Gallery: ReFleece Launches Kindle and iPad Cases Made from Recycled Pat...

 

Started by former IDEO design engineer Sam Palmer, ReFleece is a small design company creating products from a new kind of upcycled felt. The felt is made from reclaimed Patagonia® fleece, collected through Patagonia’s Common Threads program, then pressed into Kindle and iPad cases. Although buying recycled plastic and fleece products does cut down on the oil needed to produce virgin products, the typical recycling process itself can be energy intensive. The ReFleece process, by contrast, avoids the shipping and high-heat re-melting typically used in fleece recycling in favor of a lower-energy pressing process, and all cases are manufactured entirely in the U.S.

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Each case is unique, and features the original colors, and even the original seam patterns, of the Patagonia jacket or sweater. The cases are lightweight, durable, water-resistant, and can be thrown right in the recycling bin to “close the loop” again.

Palmer is a designer and surfer with a long-time relationship with Patagonia. He helped to design their first surfboard, prompted by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard to create a board with a smaller environmental footprint than traditional surfboards. After earning a master’s degree in product design from Stanford, Palmer joined design firm IDEO, where he designed products for companies like Xyliss, Target, and Proctor & Gamble.

ReFleece is Palmer’s first start-up. He and his wife, Jennifer Feller, started it so they could combine their passion for sustainability with a deep belief in the importance of great design. ReFleece cases are currently sold online, and in several design boutiques in New York City and the Boston area. They’ll be sold in Patagonia stores beginning in late summer.

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