Most of our goods are made from recycled or repurposed materials. Instead of creating new threads, our partners find discarded yarns and even plastics, then melt them down and spin them into new fibers. Our Trailhead Shorts, Pants, and Kachula Adventure Blanket are just a few of our items made this way.
We use a dye method that reduces energy and water waste at our factories. By using a "closed-loop" of CO2 vapors, not only can we reuse stored CO2, but we are able to circumvent the need for water to dye textiles.
Our factory partners are working towards zero emissions by incorporating sustainable energy use right into their buildings, such as water-saving machinery, low-impact ventilation, and solar lighting. Many of them have replaced areas of concrete and asphalt (which can become “heat islands”) with green spaces for employee relaxation, picnics, and even farming. Our partner who makes the Trailhead Shorts and Pants even has an on-site wetland! Since dedicating part of their land to this wetland, they’ve seen an increase in local biodiversity with more birds, butterflies, earthworms, and bees.
Conventional manufacturing methods use toxic chemicals, produce hazardous waste, and contribute significantly to carbon emissions. We work only with facilities that are bluesign® approved, ensuring the highest standards are met in efficiency, safety, and clean manufacturing, so no harsh chemicals ever need to harm the environment. This includes the way we apply the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish to our products. Instead of conventional spraying and dipping, our partners apply a vapor coating which eliminates the need for those nasty chemicals.
Because all of the performance features in our line of coffee products are part of the fabric, not chemically added, these benefits will never wash out. This makes a better product for you and our planet!
We love trees, too! And we want to keep our forests healthy. Our hangtags and packaging are printed on recycled paper with post-consumer waste content, keeping trash out of landfills and preserving our forests.