Patagonia Men’s Thrift Shorts for the Eco-minded.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 13, 2009
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patagonia eco shorts

Men’s Thrift Shorts

If you’re eco, stylish and/or active, these shorts are for you. Patagonia’s eco shorts are

  • handsome enough to wear to a Nantucket wedding,
  • light enough to croquet about a water-sucking yard in the full sun and keep your cool,
  • sturdy enough (nearly, see *note below) to climb Colorado,
  • cool enough to bike down to Sherpa’s and enjoy a Sunshine Wheat with a slice of lemon.
  • Most importantly, for me, they’re green enough (65% all-recycled polyester/35% organic cotton seersucker) that our next seven generations won’t pay the price. Not sure where they’re made, but assume China. Also assume that, on the fair labor front, Patagonia—which is an admirably walk-the-talk, transparent (see their Footprint Chronicles, a notion all progressive manufacturers should emulate) company—supervises its factories better than the competition.

*note. My shorts did lose that somewhat useless interior button after just a wear or two. If it were the zipper or something, I’d have been bummed out. As it was, I’ve kept on wearing them without even bothering to fix.

To buy for your favorite green man (including yourself), click here.

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MSRP $65.

Product detail: (text is from website)

“The unofficial short for those who wander around aimlessly, with no visible means of support. Made of a light-wearing blend of 65% all-recycled polyester/35% organic cotton in an open weave and puckered texture for maximum airflow. With two front slant pockets and one rear zippered pocket.”


  • Environmentally conscious puckered blend of recycled polyester and organic cotton
  • Two slanted front pockets, one zippered rear pocket
  • 10″ inseam
  • 3.4-oz 65% all-recycled polyester/35% organic cotton seersucker


Patagonia: Caring for our Earth is Good for Business from Mito.Media on Vimeo.

elephant journal’s editor, Waylon Lewis, welcomes Patagonia—the eco outdoor apparel company that’s paved the way for mindful businesses everywhere—to the green streets of Boulder, Colorado


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


2 Responses to “Patagonia Men’s Thrift Shorts for the Eco-minded.”

  1. boulder says:

    how about this for eco, wear your shorts from last year?

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Half my clothes are 10 years old, or more. Amen! Still, getting "eco" in the supply/demand chain is a great way to transform consumerism, too.