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Fleece Comes Full Circle

Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword to Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller. It’s a defining principle that permeates every aspect of their design business.

Sam and Jennifer create products using a new kind of upcycled felt they call ReFleece. The only virgin materials used in their iPad and Kindle cases are thread for sewing and elastic bands or snaps for the enclosure. Everything else is recycled content. The outer, gray layer is
ReFleece, which is made from post-industrial recycled fleece scrap. The inside, colored layer is a piece of an old fleece jacket. ReFleece washes the jackets (collected through Patagonia's Common Threads Initiative) and cuts them into squares to line its cases.

The ReFleece raw material is made in the U.S., and the cases are manufactured, sewn and packaged in the U.S., too. That means Sam and Jennifer don’t have to ship the reclaimed jackets overseas for processing, which many recycling practices require. The husband-and-wife team also has worked hard to make their manufacturing process as low energy as possible (they use a pressing process rather than the high-heat re-melting routine that’s typical of fleece recycling).

Smart design is equally important to Sam and Jennifer. They’ve combined their experience working in the design, outdoor and solar industries to create streamlined, functional cases that protect your electronic devices and look great doing it. Traces of past adventures and life experiences are woven into every bit of fabric and recycled materials -- and they’re ready for more action.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer

    Hi folks – Jennifer here, co-founder of ReFleece. It’s fall here in New England, and all of a sudden we are building fires and cozying up in the evening to read, play games, and share stories with friends. ReFleece is a perfect companion right now: cozy but lightweight, and protective enough for when it’s time to head out on wintertime adventures, whether they be mountainous or urban. And even when using a ReFleece case for quieter pursuits, I love that each one has a history already pressed into it, via the jacket used to make it. Did this one climb Mt. Washington? Did a dad sit around a campfire with his kids in this one? Did this one take a long roadtrip after college with four friends? And it's nice to know that by using a ReFleece case for your e-reader or ipad, you are extending the life of that reclaimed Patagonia jacket, keeping it out of the landfill for one more go-round on this planet.

  •  Rebecca of Sunnybrook
    Rebecca of Sunnybrook
    10/10/12 12:23 PM

    Love this idea, but will it fit my Nook?

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/10/12 12:31 PM

    Hi Rebecca - Thanks for your question! ReFleece cases do not fit the Nook at this time. We will definitely keep your interest in mind for future products!

  •  Michele
    Michele
    10/10/12 12:51 PM

    SAD will not fit my Nook. I LOVE the concept. PLEASE create one to fit a Nook. Thank you.

  •  Terry
    Terry
    10/10/12 1:54 PM

    will either of the kindle sizes fit the kindle fire?

  •  Dianna
    Dianna
    10/10/12 2:20 PM

    As already asked; I would be interested in knowing if it fits the Kindle Fire.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    10/10/12 2:39 PM

    @ Dianna @ Terry: The Kindle 3 Case can hold the Kindle Fire.

  •  JOANN
    JOANN
    10/10/12 2:25 PM

    I too would love to see something for The Nook. We have two at my house and these look really neat. Great concept!

  •  Carlene
    Carlene
    10/10/12 2:27 PM

    Looks like a wonderful product, but one question immediately came to my mind. Why doesn't Patagonia donate these used jackets for use as "jackets"? It is a win for your company, but it seems like a rather sad alternative when so many people will not be warm enough this winter.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Special Guest
    10/10/12 2:59 PM

    Hi Carlene - what a great question. In fact, Patagonia DOES donate the usable jackets to those in need. We only receive those that are not donated, for example because one spot is torn or a zipper is broken. Thank you for bringing this up!

  •  Paula
    Paula
    10/10/12 3:06 PM

    Hello,

    I am really impressed with the case from looking at the video and photos. Will you be making something for the Nook/Color Nook?

    Thanks~

    Paula

  •  Jennifer
    Jennifer
    10/10/12 3:38 PM

    @ Paula - Right now, we don't have a Nook cover, but there is a lot of interest from folks out there... we will definitely look at that for a future product!

  •  Cassandra
    Cassandra
    10/10/12 7:54 PM

    @ Jennifer

    My whole family would definitely be interested in Nook Color and Nook Tablet covers.

  •  BJ from Lakewood,CO
    BJ from Lakewood,CO
    10/11/12 12:04 PM

    I was going to make my own Kindle cover, but I like your concept of Recycling fleece so well that I will consider purchasing one from you.

    One question: Since I assume you manufacture by hand at this time, have you considered either special orders for covers for other devices at an additional cost or broadening your product range to cover other of the most prominent e-devices such as the NOOK? It would make you more competitive with other companies, especially if you include some of the Android devices.

    I am putting your information in my OneNote. Thank you.

  •  kathy cormier
    kathy cormier
    10/12/12 8:38 AM

    Hi guys, what a terrific upcyled product. Love it. Will order one for my husband for the holidays. Keep at it!

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