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.