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RECYCLED WOOL
Warmth With A Deeper Purpose
One of the highest forms of sustainability is reuse. We give new life to products and clothing when we reuse them. This is especially important for materials such as recycled wool, where living animals are involved in the process. If we can reuse the resources we have already taken, we remove the risk to animals, and reduce the need for new energy inputs.
Quality & Performance Without the Impact
With recycled wool, not only do you get a quality garment that performs extremely well, you also remove the impact on animals from the equation, while minimizing the amount of waste, resources, and energy required to make the garment.
Our Sustainability Initiatives
ENVIRONMENT
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Organic Cotton
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Recycled Wool
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3 Reasons to Ask for Recycled Wool
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Respects Animal Welfare
Eliminate further impact and risk to the animal’s health and safety.
1. Respects Animal Welfare
Eliminate further impact and risk to the animal’s health and safety.
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Diverts Waste from Landfill
Reuses perfectly good material instead of throwing it away. Eliminate dyes, chemicals, and wastewater (by-products of virgin wool) from the process.
2. Diverts Waste from Landfill
Reuses perfectly good material instead of throwing it away. Eliminate dyes, chemicals, and wastewater (by-products of virgin wool) from the process.
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Reduces Environmental Impact
Reduce land use for animal grazing and reduce the release of methane (sheep toots dude).
Reduces overall energy consumption by cutting down on the amount of processing needed to make the fibers usable.
3. Reduces Environmental Impact
Reduce land use for animal grazing and reduce the release of methane (sheep toots dude).
Reduces overall energy consumption by cutting down on the amount of processing needed to make the fibers usable.
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Using recycled wool greatly reduces the need for water, dyes and chemicals, and energy compared to the process used for virgin wool.
Recycled Wool FAQs
What is the difference between virgin wool and recycled wool?
Virgin wool is sheared from sheep. Recycled wool is reclaimed from textile waste and unwanted or discarded garments.

By using recycled wool, we can eliminate the direct impact on the sheep. Bonus: we don’t need to treat or dye the fabric to get the color we want. The mill is able to mix already-dyed fibers to create color, rather than shearing new wool and treating and dyeing the fibers.
Is there any difference in the performance of virgin wool vs. recycled wool?
Why do we love our recycled wool products so much? There is no difference in the performance or feel of virgin wool compared to recycled wool. It performs well outdoors, features high quality materials, and respects the planet and its animals. Oh, and these help too:

Compared to virgin wool, recycled wool is still…
  • Warmth without weight
  • Extremely durable when properly cared for
  • Comfortable, breathable, and moisture-wicking
  • Renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable
How did prAna decide to start using recycled wool?
Working with recycled wool wasn’t necessarily an initiative we set out to achieve when we started this program. The sustainability stars aligned, and we happened to be in the right place at the right time.

When sourcing fabrics for our wool midlayer program, we fell in love with the beautiful wool fabrics that come out of Prato, Italy. Once we looked into the material further, we discovered they were being made from recycled wool. Up to this point, we didn’t even know this type of quality recycled wool existed. From there, it just made sense: when you know, you know.
Sustainability is Everyone’s Responsibility
Sustainability is part of everyone’s job description at prAna. Every single employee is expected to strive for more responsible and eco-conscious practices, no matter how big or small they may seem.

This includes you: next time you think about purchasing a product with wool in it, make it recycled. Ask about the wool used in your garments. You can have a tremendous impact on the planet and its animals, and help inspire friends, family, and other brands to make the same choice.
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