The environmentally conscious will appreciate how The North Face is using recycled materials to remake three of their classics from the 1990s, but even if you’re not that green, you’ll still be impressed by the Eco Heritage Collection.
The collection consists of three items—the Eco Nuptse Vest, the Eco Nuptse Jacket, and the Eco Mountain Jacket. These items replace materials used in the original pieces that were released in the 1990s. Instead of the polyester taffeta and nylon used to make the pieces, the new Eco Heritage Collection uses 100 percent recycled polyester woven yoke with recycled polyester woven lining and body. For the Nuptse vest and jacket, 600-fill recycled down was used. The Mountain Jacket features recycled polyester with a DWR treatment and two-layer DryVent fabric for waterproofing.
But it’s not just about using recycled materials. To often, recycled materials aren’t made to last, so they end up creating even more waste than other materials. That’s not the case with The North Face’s Eco Heritage Collection. “Every product has a footprint,” states Greg Gausewitz, the manager of product sustainability for REI. “If we want to reduce our environmental impact, we’re better off buying gear that will last.” There’s a reason why you still see The North Face gear out there being used today. That same philosophy of making things that will last applies to the Eco Heritage Collection. These aren’t just reissues to get a quick buck; this gear is made to last from recycled materials. The Eco Heritage Collection helps the environment from both ends, using recycled materials and then lasting a lifetime.
You can pick up the Eco Heritage Collection through REI, with pieces starting at $180. This is gear you can be proud to wear, knowing that by doing so, you’re doing your part to keep this world beautiful—and to keep future generations in high-quality gear.