By Patricia Escarcega on Mar 8, 2013

The North Face Launches Clothing Recycling Program

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The North Face, the world’s largest outdoor clothing company, has partnered with I:CO and The Conservation Alliance to launch a new recycling program designed to keep clothing out of landfills.

The Clothes The Loop program allows consumers to drop off worn out or unwanted clothing at participating The North Face stores, regardless of condition or brand. Specially marked collection bins have been placed in ten of the company’s retail stores, including Chicago, New York and San Francisco locations.

Consumers who drop off items will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for $10 off a purchase from one of the company’s stores.

The Clothes The Loop program will be carried out in collaboration with I:CO, a company that collects, sorts and recycles used textiles and shoes. I:CO has previously partnered with PUMA, Foot Locker, adidas, Carhartt, Volcom and H&M.

Items deposited into the bins will be sent to a recycling center where they are sorted, reused or recycled into raw materials, including fibers for new clothing, carpet padding, stuffing for toys and carpet padding, according to The North Face on its website.

“Our partnership with I:CO takes our commitment to reducing waste even further by providing our customers with an alternative end for products they no longer want or need, keeping these items from landfills and protecting our natural playgrounds,” said Adam Mott, The North Face corporate sustainability manager.

Approximately 22 billion pounds of textile waste ended up in landfills in 2010, according to the U.S. EPA. The production of a single T-shirt consumes between 10,000 and 30,000 liters of water and produces almost eight pounds of C02 emissions, says I:CO on its website. Only five to ten percent of these quantities are used or produced during the recycling process, the company says.

All proceeds from the program will benefit The Conservation Alliance, which helps fund community-based campaigns to protect wilderness and recreation areas.

Learn more about the Clothes The Loop program and find participating locations at The North Face website.

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