We are committed to creating products that safeguard the environment but it is particularly challenging to do so when it comes to delivering the high-performance products that our customers expect.
Some of the chemicals we use to impart performance characteristics like water, stain and oil repellency contain PFCs (perfluorinated compounds). For the last few years we’ve been working to replace these Durable Water Repellency (DWR) chemicals with environmentally preferable options. You can read updates about our responsible chemistry progress on our blog, Never Stop Exploring.
We share our standards for chemical safety with all of our suppliers and maintain a Restricted Substance List (RSL) that identifies chemical substances that are restricted from our products for regulatory, safety and/or environmental reasons. We also help our suppliers identify environmentally preferable chemicals.
Companies across the outdoor equipment and apparel industries share many of the same chemicals challenges. Spurred by our belief in the power of collaboration to develop solutions, we work closely with our industry peers as members of the Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) Chemical Management Working Group (CMWG). The group focuses on establishing shared approaches and tools for chemicals assessment and management.