Mya Alfonso - Staff Writer
Here at Lone Peak we are lovers of Patagonia; you see it all over the school. You rarely find someone who doesn’t own some type of Patagonia, even something as small as a sticker. Patagonia has a lifetime warranty on all their clothes, and because a lot of people will send in their clothes with very small holes, they decided to create a program to patch and reuse these clothing items.
The goal of this is basically to help the environment. [By throwing away everything that is torn, instead of letting it end up the landfill.] With worn wear, if you have Patagonia clothing that can be repaired, and you are no longer in need of it you can trade it in for in for store credit.
Many people have shared their stories on social media or through the worn wear website. Some people have had amazing stories and have passed their Patagonia wear down generation through generation.
An example of one of these stories is about a man named Mike Greenberg, “I was setting up a student climb in the Three Sisters Wilderness in central Oregon in 1986. I locked off my descender and leaned in to pull on a suspected loose block on an overhanging wall. After resuming my rappel I felt a squeezing in my chest. When I looked down I saw that my purple, quilted, polypropylene jacket had been eaten entirely by the descender to the point where the flesh of my chest was also stuck in the descender. I had to “batman” up the rope in order to free my chest and jacket.
About 30 years later I passed the jacket to my oldest son before his cross-country road trip. Even with the hole in the upper chest it managed to provide him warmth on his way to Lake Solitude in Wyoming. He gave it a few new tears, and said that half the people he saw asked him where the jacket came from, and what had been done to it.
Hope the jacket makes it to my grandchildren and then another 30 years.”l
This is such a cool story and it’s amazing that even after what most would think is destroying a jacket, he was able to fix his jacket, and hopes to pass it down to his grandkids.
Kids are going to grow and basically destroy their clothes but this mom had a great idea. “As a child outgrows his clothing so fast, my son’s first jacket was still in good condition. I could have given it to somebody, but I made into a backpack so that he could use it longer. Last summer, he went to his first summer camp with the backpack. I totally agree with the idea ‘IF IT’S BROKE, FIX IT!’ I grew up in Japan, taught by my grandparents and parents who have suffered during and after WWII, I naturally use things respectfully, mend them, remake them, and use them again. Nothing to throw away, really. That became my work too. Upcycling and remaking kimonos, T-shirts, leather jackets, etc. at SekiWorks, I am happy to do what I believe.”
Along with all the cool stories about how they’re patching their clothes, there is a Worn Wear trailer that travels around the U.S. and Europe. This trailer will travel around and will repair and clothing that needs repair. This will mainly include Patagonia wear, however they will repair other clothing items. Along with repairing clothes, they will also sell used Patagonia clothing.
With the Worn Wear campaign, fewer clothing items are being disposed into Landfills. On their website wornwear.patagonia.com you can purchase used items for up to half off.