German seamstress, Barbara Heinze, explains why picking up a needle and thread can be just as important as any other measures we take to less our impact on the environment.

“A little harm you will always give to nature, but if you keep your garments longer the impact gets smaller.”

Patagonia may give you initial sticker shock when shopping but a lot goes into that price including conscientiously sourced material and craftsmanship meant to go beyond a single season’s use.

Whatever brand gear you end up wearing, next time you snag tree and rip a flap or a zipper finally goes fully off the rails….consider repairing it before heading off to buy a replacement.

Recycling is only one part of this all important equation:081e56193bc77e07ee432917d73794c8