Patagonia Women's Long-Sleeved Island Hopper II Shirt
A superlight long-sleeved shirt in an easy-care, organic cotton and recycled polyester blend.
- Easy-care, organic cotton and recycled polyester blend
- Quick-drying fabric is highly breathable and comfortable, with 15-UPF sun protection
- Two chest pockets, one zipper closure for security
- Roll-up sleeve tabs
- 181 g (6.4 oz)
60% organic cotton/40% recycled polyester plain weave, with 15-UPF sun protectionView The Footprint Chronicles
Lacking fur, feathers or scales, we humans have to think up clever ways to protect ourselves from the sun. Products with the UPF designation provide built-in sun protection that won’t wear off.
To achieve sun protection, Patagonia takes a varied approach, depending on the degree of protection desired and the fabric used. Elements of the strategy can range from yarn selection to fabric construction to the use of special finishes (especially for light colors which generally provide less protection).
In 1996, with an increased awareness of the dangers of pesticide use and synthetic fertilizers in growing conventional cotton, we began the exclusive use of organically grown cotton in all of our cotton products.
The quality of organic cotton is equal to or better than conventionally grown cotton, yet organically grown methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and often use less water. Growing organically takes more time, requires more knowledge and skill, and, for now, costs more. But it’s worth it.
To ensure we are buying cotton that is organic as defined by the USDA’s National Organic Program, we require numerous certificates issued by an accredited third-party certification body for every step of the supply chain, from farm to factories.