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Cotopaxi Aims for 100% Recycled, Repurposed Materials by Next Year

Already sustainably driven, Cotopaxi is about to get a whole lot more sustainable.

This week, outdoor brand and B-corp Cotopaxi announced its goal to have 100% of its products use only responsible, recycled, or repurposed materials by 2022.

To date, 90% of its products currently meet at least one of these criteria. Cotopaxi’s noble goal to ditch virgin materials and switch to repurposed/recycled is evident in its offerings already, like the 100% repurposed Del Día series.

The list of what Cotopaxi will use in its products going forward includes recycled materials, repurposed materials, or Fair Trade Certified, Bluesign-certified, and RDS-certified down components. Furthermore, all products will meet one or more of these criteria, which Cotopaxi calls “sustainability features.”

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Cotopaxi Del Día packs are made from 100% repurposed fabrics

Here’s where Cotopaxi’s current product line stands:

  • 80% of product collections have one or more sustainability features
  • 90% of total products have one or more sustainability features (146 of 162 products)
  • 94% of items sold in 2020 were made with repurposed or recycled materials

And the items that haven’t achieved sustainable features? Cotopaxi will be redesigning all of them, with its activewear apparel seeing the biggest updates in 2021.

Since the inception of the brand in 2014, Cotopaxi has led the charge in gear with repurposed and scrap materials. “Using remnant textiles was literally a part of their founding principles,” wrote Cotopaxi’s PR.

And that sense of scrappiness is what gives the brand its character. Learn more about Cotopaxi’s sustainable materials goal here.

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Mary is based out of GearJunkie's Denver, CO office. She has a degree in English and Journalism, and been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.