The Radically Responsible Redesign of Patagonia’s Black Hole Bag

Words by Katherine Oakes Englishman
Photos by Patagonia

When 10 million plastic bottles suddenly become a good thing, you know things have changed for the better. Patagonia’s latest sustainability initiative moved the needle by transforming 10 million plastic bottles into the materials for their much-loved Black Hole Bags. Tough, durable and water-resistant, the Black Hole Bags have always been designed to join you on wayward journeys (our favorite kind), and now the recycled content gives the durability an even bigger boost than before.

Due to the sheer volume, a large portion of plastic is not able to be recycled and often burned as an alternative.

Here are the specs: Patagonia’s new line of Black Hole Bags boast 100% recycled body fabric and webbing—using 10 million plastic bottles to create this eco-friendly material. You could even call it the 2.0 version, as this line of Black Hole Bags are even more tear and abrasion-resistant, so you need not worry about the inevitable wear and tear that comes with every adventure.

What’s more is that this particular usage of recycled plastics is helping to pioneer new and lucrative tactics to effectively tackle the issue of unused plastic waste. Despite the popular belief that recycling plastic bottles and materials will take care of the issue once and for all, more often than not, the opposite is true. Due to the sheer volume, a large portion of plastic is not able to be recycled and often burned as an alternative. This releases harmful and unnecessary carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

By transforming this last-resort waste into something that’s useful, it furthers the sustainability efforts of ethical supply chains all over the world. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the recycled products are even better than new ones. Sturdy and reliable, the Patagonia Black Hole Bags are raising the bar for adventure travel gear in more ways than one. Backed by their Ironclad guarantee, Patagonia’s ushering in a new era of high-performance gear that work hard and do good.

 

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