Every product we make is thoughtfully designed with the outdoors in mind. When we create our high-quality products to last a long time, we’re not just thinking of how much longer customers can enjoy them, but also the lower impact they will have on the environment.
For us, sustainability starts at the drawing table. Every product we make is designed to be durable, not disposable. Because when products last longer they don’t need to be replaced as often, using fewer natural resources and reducing waste. That’s better for the planet. And since longer-lasting products mean our customers can keep enjoying them year after year, it’s better for them too.
We take our product testing so seriously, we’re one of the only brands with an in-house testing lab. Our lab performs rigorous testing to further extend the use of everything we design and develop. Once we put our name on a product, you can be sure it will stand up during many years of use. From zippers and buttons to the strength of the fabric, no problems are left unsolved and the most stringent of standards are met.
One of the most important things we can do to increase sustainability and minimize environmental impact starts with our products and the companies we partner with. Working with the world’s most respected and trusted industry leaders in sustainable practices and using responsibly sourced materials reduces waste and pollution, saves energy and water, and reduces chemicals and dyes. With these guidelines and standards in place you can feel good about using our products and we can feel good about making them.
Here are some of our key partners in sustainability:
Manages and monitors the use of chemicals, dyes and finishes in the manufacturing process, helping to create fabrics that are safer for the environment, workers and customers. While we’ve always worked hard to keep chemicals out of our products, we’re especially proud to have signed on as a bluesign brand system partner in 2017.
Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.
This groundbreaking collaboration consists of world-wide members dedicated to transforming the apparel, footwear, and textiles industries so they produce no unnecessary environmental harm and have a positive impact on the people and communities associated with their activities.
The renowned testing and certification process of OEKO-TEX guarantees maximum consumer safety. When an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label is on a product, you can be 100% confident any textiles used to make it, from the yarns to the finished product, have been tested for harmful substances – and are safe to use.
Using recycled fabrics not only saves energy and water, but also allows us to make use of materials that would otherwise end up in the trash. For example, switching to recycled polyester fleece in our Mountain Classic Fleece outerwear has helped keep nearly 40 million plastic bottles out of landfills since 2008.
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