Patagonia 100% Recycled Black Hole
By Silvia Galliani
Patagonia’s commitment in protecting our environment is well known. It is clearly understandable by the Californian brand’s mission, “We are in business to save our home planet”. For the autumn of 2019 this commitment takes the form of a line of backpacks, travel bags, totes, duffel bags and hip packs made of 100% recycled materials. In the renewed Black Hole collection, virgin fabrics have been eliminated, limiting our dependence from oil products. Each fabric, lining and tapes gives a second life to about 10 million recycled plastic bottles and factory waste, reducing the entire collection’s CO2 emissions by 59% and not compromising the health of the planet.
The Black Hole line uses 900 denier post-consumer recycled polyester ripstop and 300 denier (22% solution-dyed) with TPU film laminate and DWR (durable water repellent) treatment. The lining is in 200 denier recycled polyester with a polyurethane coating and DWR treatment. All fabrics are approved by bluesign, the system that monitors the work of companies regarding processing and sustainable production of products.
The flagship item of the collection is the Black Hole Duffel, the water-resistant carry-all bag that allows you to organize all types of gears and offers the right amount of space for an adventurous weekend or a longer trip. It is made with 100% recycled fabric and lining and has a wide opening to access the main compartment, side zip pocket and mesh pockets under the flap. The padded shoulder strap is removable and the reinforced handles ensure easy transport. The base is padded to protect every contained object and the strong tape rings are reinforced for attaching gears. In the end the shoulder straps are padded for greater comfort and allow you to carry the bag like a backpack, making it a highly versatile object.
In this new Patagonia collection there is much more. 22 products that combine innovative design and sustainability, including an ultralight backpack, the Ultralight Black Hole Pack 20L, the new Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack 1L, lightweight and practical to carry anywhere, the intermediate size backpack Black Hole Pack 32L and the resistant Black Hole Gear Tote, the right bag where to stuff all kinds of gears.