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Joining the Sustainable Gear Movement: The North Face Launches “Renewed”

Photo courtesy of The North Face.

According to United States Environmental Protection Agency, 84% of clothing ended up in landfills or incinerators in 2012. And in 2014, the United States produced 258.5 million tons of municipal solid waste. 

  

Yeah, you read that right. 85% of your clothes end up in the trash.

With this research surfacing on how humans are essentially trashing the planet, some outdoor clothing brands are finding ways to make a positive difference in consumption.

RELATED: Step Aside, Patagonia: These 7 Companies do Good Too 

Patagonia has often been in the spotlight, especially for their Worn Wear campaign and fighting political battles at the forefront of environmental protection. But this June, The North Face launched their “Renewed” line of clothing, with a similar purpose.

For a reduced price, consumers now have the option to purchase or return used and refurbished clothing from The North Face Renewed, where it is washed, repaired, tuned up, and set for its next adventure.

Though the price difference is not substantial, you can rest a little easier knowing that your old Resolve 2 rain jacket isn’t going directly to the landfill but is going to be patched up and repurposed. Better yet, as a broke college student who peruses thrift stores for used gear and is often sorely disappointed, it’s nice to know there are spots to purchase reliable used outdoor clothing.

Here’s a price comparison of some of our favorite TNF items, new vs. refurbished:

Men’s Apex Flex GTX Jacket: $195.00 used, $249.00 new

Photo courtesy of The North Face.

Men’s Summit L2 Fuseform Fleece Full Zip: $133.00 used, $200.00 new

Photo courtesy of The North Face.

Men’s Wool Baselayer Crew Neck: $83.00 used, $120.00 new

Photo courtesy of The North Face.

Women’s Ventrix Hoodie: $155.00 used, $220.00 new

Photo courtesy of The North Face.

Women’s Freedom Insulated Pants: $133.00 refurbished, $160.00 new

Photo courtesy of The North Face.

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