The North Face creates Denali jackets with Unifi's Repreve
American outdoor product maker The North Face has collaborated with Greensboro-based multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns producer Unifi to launch a new line of Denali fleece jackets made from the latter’s high-performance recycled yarn named Repreve.
As part of its commitment towards ethically made products, the San Francisco brand’s new line incorporates three environment-friendly materials including recycled Repreve yarn, the colour technology enhanced Repreve WaterWise thread and the fabric scraps and recycled bottles derived Repreve Textile Takeback fibre.
Speaking about the sustainable design collaborative venture, Adam Mott, director of sustainability at The North Face, said, “This partnership with Unifi’s REPREVE technology allowed us to eliminate waste in our manufacturing and significantly reduce the water and energy required to make one of our most iconic products, the Denali jacket.”
“The North Face is built on a love of exploring and protecting the outdoors, so making products responsibly is a priority. We are always looking for innovative ways to make better products and minimize our environmental impact,” he elaborates on his company’s commitment towards responsibly design products.
Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand sales and marketing for Unifi, Inc., explained his firm’s role in providing sustainable solutions to other manufacturers in a statement, “At Unifi, we continue to expand the process for making REPREVE, engineering new ways to recycle materials throughout the supply chain. We are proud to provide our customers with sustainable solutions for recycling their own waste into new products, whether it’s bottles or fabric scraps.”
The Repreve WaterWise yarn reduces the amount of water and chemicals used in the fabric dyeing process. The black and heather grey Denali jackets made from this particular water-saving yarn uses 50 per cent less water and chemicals and about 25 per cent less energy in fabric dyeing and finishing process.
The North Face collected cut fabric waste from Denali jacket production and sent to Unifi’s Repreve Recycling Center in North Carolina to produce Repreve Takeback yarn. This yarn, along with yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, is then knit into new fabric for Denali jackets. Typically, about 15 per cent of fabric used in garment production is cut out and discarded in the process. This program creates a loop of material reprocessing and gives new purpose to a major waste stream. For every 10 Denali jackets produced, enough fabric scrap is created to produce another four jackets.
By using fleece produced from Repreve, a high performance yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, more than 30 million bottles are saved from landfills and turned into Denali jackets each year.
The Repreve Textile Takeback program recycles fabrics into Repreve Takeback fibers. Like all Repreve fibres, Repreve Takeback fiber is traceable, transparent, and certified through the use of FiberPrint technology.