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Patagonia Footwear and PLUS Compound Technologies® Offer Easy Flip Flop Recycling

VENTURA, Calif. (August 27, 2013) – Expanding on their successful collaboration and creation of 100 percent recyclable sandals made with PLUSfoam material, Patagonia Footwear and PLUS Compound Technologies, LLC (“PLUS”) recently launched accessible consumer incentive programs that encourage them to recycle their used PLUSfoam flip flops. Anticipating the end of the summer season, Patagonia Footwear now offers free shipping and convenient drop off locations to streamline consumers’ ability to recycle, “Closing the Loop” on the product cycle to reduce environmental impact. Free, carbon-neutral return shipping is available for men and women’s PLUSfoam footwear products, including the Flipcycle, Reflip, ReFlip Chip and Upflip sandals. For details and shipping information please visit

In Spring 2012, Patagonia Footwear launched PLUSfoam based sandals: vegan-friendly flip flops that feature a recycled and recyclable footbed and sole made with super soft, high density PLUSfoam that offers lasting cushioned comfort and durability. 100 percent recyclable, the Plus Compounds and PLUSfoam used to make the flip flops create a promising alternative to traditional rubber, EVA and Polyurethane foams typically used in footwear production. When these more common footwear materials are used, production scrap can account for 15 – 40 percent waste.

Using PLUSfoam in their Spring/Summer 2012 and 2013 collections, Patagonia prevented approximately 10,000 pounds of scrap waste from entering landfills and incinerators*. Patagonia Footwear continues to offer styles in its 2013 and 2014 collections. Read more about this unique partnership and technology at: The Cleanest Line

“Addressing end-of-life solutions for footwear is a challenge,” said Sue Harvey Brown, marketing manager for Patagonia Footwear. “Our partnership with PLUSfoam to create a fully recyclable flip flop allows us to truly ‘close the loop’ in the footwear product cycle. We hope consumers will take advantage of the free shipping to return their spent flips and keep them out of landfills.”

Consumers can return used PLUSfoam flips via free shipping, drop them in into any Patagonia store’s Common Threads Recycling Bin, or send them directly to the PLUSfoam Reclaim Center: 844 Production Place, Newport Beach, CA 92663.

*Estimate is based on amount of scrap reused per product produced.

About Patagonia, Inc.

Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California, is a leading designer of core outdoor, snow, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. The company is noted internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $55M in cash and in-kind donations to date. Incorporating environmental responsibility into product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. Committed to making its products landfill-free, the company’s entire product line is recyclable through its Common Threads Initiative. The company also advocates corporate transparency through its interactive website, The Footprint Chronicles, which outlines the environmental and social footprint of individual products.

About PLUS Compound Technologies, LLC.

PLUS Compound Technologies is committed to “Saving the planet…one product at a time™”. Using its proprietary, 100% RECYCLABLE compound, PLUS makes products for manufacturers of branded consumer goods. PLUS compounds often outperform the materials they are intended to replace such as traditional foams, rubber and plastics. PLUS operates reclaim facilities in the US, Europe and Asia where consumers can return any products made with PLUS components. Details about the PLUS post-consumer reclaim program can be found at

PLUS Compound Technologies® Media Contact

Jake Barret (619) 985 – 9157,

Patagonia Footwear Media Contact

Kris Hathaway (802) 249-9171,

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