Polyester makes up 80% of the material used in The North Faces apparel products

Polyester makes up 80% of the material used in The North Face's apparel products

VF Corp outdoor brand The North Face has committed to using 100% recycled content for all of its polyester fabric by 2016.

The commitment is one of a number of updates to the brand's CSR agenda. Others include an extended lifecycle for products through its Clothes the Loop programme, a clothing take-back programme, a reduction in environmental impacts, and the launch of the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).

At present, polyester makes up 80% of the material used in The North Face's apparel products. The brand says it is already making headway with the goal, with its Denali jacket an example of a product made 100% from recycled content.

To help tackle end-of-product-life waste in the apparel industry, the company launched its Clothes the Loop programme in 2013, which allows consumers to drop off unwanted clothing and footwear from any brand in any condition at participating The North Face retail stores.

The pilot in ten stores lasted three and a half months and collected 1,350 pounds of clothing and footwear. It is now in 27 total stores.

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