On Tuesday, The North Face launched Clothes The Loop, a new program debuting in select TNF retail stores this month. The Clothes the Loop program gives consumers an easy way to recycle used clothing and footwear to help keep these items out of the landfill, recycle them into new product, and protect our precious natural resources.
Apparel and footwear waste is a problem. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimated that roughly 22 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste ended up in landfills. The North Face is passionate about protecting and preserving our wild places and believe that every piece of apparel and footwear collected will help. The Clothes the Loop program is just one solution to this issue; but an important step that will help you reduce waste and reduce your footprint.
Items collected through Clothes the Loop will be sent to a recycling center where they are sorted into over 400 categories and designated either to be resold or recycled into raw materials such as insulation, carpet padding and stuffing for toys. The North Face will donate any proceeds made through the program to The Conservation Alliance, which funds community-based campaigns to protect North America's last wild places.