The North Face, Inc. is an American outdoor product clothing manufacturer specializing in outerwear and equipment such as backpacks, tents, and sleeping bags has planned to manufacture all of its polyester fabric from 100 percent recycled content and set a goal to achieve it by 2016.
Currently, polyester makes up 80 percent of the material it uses in its apparel products. North Face uses manufacturers in USA and Asia to produce its products.
To reach its goal, it will primarily take used water bottles that are recycled into polyester for use in clothing.
Currently, the companyâ€™s Denali large black jacket uses 51 water bottles to manufacture.
North Face also offers a lifetime warranty on its clothing and gear and receives more than 160,000 product units each year at its warranty department.
Half of these are repairable and returned to consumers, while the remainders are donated or down cycled depending on the condition.
According to Jeff Dorton, North Face director of materials commercialization their goal is to match the materials they use to the brand. They have decided to put a big stake in the ground and aim to use 100per cent recycled content for all of their polyester fabric by 2016.
Itâ€™s easier for them to manage a big goal like this as they can take a win on a single yarn, get a good deal on it and spread it through the entire category.
The North Face is a wholly owned subsidiary of the VF Corporation with headquarters in Alameda, California. Its attire has grown in popularity.
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