The North Face has joined brands like Patagonia and Rei in offering a line of refurbished pre-owned clothing.

The brand has created a new site to house these items, called The North Face Renewed, which launched earlier this week. The initial offering comprised of factory rejects and previously unsellable damaged customer returns which have been refurbished ready for resale.

Items available range from some of the technical Summit Series outerwear to more casual items from the lifestyle range. With prices dropping anywhere from 35 to nearly 50 percent, as well as being part of the re-use and recycle clothing movement, it makes perfect sense to snap up these pieces.

We are furthering our sustainability goals without sacrificing durability or technical standards

James Rogers, North Face sustainability director had this to say about the new scheme. “As we address the impacts of our products over their entire life cycle, re-commerce is an important next step in opening new markets and minimising our impact on the planet”. He continued, “We are furthering our sustainability goals without sacrificing durability or technical standards.”

The North Face have teamed up with and Oregon-based company named Renewal Workshop. They take care of the cleaning and repairs including fixing tears, replacing buttons and patching worn-out fabrics. With their own factory, the Renewal Workshop helps to make the old stuff new again, even stripping garments that can’t be fixed for their parts to be recycled.

We love the fact that big companies are joining these initiatives and trying to make a difference in reducing waste clothing. The longer you can give life to a garment the less rubbish ends up in landfill.

The only issue for us Brits about these schemes is that they are only available in the US. None of them ship to the UK.


Image from The North Face Renewed