Most outerwear you’ll find on the market today is made with oil-based polymers – namely polyester and nylon. Producing these fabrics requires a prolific amount of water and energy, and produces high levels of air pollution. It’s simply not sustainable to keep making our jackets and coats in this way.
So in an effort to move forward, we took a step back, working with our partners in design, sourcing and production to find alternatives that would minimize environmental impact without lessening the quality of our goods.
“All fabrics must pass the same quality standards in our lab. Recycled materials are no exception.”
—Bethany B., L.L.Bean Testing Lab Raw Materials Specialist
*According to research conducted by UK-based WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme).