The North Face has expanded its Clothes The Loop recycling program to all of its retail and outlet stories in the US and has set a goal to recycle more than 100,000 pounds of apparel and footwear this year.
Through Clothes The Loop, in partnership with I:Collect, the company has diverted more than 14,540 pounds (7.27 tons) of apparel and footwear from landfills. The program accepts used apparel and footwear from any brand in any clean, dry condition.
Items collected through Clothes The Loop are sent to a recycling center where they are sorted into more than 350 categories and designated either to be reworn, repurposed or recycled into raw materials for other products such as insulation, carpet padding, stuffing for toys and fiber for new apparel and footwear.
The EPA estimates 24 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) goes to landfills each year. This accounts for about 5 percent of all landfill space. Between 1999 and 2009, the volume of this waste grew by 40 percent, while the diversion rate only increased by 2 percent.
The North Face says recycling 300 million t-shirts would avoid the use of up to 210 billion gallons of water and keep up to 1 million pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere.
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