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When it comes to the outdoors, we’re as passionate about protecting it as we are about getting people outside to enjoy it. We are deeply committed to keeping our natural lands pristine, minimizing our footprints and using responsible materials and standards when creating our products.

Our strong commitment to a healthy environment is nothing new. In fact, our founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, loved the outdoors so much he was a self-described conservationist. And for more than 100 years, we’ve been contributing to environmental organizations, creating and fostering special programs and putting our own hands to work in an effort to keep the outdoors beautiful, safe and accessible for everyone who wants to enjoy it.

But there’s still more we can do. That’s why we’re constantly finding new ways to facilitate a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable outdoors through the creation of our products and the buildings we make them in. And we’ll keep finding ways to improve our products and brand so that every generation is able to make the outdoors a fulfilling part of their daily lives.

Here are just some of the sustainable steps we’re taking to minimize our impact on the environment:

Choosing Materials Responsibly

One of the most important things we can do to increase sustainability and minimize environmental impact starts with our products. Using more sustainable and responsibly sourced materials reduces waste and pollution, saves energy and water, and reduces chemicals and dyes. With these guidelines and standards in place you can feel good about using our products and we can feel good about making them.

While many of our products already feature responsible materials, we’re still working hard to add more. We’re not into cutting corners, never have been. We want to do it the right way by asking the right questions and earning the right certification. This process takes a lot of time, hard work and patience – but we know it’s well worth it. We think you will too.

Recycled Materials

Using recycled fabrics not only saves energy and water, but also allows us to make use of materials that would otherwise end up in the trash. For example, switching to recycled polyester fleece in our Mountain Classic Fleece outerwear has helped keep nearly 40 million plastic bottles out of landfills since 2008.

Recycled Polyester

Polyester is the most widely used fiber worldwide. Recycling “waste” plastics to create a new textile product means we don’t need to use other resources. There are two types of polyester recycling: mechanical recycling (melting the plastic and re-extruding it to make yarns); and chemical recycling (breaking the polymer into its molecular parts and reforming the molecules into a yarn). Much of recycled polyester is derived from PET plastic bottles but it can also be made from other post-consumer plastic such as ocean waste or discarded polyester textiles, or from pre-consumer processing residues such as fabric scraps.

Recycled Nylon

Like recycled polyester, recycled nylon helps decrease dependency on resources like water, energy and fossil fuels and reduces waste in landfills and oceans. Recycled nylon can be created from materials such as discarded fishing nets, carpets, or other used textiles and has many environmental advantages.

Other Responsible Materials

Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact. Whether it’s using organic cotton or responsibly sourcing fabrics, these standards are helping us take the next steps towards more sustainable products. Here’s what we’re working on so far.

Responsible Cotton

Cotton is soft, breathable and 100% natural. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial ones, and we’re striving to keep it that way. We use organic cotton in many of our products which has been produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. We also incorporate Supima cotton into our products which is a superior type of cotton grown in the USA. Its extra-long staple fibers give it the amazing properties of strength, softness and color retention that allows your garments to last throughout all your adventures. We’re combining tradition, innovation, and science to create soft, breathable, cottons that everyone will love – the environment too.

Responsible Down

By implementing these standards, we ensure that our brand, along with the farmers, supply chain members and other third parties we partner with, adhere to and respect the Five Freedoms of the animals that provide their down and feathers (freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort and pain; freedom from injury or disease; freedom to express normal behavior; freedom from fear and distress), and meet the trust of consumers that are choosing Responsible Down Standard products.

Choosing the Right Partners

By working together with the world’s most respected and trusted industry leading organizations, we’re setting high standards and making sure those standards are being introduced into our supply chain. Here are some of our key partners:

Bluesign:

Manages and monitors the use of chemicals, dyes and finishes in the manufacturing process, helping to create fabrics that are safer for the environment, workers and customers. While we’ve always worked hard to keep chemicals out of our products, we’re especially proud to have signed on as a bluesign brand system partner in 2017.

Textile Exchange:

Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks. We identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and product end-of-life in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population.

Cotton Leads:

Cotton LEADS connects textile manufacturers, brands and retailers with opportunities to support our cotton growers’ sustainability efforts and to share data, resources and technologies globally for the benefit of improving cotton around the world. By supporting research and best practices through the Cotton LEADS program, companies help expand the global supply of sustainably produced cotton.

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