Note Recover Brands provided a sample to us at no charge in order to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.


It’s the time of year when you want to cuddle up by the fire and sip hot coco. And there’s nothing better to cuddle up in than a hoodie. Ambassador Meg reviewed the Recover Brands Sunset Hoodie. Read her thoughts below and see how it’s more than just a hoodie.

When I was asked to review the Recover Brands hoodie, I thought, this would be interesting? What can someone really say about a sweatshirt? It turns out, it’s the story behind this brand that truly grabs my attention.

Recover Brands is Made from 100% Recycled Material

I spent an entire month collecting the plastic waste my household produced. The experiment shocked me, I thought that by refusing to use single-use plastic bags, being conscious when I could about packaging, avoiding Amazon, and choosing to recycle meant I was doing well. Think again.

Photo courtesy Rami Hanna

The more shocking part was just how much of that single-use plastic was tied to the outdoors. A chip bag at a convenience store, plastic baggies to hold a trail snack, packaging from outdoor gear, and more. About 30% of the trash could be tied back to an outdoor adventure. It got me thinking about our outdoor gear, where it goes when we are finished with it and what it takes to make it.

The thing that I LOVE about Recover Brands is their mission to create 100% recycled clothing, that actually performs. Recover took interest in my mission to promote eco-friendly hiking clothing and gave me an athletic tee to try, let’s just say I was beyond impressed. Each piece of clothing uses the equivalent of eight plastic bottles that get shredded, melted and extruded into synthetic yarn used to make their clothing. Their clothing with cotton contents, such as their hoodie, is used from recycling the fibers from old t-shirts.

How did the sweatshirt perform?

I wear this sweatshirt a lot, in fact, I’m wearing it as I write this review. It fits well and doesn’t lose its shape after washing (the sleeves are still nice and tight at the end, giving it a fitted look at the wrists which I love).

But I’ve got to be honest with you, I’ve never hiked in this sweatshirt, and I never would. It isn’t a technical piece of clothing (they do have a pretty spectacular athletic line) and I wouldn’t consider it appropriate for outdoor use.

Photo courtesy Rami Hanna

While I went on a road trip across the American Southwest, I wore the sweatshirt en-route to various destinations, then I would change into my outdoor clothing when we set out on a hike. It is more of a leisure wear piece than something that I would put in my layering arsenal, but that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be.

Best Uses

I would recommend this sweatshirt for use in the city or around the house. It’s a great layer to throw on if you’re headed to the gym or looking for some chill time at home. This piece would also be super cozy for travel by road, train or plane! When people compliment it, I always let them know that it’s made from recycled plastic, who knew trash could look so fresh!

Photo courtesy Rami Hanna

Drawbacks

Honestly, I don’t have many complaints. I wish that I had a zippered version (they do make them). I also wish that the sleeves had a bit more flexibility at the wrists, so I could pull it up and it would stay up while I took care of household chores. But again, I believe that this feature means that the sweatshirt has non-recycled synthetic material, so I’ll take the sleeve issue if it means minimizing my impact on the waste stream.

Overall, this sweatshirt is a great addition to my loungewear. It’s cozy, fits well, washes easily and is great for the environment. The brand’s story is a great conversation starter to make all of us more aware of our impact on the waste stream.

Recover Brands Sunset Hoodie

7 comments on “Recover Brands Sunset Hoodie + GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Welllllll, honestly, I’m not quite sure. Yesterday, I had to carry someone’s half drank Big Gulp out — HOW?! WHY DID THEY BRING THAT OUT IN THE FIRST PLACE?!

  2. To help reduce plastic waste, try, as much as possible, purchasing beverages that are not in plastic bottles. If you do, please recycle them, not just throw plastics away in the trash.

  3. Buying second hand toys for the kids. It seems like no matter what toy you’re buying, it comes with a pound of plastic. Also, using cloth bags to bring home the groceries. And bringing mesh produce bags from home for grocery purchases. No baggies, no trash bags, washable/reusable feminine hygiene products.

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