We can’t stop people from growing out of their clothes, wearing
through them or deciding that it’s time for something new. However, we
can help to ensure that worn clothes don’t end up in landfills.
Our Clothes the Loop program allows consumers to drop off their
unwanted clothing and footwear at The
North Face retail and outlet stores. It doesn’t matter what
condition the clothes are in or what brand they are. The items dropped
in our collection bins are sent to a recycling center where they are
carefully sorted based on over 400 categories. They are then
repurposed for reuse to extend their life or recycled into raw
materials for use in products like insulation, carpet padding,
stuffing for toys, and fibers for new clothing.
Clothes the Loop stems from our commitment to reducing the
environmental impact of our products at all stages of their life
cycle, even those stages out of our direct control. To help promote
the program, participants earn a coupon towards their next purchase
and all program proceeds benefit the Conservation Alliance, which
funds community-based campaigns to protect our shared wilderness and
recreation areas. Our 2013 pilot in 10 stores lasted three and a half
months, during which we collected 1,350 pounds of clothing and
footwear. We expanded the program to all US stores in 2015; click HERE to
find a store near you.