Sustainability

Our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, was an avid outdoorsman first and a businessman second, so our strong commitment to the outdoors is nothing new. For over a century, L.L.Bean has constantly found new ways to lessen our environmental impact through the creation of our products and the efficiency of the buildings we make them in – and we’re working hard every day to do even more.

Choosing Responsible

Materials

We’ve always worked hard to make our products more durable, now we’re working to make them more sustainable too.

100% cotton

100%

By 2025, our goal is to use responsible cotton in 100% of our cotton products. As of 2019, we’re at 20%.

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100%

By 2025, our goal is to use recycled polyester in 100% of our apparel. As of 2019, we’re at 15%.

70% of our product will have recycled nylon by 2025

70%

By 2025, our goal is to use recycled nylon in 70% of our apparel. As of 2019, we’re at 12%.

Responsible down standards on 100% of our down products.

100%

We use Responsible Down Standard (RDS) on 100% of our down products.

Creating Sustainable

Facilities

Reduced waste, less emissions and greener designs.

50%

By 2025, our goal is to reduce our US owned and controlled Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 50%. We’ve already reduced GHG by 30%, exceeding our originally anticipated goal of 20%.

84%

We currently recycle 84% of the waste in our Maine facilities and are continually looking for additional improvements.

The Right Sustainable

Partners

We work together with the world’s most trusted industry leading organizations to ensure the highest standards are used when making our products. Here are just some of our key partners:

“My great-grandfather L.L. was a conservationist, understanding the connection between the joy of the outdoors and the need to protect our precious resources. Land access and preservation has always been one of L.L.Bean's core values.”

Shawn Gorman, Executive Chairman of the Board and Great-Grandson of L.L. Bean

Learn More About Our Sustainability Efforts

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Product Sustainability

Every product we make is thoughtfully designed with the outdoors in mind. Our products are designed to last a long time which has a lower impact on the environment.

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Suppliers

Whether our products are made in Maine or across the globe, everyone plays an important role in helping achieve exceptional quality and sustainability.