creates a larger reduction of heat being able to flow from the pores. Less heat is able to escape but there’s just enough space that it’s breathable and moisture is allowed to escape.
With Thinsulate™ fibres being much finer than other synthetic or natural insulation materials, they trap more air with less space, making it a far more efficient insulator.
Although all of our performance outerwear is made with recycled materials including plastic bottles, here we're going to highlight our Explorer Winter Puffer Jacket as it uses REPREVE® fibres. Billions of plastic bottles go into landfills every year and REPREVE® is the leading, most trusted, branded performance fibres made from recycled materials.
Here's a quick look at how they do it.
REPREVE fibres find a new life for recycled materials but it also offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserves water and energy in the process. That makes a huge difference.