Eco Outerwear

There’s nothing quite like a favorite hoodie. The right one fits you like nothing else. It's comfortable and warm, but not too bulky for outdoor activities. It's sporty without looking like you just came from the gym. And it feels as easy as lounging around in your favorite pajamas, but is perfectly acceptable for running around town (even if you run into someone you know).

As if all that isn’t enough to expect from a hoodie, Dennis Randall, the founder of EARTHTEC, sets the bar even higher. His hoodies can help save
the planet.

The premise is pretty simple, really. Everyone loves comfortable outerwear, and the plastic bottles currently clogging up our landfills can be sustainably upcycled to form a durable, high-performance fabric. The earth gets a break, EARTHTEC’s garments get their ""frog-certified"" seal of approval, and you get stylish, eco-conscious outdoor apparel.

EARTHTEC's Big Sage Hoodies are a favorite for both men and women. They're made with 58% recycled polyester – an average of 12 discarded plastic bottles per jacket – and they feel as good as they look. It's in the little details like the wind flap and the flat-lock seams, or the media pocket on the men's version. The only problem you'll have is picking a color, but we have great news on that front: Buy two or more and the shipping is free! Problem solved.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tamara

    I am really excited EARTHTEC was chosen as today’s feature. As head designer of a passionate team making sustainable lifestyle apparel, I look forward to the opportunity to answer questions and share my thoughts on why EARTHTEC is a better lifestyle choice. Our collection represents our belief that each of us can make a difference and all of us can change the world.

  • Ann
    10/29/2010 6:18 PM

    How do you clean the jacket? Wash and dry in the machine?

  • Tamara
    Tamara – Special Guest
    10/29/2010 7:42 PM

    Hi Ann,

    The care is really easy on these jackets. Machine wash cold and lay flat to dry. Enjoy!



  • Nancy
    10/29/2010 7:08 PM

    I've been looking for a birthday present for someone who likes to spend time indoors and outdoors at a much-loved lake cottage--and I just found it. And since winter's coming and we keep our house on the cool side, I may get one for myself. Aside from the plastic-bottle-into-yarn innovation, I have to say that what really sold me on this Grommet was the testimony from your spokespeson, Vassily! I am loving seeing all the great "Grommet guests"--thanks for bringing back Teresa Scenna!

  • Tamara
    Tamara – Special Guest
    10/29/2010 7:45 PM

    Hi Nancy,

    My guess is that not only will your friend love it, but it will end up being a year round favorite for you too. So glad to hear that you are excited about recycled PET, as it is a large part of our collection.



  • Patricia
    10/30/2010 4:41 PM

    Is this clothing manufactured in the United States of America? If not, where is it manufactured?


  • Tamara
    Tamara – Special Guest
    10/30/2010 8:46 PM

    Hi Patricia,

    These items are manufactured in China, but the plastic used to make these products is collected in the US and all over the world. As part of the global community, we take pride in adhering to strict manufacturing processes that we can all be proud of. Thanks for the question.


  • Stella McMurphy
    Stella McMurphy
    11/4/2010 4:27 PM

    is the material made at the Polertec factory in Massachusetts? they have been making material out of plastic recycled bottles for years. Maybe you want to look into purchasing from with in the US to support folks and their familys in the US. Now more than ever, we need to provide jobs for our neigbors. collect bottles here...

  • Tamara
    Tamara – Special Guest
    11/5/2010 4:56 PM

    Hi Stella,

    Our fabric is not made from Polartec.

    Polartec has made recycled polyester fabrics for years here in the U.S. and they are now largely making this product in Asia, as are we (and the majority of the garment industry).

    We believe in U.S made products and we also believe in the importance of diverting the 120 billion bottles that are used outside of the U.S away from landfills.

    We find it important to address this global issue globally.

    Our bottle supply comes from the U.S , Europe, and Asia which is where the majority of the #1 bottles are consumed.

    Thanks for your question and suggestion. Tamara

  • Rhonda
    11/8/2011 1:42 PM

    I love they are using recycled plastic, but I dislike that they send it over seas to be made. There are people in this country who need jobs. Please try to figure out a way to make it here. I won't buy these until they are made here.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/8/2011 2:04 PM

    @Rhonda: You will be very interested to hear the story of American MoJo whose mission is to create jobs in the US through the manufacture of similar jackets and outerwear accessories.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

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