Patagonia Ear Flap Hat
Updated this season with a new shape and recycled wool/nylon blended yarn, the Ear Flap Hat has great coverage for extra-cold days.
- Soft recycled wool/nylon blend keeps your head and ears warm on the coldest days
- The side flaps cover your ears for extra warmth and comfort
- There are two braided tassels on the ear flaps and a small one on top for added style and fun
- Body: 70% recycled wool/25% recycled nylon/5% other fiber. Lining: 5.6-oz 100% polyester fleece
- 133 g (4.7 oz)
- Made in China.
Although we’ve been using recycled polyester in our garments for 20 years, for some reason locked deep in polymer chemistry, nylon is more difficult to recycle than polyester. After years of research, development, and testing, we’re finally finding some recycled nylon fibers that are suitable for apparel.
Some of the recycled nylon we use comes from post-industrial waste fiber, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fiber.
We’re diligently searching for a success story with recycled nylon. The challenge lies ahead of us, and we’re committed to discovering the best methods to recycle nylon fiber, but it appears this evolution will take many years.
One of the ways we can lessen the impact of wool production is to recycle used wool.
The practice of recycling wool dates back hundreds of years. After wool sweaters had been worn threadbare, they were collected and shredded into individual fibers and then converted into blankets.
Patagonia’s recycled wool comes from this same process. Aided by modern-day quality controls, the wool goes through a meticulous sorting of materials into color categories prior to shredding. By selecting and blending colors of dyed wool fabrics and garments, we can completely eliminate the dyeing process, saving water and chemicals and eliminating the resulting wastewater.