We are committed to making the best products on earth—and keeping Mother Nature, our communities and the future in focus.
Make the best better.
100% of our top materials (polyester, cotton and nylon) are expected to be recycled, responsibly-sourced renewable or regeneratively grown. We’re making progress toward achieving this goal for apparel by 2025, and footwear and equipment by 2030.
Extend our reach.
We’re committed to reducing our supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by partnering with key suppliers to help them cut their Scope 1 and 2 emissions in half by 2030. These efforts will have a positive impact on the industry as a whole, beyond The North Face.
We’re working to eliminate single-use plastic packaging by 2025. For other forms of packaging (including both plastic and paper), we’re reducing where possible and ensuring new materials used are more recyclable.
Reusing synthetic materials reduces our dependence on fossil fuels, and in the case of polyester, gives used plastic containers a second life. In fall 2022, more than 85% of our polyester and 75% of our nylon will be made with recycled content.
Derived partially from living matter, bio-based materials have provided another avenue for us to move away from virgin synthetics. We’ve just begun experimenting with these materials.
Our regenerative materials come from farms focusing on restoring soil health and sequestering carbon into the soil. In spring 2023, we’re launching our first apparel line made with Climate Conscious Cotton from US farms. We’re also working with rubber farmers in Thailand on regenerative agroforestry (or growing rubber trees in a forest instead of a plantation). This rubber is expected to be used in our footwear outsoles in future seasons.
In 2014 we launched the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) in partnership with Textile Exchange and Control Union Certifications, setting the standard for animal welfare in the industry.
All of the down sourced from farms into our supply chain is RDS certified. We also use recycled down, which has been sorted for quality and cleaned just like our virgin down.
We partner with the Apparel Impact Institute, International Finance Corporation’s Vietnam Improvement Program (VIP) and Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) Program, the German International Development Agency (GIZ) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to support our suppliers in increasing their energy efficiency and lowering their greenhouse gas emissions.
Each year, using the Higg Facilities Environmental Module, we estimate these initiatives save: