Recycled Reinvention: ThermoBall goes Eco
The North Face is reinventing one of our largest product lines, ThermoBall, with recycled materials, an important step in how we create sustainable change at scale.
Reiterate, renew, evolve. We are always searching for bright and inventive new ways to make our iconic products with more sustainable materials while maintaining the quality and performance you expect from The North Face.
Let’s look at ThermoBall Eco. One of our largest product lines, ThermoBall, is being reintroduced in The North Face stores and online this November 2018, using recycled materials. The same amazing jacket, with a lower footprint.
We know that material production and manufacturing accounts for 60 – 85 percent of our total environmental impact. Not shipping to our customers (which we offset), or consumer use, but the production of materials and manufacturing products. This motivated us to change the materials used in our largest collections to recycled materials. In this case, we’re taking plastic bottles and recycling them into fibers and fabrics. Converting ThermoBall to recycled materials is an important step toward creating sustainable change at scale.
The new ThermoBall Eco is the same award-winning lightweight down alternative jacket we have all grown to love, at the same price. It has the same product performance, but for one important difference: It’s made from recycled polyester fabric and recycled insulation. Just the recycled insulation alone, sourced from our partners at Primaloft, is spun from at least five plastic bottles that are diverted from the landfill.
This evolution builds upon how we’ve shifted to use recycled fibers across our core products like our iconic Denali jackets back in 1996, our Reaxion and Glacier lines, and with the launch of our Bottle Source collection in early 2018, sourced from plastic bottles from national parks.
When we launched ThermoBall in 2013, it made waves for its groundbreaking use of synthetic insulation. The small round synthetic fiber clusters, which trap heat within small air pockets mimicking down, can offer the lightweight warmth and compressibility of down jackets with the wet-weather performance of synthetic insulation. Independent testing by Kansas State University has shown that ThermoBall has warmth equivalent to 600 fill goose down.
Sustainability has never looked so good – the ThermoBall Eco comes in six different colors in both adult hoodie and full-zip format to match your next eco-friendly adventure. It’s available in The North Face retail stores and on our website.