“Our approach to sustainability lies in the design and development 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.”
– James Rogers, Senior Sustainability Manager
Our sustainability mission is to protect our outdoor playgrounds and communities through the design and development of environmentally and socially responsible products and through our business practices. We conducted life cycle assessments of products in our apparel, footwear, and equipment categories and learned that the majority of our environmental impact comes from fabric processing and product manufacturing. As a result, this is where we focus our work.
We incorporate recycled materials into our products and take responsibility for our products’ end-of-life through a long-standing commitment to durability and through our Clothes the Loop take-back program. We also engage our suppliers in efforts to reduce chemicals, water, energy and waste in their mills. Since 2010 this has resulted in savings equivalent to removing over 212 tanker trucks of chemicals and water reductions equaling over 470 Olympic swimming pools.