Our commitment to creating products that safeguard the environment is particularly challenging when it comes to delivering the high-performance apparel and equipment our customers expect.
Some of the chemicals we use to impart performance characteristics such as water, stain and oil repellency contain PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals). We are working to replace these Durable Water Repellency (DWR) chemicals with environmentally preferable options.
To clearly communicate our standards for chemical safety to all of our suppliers, The North Face maintains a Restricted Substance List (RSL) that identifies the chemical substances that are restricted for our products for regulatory, safety or environmental reasons. We help our suppliers go beyond compliance to identify environmentally preferable chemicals and to reduce overall chemical use through efficient manufacturing processes and by leveraging bluesign technologies’ apparel expertise.
Companies across the outdoor equipment and apparel industry share many of the same challenges. Spurred by our belief in the power of collaboration to develop solutions, we are working closely with our industry peers as members of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Chemical Management Working Group (CMWG). The group is focused on establishing shared approaches and tools for chemicals assessment and management. As a founding member of the OIA Sustainability Working Group, we contributed to the Eco Index, the foundation of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index, which provides a standard tool for measuring the environmental and social performance of apparel and footwear products.