Keeping it simple, the Brodeo from Patagonia is a classic cuff beanie made with a recycled wool/recycled nylon blend.
An everyday, do-all hat for checking surf, biking into town for coffee and backpacking in the high country, the Brodeo Beanie features a warm blend of recycled wool and lightweight yet tough nylon. It feels smooth against skin, sheds moisture and insulates even when wet. A rib-knit cuff fits snugly around the ears for a good bond in bad weather.
Warm and comfortable recycled wool/recycled nylon blend
2½" rib-knit cuff fits snugly around ears
82 g (2.9 oz)
Size & Fit
This beanie has a shallow fit that skims the ears. Due to the nature of the yarn and construction, the beanie looks smaller but will stretch with wear.
One of the ways we can lessen the impact of wool production is to recycle used wool.
The practice of recycling wool dates back hundreds of years. After wool sweaters had been worn threadbare, they were collected and shredded into individual fibres and then converted into blankets.
Patagonia’s recycled wool comes from this same process. Aided by modern-day quality controls, the wool goes through a meticulous sorting of materials into colour categories prior to shredding. By selecting and blending colours of dyed wool fabrics and garments, we can completely eliminate the dyeing process, saving water and chemicals and eliminating the resulting wastewater.
Although we’ve been using recycled polyester in our garments for 20 years, for some reason locked deep in polymer chemistry, nylon is more difficult to recycle than polyester. After years of research, development, and testing, we’re finally finding some recycled nylon fibres that are suitable for apparel.
Some of the recycled nylon we use comes from post-industrial waste fibre, yarn collected from a spinning factory, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fibre.
We’re diligently searching for a success story with recycled nylon. The challenge lies ahead of us, and we’re committed to discovering the best methods to recycle nylon fibre, but it appears this evolution will take many years.