Merino Air “exploded” yarn creates less than four grams of waste per garment

Merino Air “exploded” yarn creates less than four grams of waste per garment

Outdoor wear specialist Patagonia has introduced its most advanced baselayer, which it claims is the industry's first fusion of sustainably sourced wool and cutting-edge technology.

Merino Air, the company says, offers more breathability and better fit than conventional merino baselayers, while maintaining the natural odour-fighting properties of wool. Its proprietary "exploded" yarn also gives a superior warmth to weight ratio, and creates less than four grams of waste per garment.

The merino wool is sourced directly from the grasslands of Patagonia using regenerative agricultural practices that the outdoor wear brand says reverses damage to the environment.

The wool for each garment is then treated using an air-jet process that creates yarn of greater loft and insulation value than conventionally spun wool. Using a computerised knitting machine, the lofted wool and 100% recycled-polyester yarns are knit into a seamless performance fit garment with minimal waste, compared to traditional cut-and-sew construction.

Merino Air top and bottom baselayers are available for men and women in Patagonia stores or online.

This autumn, the outdoor wear brand will launch a redesigned overall baselayer collection, with a new line structure, exclusive fabrics and a new fit.