Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. This means 87 percent of material used to make clothing ends up as waste. To address this, our first step is to utilize more sustainable materials in the products we create. Ultimately, our goal is to develop circular systems to recycle previously-owned gear and reuse the raw materials, keeping them out of waste streams. And while we currently have initiatives to help keep gear out of landfills, our first products intentionally designed for circularity will launch in 2022. We also have three specific programs designed to help combat waste and extend the life of our products: our Limited Lifetime Warranty program, our Renewed Collection, and our Clothes the Loop program.
100% responsibly-sourced apparel fabrics by 2025.
We’ve set an ambitious goal to ensure all products we make are made with recycled, regenerative, or responsibly-sourced renewable fabrics—which are fabrics derived from materials that will replenish over the course of a lifetime. We’re on track to hit our goal with all our apparel in 2025, and all footwear and equipment by 2030.
Work in tandem with suppliers and retailers.
We’re committed to working with suppliers to help reduce their environmental footprint too. We’re also partnering with retailers who share both our mission and our values. These efforts will have positive impacts on the industry overall, beyond just The North Face.
Accelerate sustainable packaging.
Our goal is to eliminate single-use plastic packaging by 2025. In the meantime, we’re working to reduce remaining product packaging, and design packaging that is more recyclable. We only use recycled content and/or third-party certified content (such as Forest Stewardship Council certification) for all of our paper materials, like product hangtags and cardboard shipping boxes.
We're committed to improving the environmental performance of our products through innovations in materials development and manufacturing. We always try to concentrate our efforts on high volume products and materials such as the iconic Denali Jacket. Learn more by watching "Behind the Seams" below.