Today, Patagonia launched its first work wear line, with tough clothes made from industrial hemp, recycled polyester, and organic cotton blend. The new Iron Forge Hemp line includes canvas cargo pants, Ranch Jackets, and Canvas Barn Coats, along with the new Patagonia line of “Tin Shed” snapbacks and jackets.
The Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Double Knee Pants are the centerpiece of the collection. The work pants are made with a blend of 55 percent industrial hemp, 27 percent recycled polyester and 18 percent organic cotton. In comparison, Carhartt’s work pants use 100 percent duck cotton. According to Patagonia the benefits of hemp are many:
25% more abrasion resistant than conventional cotton duck canvas, this innovative hemp blend forms the durable foundation of the Patagonia Workwear line.
Industrial hemp has been used for millennia to make cordage, sails, heavy-duty tackle and countless other wares. It was also the original source material for canvas work cloth—so when we set out to make better clothing for the hardest work, we knew exactly where to start.
Built for the hardest work, our heavy-duty Iron Forge Hemp™ canvas needs no break-in and offers excellent strength, comfort and mobility for almost any trade or task. The industrial hemp fiber gives the canvas its toughness and durability; the recycled polyester and organic cotton provide a soft hand and allow a tighter weave.