Our sustainability mission is to protect our outdoor playgrounds and communities through the design and development of environmentally and socially responsible products and business practices. Through life cycle assessments of products in our apparel, footwear and equipment categories, we have determined that the majority of our environmental impact comes from materials processing and product manufacturing. This is where we direct our major focus.
We incorporate recycled materials into The North Face products and take responsibility for our products’ end-of-life through a long-standing commitment to durability and our Clothes the Loop take-back program. The North Face has engaged its suppliers in efforts to reduce chemicals, water, energy and waste in their mills, with savings equivalent to removing over 100 tanker trucks of chemicals and over 230 Olympic swimming pools of water since 2010.
“The evolution of our approach to sustainability lies in the design of our products. When we make sustainability a fundamental component of everything we design, then we can move toward making innovative products that have a positive effect on the environment and society.”