A clothing line that looks good, is reasonably priced and helps the environment? Yep, it’s possible. And it’s the new The North Face Renewed Collection! If you’re a fan of the brand, check out their new line and what it might mean for you (and the planet too).

The North Face Renewed Collection isn’t just any ol’ outdoorsy clothing line. It’s the company’s first “refurbished” product collection. You’ve probably heard the term “refurbished” at some point in your shopping history. But it isn’t likely that the word is applied to clothing.

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Refurbished products are abundant in the electronics and appliance worlds. When you walk into most big box electronics/appliance retailers, you can typically find a refurbished shelf, rack or stack. These are items that have been returned or used briefly in some way (such as floor models). Even though they’ve seen use, most companies carefully inspect, repair and warrant these items.

The same thinking behind buying a refurbished laptop goes for buying a refurbished The North Face jacket. Kind of. These are all items that have been returned or were defective/damaged. Instead of adding to the U.S.’s landfills, The North Face has decided to repurpose and renew these items.

According to Director of Sustainability at The North Face, James Rogers, “As we address the impacts of our products over their entire lifecycle, recommerce is an important next step in opening new markets and minimizing our impact on the planet. We are furthering our sustainability goals without sacrificing durability or technical standards. Ultimately, as we work to scale Renewed, we will be proving a larger, circular model for the industry.”

So what can you expect from the Renewed line and where can you get it? Currently, The North Face Renewed features popular products such as the Denali jacket, the Summit Series and other well-loved outdoorsy items (including outerwear, hoodies and more).  Right now the products are only available online at thenorthfacerenewed.com.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: The North Face

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