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10+ Brands That Create Hoodies Made From Recycled Materials

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Why create clothing from recycled materials?

Fashion companies leave a big environmental footprint. They use a ton of oil to create fabrics like polyester and nylon. This contributes to global warming and pollution.

In addition, millions of plastic bottles are discarded into the oceans on a yearly basis. 

As a result, fashion brands are creating clothing and shoes made from recycled plastic bottles.  While this does not solve the pollution problem, it does help reduce oil consumption and remove some plastic from the oceans.

This process is called “closed loop production” which are techniques to make new goods out recycled materials.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, otherwise known as the common plastic bottle, is the most frequently recycled material used to replace virgin synthetics like polyester.

The Best Hoodies Made From Recycled Materials

Richer Poorer Hoodie

Recycled Polyester
40%
Cotton
60%

Each hoodie is comprised of approximately 40 plastic bottles from landfills, which equates to 40% recycled polyester.

  • Headquarters: California, United States
  • Manufacturing Locations: Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Guatemala, Peru, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, United States.
  • Vegan: Yes

Patagonia Los Gatos Hooded Pullover - Women's

Recycled Polyester Fleece
100%

100% recycled polyester fleece – each hoodie contains an average of 30 plastic bottles. Recycled content helps to reduce Patagonia’s CO2 emissions by 510,000 pounds per year.

This oversized pullover hoodie is soft, warm, and functional and sewn in a Fair Trade Certified Factory. It is also bluesign approved and not processed with toxic chemicals. Available in styles for both women and men.

  • Headquarters: United States
  • Manufacturing Locations: China, Colombia, India, Japan, Nicaragua, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, United States.
  • Certifications: Remake Approved, Global Organic Textile Standard, B Corp, Fair Trade Certified, Open Apparel Registry.
  • Responsible Packaging: Patagonia uses 100% recyclable materials for packaging and shipping, and bans the user of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BPA (Bisphenol A), DMF (Dimethyl fumarate), Hexavalent chromium and PLA (polylactic acid) and any materials containing GMO feedstock.
  • Sustainability: Patagonia has a self-imposed 1% tax for the Planet to support environmental nonprofits. As of 2020, the company consumes 100% renewable electricity in the United States and 76 percent globally. By 2025 Patagonia plans to be a zero-waste-to-landfill company.
Fair Trade Companies Coalatree
Recycled Polyester
60%
Recycled Coffee Grounds
40%

Each hoodie is made with 100% recycled materials – 60% recycled polyester and 40% coffee grounds, containing an average of 3 cups coffee grounds and 10 plastic bottles.

The Full-Zip Evolution Hoodie is made from used coffee grounds that are melted down and blended with recycled plastic bottles. The resulting product is a hoodie with a non-toxic, water-repellent DWR exterior that’s excellent for travel and outdoor excursions in any weather.

  • Headquarters: United States
  • Certifications: Clothing is produced in BlueSign approved responsible and sustainable manufacturing facilities
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Responsible Packaging: Clothing hangtags and packaging for shipments are printed on post-consumer waste recycled paper.
  • Sustainability: Coalatree employs a closed loop CO2 vapor system to reuse stored CO2 and reduce water waste in the dyeing process. They also partner with factories that use energy efficient ventilation, and solar lighting.

Plant Faced Clothing Hoodie

Recycled Polyester
15%
Organic Cotton
85%

Each hoodies is 15% recycled polyester, 85% organic cotton, with water based, non-toxic dyes.

Inspired by Japanese streetwear culture, this hoodie is made with 100% Certified Organic Cotton and sewn in a Fair Trade certified factory.

  • Headquarters: United Kingdom
  • Certifications: Fair Wear Foundation, WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), Global Organic Textile Standard, OEKO-TEX® Non-Toxic Textiles
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Responsible Packaging: Products are shipped in 100% recycled kraft paper and printed with water-based inks.
  • Sustainability: Plant Faced Clothing plants a tree for every item purchased.
  • Fair Trade: They state on their website that “nearly 100% of clothing is manufactured in Fair Wear or WRAP certified facilities.”
Tentree Burney Hoodie
Recycled Polyester
40%
Organic Cotton
60%

This soft fleece hoodie is made with 93% recycled polyester and a blend of organic cotton, wood-based TENCEL™ Lyocell and elastane.

Looks great with leggings or sweats.

  • Headquarters: Canada
  • Manufacturing Locations: China, India, Bangladesh, Poland, and Vietnam
  • Certifications: Certified B Corp.
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Responsible Packaging: The company has eliminated single use packaging, uses FSC certified and 100% recycled paper for tags and inserts, 100% recycled mailers and 100% post-consumer recycled, biodegradable plastic to protect clothing during transit. BDP is added to the plastic to ensure it biodegrades within 2-3 years after disposal. [3]
  • Sustainability: TenTree plants a tree for every product purchased. Their hoodies also use an average of 75% less water to produce. Customers can also purchase an “Offset Package”, which funds initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions.

Pure Waste Zip Hoodie

Recycled Polyester
40%
Recycled Cotton
60%

Each hoodies is 60% recycled cotton, 40% recycled polyester, excess knitting yarn used to make drawstrings.

  • Headquarters: Finland
  • Manufacturing Locations: Bangladesh, Estonia, Finland, India.
  • Certifications: Fair Trade Certified, Certified B Corp., Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative and Supplier Ethical Data Exchange certifications.
  • Responsible Packaging: Yes, 90% of their products are shipped in reusable RePack packages [4]
  • Sustainability: Pure Waste only uses 100% recycled fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfills, 90% of the energy used to power their factory comes from wind power.
  • Fair Trade: They are 100% compliant with local and international labor laws, do not employ any underage workers, and offer voluntary paid overtime. Their supply chain is BSCI-audited (Business Social Compliance Initiative), which verifies that fair trade labor policies are enforced.

Recover Recycled Hoodie Pullover

Recycled Polyester
50%
Up-cycled Cotton
50%

Hoodie made from 100% recycled content – 50% recycled polyester and 50% up-cycled cotton.

  • Headquarters: Charleston, North Carolina
  • Manufacturing Locations: Produced in North Carolina, supply chain for organic cotton is located in Guatemala and Haiti.
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainability: In order reduce CO2 emissions, Recover sources their recycled PET plastic from within 150 miles of their Charlotte warehouse. Their optimized manufacturing process achieves 66% less energy consumption, 35% less greenhouse gas emissions,  and 55% less water consumption. The company also founded the non-profit “Protect Our Parks” to inspire people to cherish and conserve parks and forests.
  • Fair Trade: The entire supply chain is US based to ensure that basic labor laws are upheld, including minimum wage, safe working environments and hourly work day limits. Recover helps fund co-ops and organizations that create ethical jobs, provide educational opportunities for girls and women, and pay workers living wages.

Cotopaxi Pullover Hoodie

Recycled Polyester
40%
Organic Cotton
60%

Hoodie made with 40% recycled materials – a blend of 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester.

  • Headquarters: United States
  • Manufacturing Locations: Cambodia, China, India, Phillipines
  • Certifications: Fair Trade Certified, Certified B Corp., Climate Neutral Certified
  • Vegan: No, the company uses sustainably sourced llama wool.
  • Sustainability: Cotopaxi donates 1% of its revenue each year to a non-profit working to improve the quality of life and alleviate property for specific groups of people. Past funds have included working to eradicate Malaria in Latin America to providing small business loans for Columbian and Venezuelan refugees.
  • Fair Trade: As stated on their website “Each one of our factories agrees to a rigorous code of conduct, completes an audit or relevant certification, and agrees to help promote fair labor practices.”

Pangaia Sustainable Hoodies

  • Headquarters: Germany
  • Manufacturing Locations: Portugal, Italy, Turkey
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Fair Trade: The company’s production is in the European Union and has a Code of Conduct that includes some of the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms. Suppliers are required to adhere to the Pangaia code of conduct and Modern Slavery Act policy regarding the treatment of workers.

Zen Threads Eco Fleece Hoodie

Recycled Polyester
33%
Organic Cotton & Materials
67%

Eco fleece is a tri-blend fabric made from recycled and organic materials, including cotton and polyester.

  • Headquarters: California, United States
  • Manufacturing Locations: Sacramento, California
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Vegan: Yes as stated on their website.
  • Sustainability: The company hand crafts all its products, and uses non-toxic, eco, water-based inks that are safe for the environment.
  • Fair Trade: Zen Studios adheres to US and California laws regarding labor, wages and workplace safety.

Why are hoodies made from recycled materials?

Closed loop production systems recycle discarded materials to make new products. This is done to reduce the amount of trash in the ocean and in landfills. A variety of sustainable products are useful for recycling, including mittens made from recycled materials, hoodies made from recycled materials and brands that make workout gear made from recycled plastic.

Polyester is particularly polluting because it is made from melted down PET plastic pellets. Unfortunately, polyester is also widely used to make hoodies.

According to the UN Environment Program, 380 million tons of plastic are produced each year and one million plastic bottles are purchased around the world each minute. If we keep up this pace, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.

The clothing industry is working to alleviate this problem by using recycled polyester derived from PET plastic to create new clothing – called rPET. This fabric is created by gathering plastic bottles (typically from the ocean), and reusing these pellets to create polyester fiber. Creating clothing from recycled materials is also more energy efficient. According to the clothing brand Pure Waste, hoodies made from discarded and/or recycled materials use an average of 99% less water and 50% fewer CO2 emissions. [1] In this article we explore sustainable clothing brands that are using a beloved fashion staple – the iconic hoodie – as a vehicle for recycling.  We delve into innovative ways people are creating cool new hoodies made from recycled materials.

Final Thoughts

Humans are creating trash at an unprecedented rate. If we keep up this pace, there will be more trash on the planet than anything else. Fair Trade Finder provides recommendations on everything from workout gear made from recycled plastic to mittens made from recycled sweaters. While these efforts are not nearly enough to solve the problem (that will require humans to stop creating new plastic), they are positive trends which at a minimum do not create additional trash. As we continuously create new products, we simultaneously throw away old products no longer deemed useful. However, a lot of what we consider to be trash can actually be recycled and reused to create brand new products. This both reduces the volume of trash entering our environment while also satisfying the need to consume. Innovative companies are employing a variety of techniques to offset the negative consequences of fast fashion. Sustainable fashion companies are recycling plastic bottles, cotton, fleece, discarded bicycle inner tubes, insulation and fishing nets into textile materials like polyester and rubber, and using organic waste like apple, mushroom, pineapple and cork to create alternatives to animal-based leather and suede. In many ways, this is a key component to sustainable living, as the fundamental goal is to consume trash to create new products, thereby decreasing the environmental impact of production and consumption. [2]

Thea skirt Spirulina gum print

Thea skirt Spirulina gum print

Organic Cotton

Labor Equity

  • Gender: Women
  • Location: Australia
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Materials: Locally sourced, certified organic fabrics.
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: All items are produced at the family-owned facilities in Brisbane, Australia. This ensures a living wage and safe workplace conditions.
  • Price Range: $100 – $200

 

Women's Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T® Pullover

Women’s Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T® Pullover

Eco-Friendly

Vegan Materials

Organic Cotton

Labor Equity
  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: United States
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: Remake Approved, Global Organic Textile Standard, B Corp, Fair Trade Certified, Open Apparel Registry
  • Materials: In 2020 Patagonia transitioned to the Nano Puff® 100% recycled PrimaLoft® Insulation with P.U.R.E™ textile — reducing CO2 emissions by 510,000 pounds annually. 
  • Sustainable Features: Patagonia has a self-imposed 1% tax for the Planet to support environmental nonprofits.
  • Price Range: $90 – $300
Colorful Standard Women's Classic Organic Zip Hoodie

Colorful Standard Women’s Classic Organic Zip Hoodie

Eco-Friendly

Organic Cotton

Non Toxic Chemical Free

Labor Equity

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Denmark
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: OEKO-TEX® Non-Toxic Textiles
  • Materials: Environmentally Friendly Dyes and 100% organic cotton.
  • Vegan: No, the company uses Merino Wool in some products.
  • Sustainable Features: The company’s workforce is based in Portugal and operates under European Union Labour Law, which ensures a high level of workplace safety and that all employees receive a living wage.
  • Price Range: $35 – $100
Honest Basics Women's Crew Neck Sweater

Honest Basics Women’s Crew Neck Sweater

Eco-Friendly

Organic Cotton

Non Toxic Chemical Free

Labor Equity

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Germany
  • Shipping: Europe
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Materials: Organic, vegan fabrics
  • Vegan: Yes, certified by PETA
  • Sustainable Features: The company employs equitable labor practices and ensures all receive a living wage.
  • Price Range: $15 – $100 (prices in euros)
Pangaia Sustainable Hoodies

Pangaia Sustainable Hoodies

Eco-Friendly

Organic Cotton

Labor Equity

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Germany
  • Shipping: Europe
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Materials: Organic fabrics
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: the company’s production is in the European Union and has a Code of Conduct that includes some of the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms.
  • Price Range: $30 – $300 (prices in euros)
Picture Organic Clothing Esme Hoodie

Picture Organic Clothing Women’s Esme Hoodie

Eco-Friendly

Organic Cotton

Non Toxic Chemical Free

Labor Equity

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: France
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: B Corp., Fair Wear Foundation
  • Materials: 100% recycled, organic or ethically sourced materials.
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: The company produces 84% of their products from 2 factories – one in China and one in Turkey. The founders regularly visit the facilities, and workplace safety is evaluated by third party organizations.
  • Price Range: $50 – $300 (prices in euros)
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