Patagonia's Common Threads Recycling Program. Photo: Patagonia
In an effort to help build the "next, more sustainable economy," Patagonia has launched the Common Threads Initiative, which encourages consumers to buy less clothing; it is the next step to--and not to be confused with--their not to be confused with their Common Threads Recycling Program. WWD reports:
Self-defeating as that might sound, founder Yvon Chouinard said this unconventional approach will "increase my business like crazy," namely because the brand will cut into competitors' sales. Over the past few years, the recession has made people more conservative about spending, more interested in long-lasting and better-quality items, he said.
Patagonia's four R's: Reduce, Repair, Reuse and Recycle
The brand's four-pronged approach includes buying fewer clothing items of excellent quality; repairing clothing and footwear, by mending a broken zipper or resoling a pair of shoes; sell, trade or donate clothes when you're done with them; and recycling materials that can no longer be worn.