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Cotopaxi – Repurposing Materials for High Quality Gear

by / Tuesday, 17 July 2018 / Published in Blog

Everyone appreciates good design. Something durable and functional, while standing out individually as a unique product. But what happens to all of those scraps of fabric, and little pieces or parts left over from those great products? In traditional retail, about 35% of fabric scraps end up as waste. Cotopaxi decided to mix things up and use those scraps that in the past had ended up in the trash to make gear! Check out Cotopaxi’s Del Dia Collection to see how they utilized the factory scraps.

How it Works

Here’s how it all works. Factories notify Cotopaxi when they have extra materials. Then they calculate how much of those materials can be used for their Repurposed Collection. Cotopaxi will use everything from scraps of fabric, thread, to buckles and zippers! Expert sewers build their gear in Cotopaxi’s factory in the Philippines.

Luzon Del Dia, a backpack made completely out of spare materials in Cotopaxi factories.

Del Dia Collection

The Del Día collection takes this creative process one step further. Each of these packs are made with a variety of remnant materials, and the employees that sew them have complete creative control. This makes each of these day-packs a one-of-a-kind. This Luzon 18L do-everything-at-anytime pack features a drawstring closure, over a large main compartment. This day-pack is made of lightweight, yet durable ripstop nylon shell fabric, adding functionality to the playful design. The straps are made of an ultralight mesh, making them breathable and able to fit the majority of body types.

The design also features an extra zipper pocket in the front of the pack, as well as an internal sleeve for hydration!

Aside from making unique gear equipment, this philanthropic company also makes apparel.

Here at Appalachian Outfitters we have their colorful, unisex Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker. To create this product, Cotopaxi has repurposed polyester taffeta and completed this great design with a ripstop DWR finish. The elastic bindings at the hood, hem, and cuffs make it great for everybody, helping this jacket to fit to you. Worried about ventilation? Don’t be! There is venting on the backside of the jacket. Aside from the two outside pockets, the Teca Windbreaker also features a small pocket on the inside of the jacket! This nifty little storage pocket also doubles as a stuff sack. Making this a fantastic windbreaker for camping, hiking, or just about any outdoor adventure that you could get yourself into.

This unique brand blends their philanthropic pursuits and their high quality products beautifully. This certified B-Corp company creates outdoor products and events, then gives 2% of their yearly revenue to help alleviate poverty. Giving to organizations such as International Rescue Committee and Proximity designs to help provide education, and health in developing countries. Come visit Appalachian Outfitters today to take a peek at their collection!

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