To be considered essential, any Patagonia sportswear style must first embody enduring quality, versatility and simplicity. The design should be timeless, not subject to the whims of fashion.

But an essential Patagonia sportswear piece must also be responsibly made—above all durable, but also made of materials that are environmentally preferable to conventional alternatives. Uncommon but nonetheless essential practices include our use of organic cotton, recycled polyester, hemp, and two responsible-sourcing initiatives: bluesign approved chemistry and Fair Trade certification—because the people who build the garment should, at minimum, work in safe conditions with good environmental practices and be paid a fair wage.

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