The Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacketis a solid choice for casual wear fleece jacket. The Better Sweater is a versatile sweater that will find its way to any occasion. Comfortable enough to wear all day, stylish enough to wear out to dinner. What makes this better than other fleece sweaters?
Fair Trade Made
Patagonia has two clothing lines that are completely Fair Trade – The Better Sweater and the Synchilla Snap-T. That means that the workers are paid a fair wage and treated with more dignity. At the time of this review, 38% of the Patagonia products are Fair Trade Certified. Good on Patagonia for igniting this positive change. They started incorporating Fair Trade in 2014 with 10 items. Now, in 2017, they have 480 styles that are Fair Trade Certified – with more on the way. Read more about this in the press release below.
Bluesign Approved Fabric
Again, Patagonia goes above and beyond with using bluesign approved fabrics. This means they are must use approved processes, materials and products that are safe for the workers, customers, and the environment.
How does it feel?
With all the Fairtrade and bluesign approved fabric, the Better Sweater still feels like your favorite fleece. Personally, I did not notice anything better or worse about the fabric or build quality over previous generations of Better Sweaters. As soon as I received the jacket, it became my everyday kit. 3 weeks of daily use and 2 washings showed no degradation in quality. From lounging around the house to the mountains, from work to dinner – this jacket was part of my life. One cool feature that I really appreciated was the internal drop pocket. An iPad Mini fits perfectly in there. Not sure why there is only one drop pocket, but one is better than none.
The Better Sweateri s supremely comfortable yet stylish enough to wear to most events. There are 10 colors to choose from and also available in a vest and 1/4 zip. MSRP $139 for a fleece jacket that is not only very comfortable, but it is fairly made. That is something you can feel good about.
Patagonia’s Most Popular Fleece Styles Are Now Made in Fair Trade Certified™ Factories, Directly Benefiting the Workers Who Make Them
VENTURA, Calif. (October 3, 2017) – Patagonia has more styles and products made in Fair Trade Certified™ factories than any other apparel or home goods brand and this fall, two of Patagonia’s best-selling lines, Better Sweater® and Synchilla® Snap-T® are now Fair Trade Certified sewn. With 38 percent of its product line now Fair Trade Certified, Patagonia has made it easier than ever to support the factory workers who make its clothing.
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