Patagonia Workwear uses a blend of industrial hemp, recycled polyester and organic cotton that is 25 percent more abrasion resistant than conventional cotton duck canvas. Patagonia is launching this month in Australia a line of workwear made with Iron Forge Hemp™ canvas, a new blend of industrial hemp, recycled polyester and organic cotton that is more durable, abrasion resistant and comfortable off the rack than conventional cotton duck canvas. With farmers, builders, surf shapers and environmental activists in mind, Patagonia set out to build a collection of superior, function-specific workwear that uses less harmful materials and withstands the rigors of the field or the job site. “Our Workwear line is built to meet the needs of the men and women who are putting real environmental solutions in place on the ground, redefining what progress really means,” notes Ed Auman, Patagonia’s business director for Workwear. “The company’s early roots in iron forging, our ongoing commitment to conservation and our forward-looking investments in organic regenerative agriculture have us well-placed to build the best product for the folks who require true workwear, backed up by our Ironclad Guarantee.” Manual labour requires the same range of motion as any other selfpowered outdoor activity, yet the stretch fabrics used in many outdoor technical garments don’t have the abrasion resistance needed for the most strenuous work.The apparel styles in Patagonia’s Workwear collection are generously cut for unrestricted movement and have a roomier fit compared to most Patagonia styles, with ample room for layering.

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