Our fleece is Made in France and 100% recycled
Fleece is an essential material in the design of our hats and technical accessories. It is extremely resistant and highly insulating, and offers faultless thermal comfort while being light and soft to wear.
Fleece has always been the signature of Pipolaki hats. Indeed, we use it as a lining for most of our hats but also in our range of technical accessories for sports. Versatile and essential, it met (almost) all our requirements (quality, durability, elasticity and comfort) except one: the environmental impact. This is why, since 2019, we have been keen to replace this raw material with a 100% recycled fleece. This fleece is not only knitted in France but also made in our partner factory in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. We are proud for Pipolaki's 60th anniversary to present you all the Made in France fleece products.
Fleece or recycled fleece: what's the difference?
Commonly known as fleece, it is made from polyester, a synthetic fibre derived from petroleum. Associated with several chemical components, it is a polluting material, difficult to recycle and with a harmful environmental impact. For some years now, an alternative has existed: the use of 100% recycled polyester; this more virtuous fibre offers the same qualities as "classic" fleece while being eco-responsible.
Where does recycled fleece come from ?
Recycled fleece is made from plastic bottles discarded by consumers or collected at recycling centres. Several steps are then necessary to transform it before it can be used in the manufacture of our hats and accessories. The bottles are first crushed into flakes, then the flakes are transformed into granules. Finally, the granules are melted down to become a polyester yarn. By using recycled polyester, we give a second life to a material that is not biodegradable.
Why we choose a recycled fleece made in France
In order to create a more responsible fashion, we have chosen to add an additional criterion to the recycled fibre: the origin of the material.
This is why sourcing in France seemed essential to us. After several weeks of research, we chose a supplier of recycled fleece located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. This geographical proximity has several advantages: guaranteeing more traceability of the material, improving our carbon footprint and supporting the local economy of Made in France.
Made in France recycled fleece, essential material for our technical accessories
For a few years now, recycled fleece has replaced the fleece lining of all our hats. To further our eco-responsible approach, we decided to change the manufacturing of all our technical accessories by using only recycled fleece made in France. From now on, our headbands, neckbands, hoods and fleece scarves are knitted with bi-stretch and eco-responsible French fleece. This high-end fleece is made of Newlife™ polyester yarns exclusively from recycled plastic bottles. It guarantees a high level of performance and a quality similar to non-recycled polyester.