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Carhartt and Uniqlo’s New Outerwear Gets Innovative on Insulation, Recycling

Winter is coming and outerwear brands are going to new heights to meet potential extreme cold temperatures as well as consumer demand for sustainably made apparel.

Carhartt has introduced an updated Yukon Extremes collection, built for men and women who battle extreme cold conditions. It’s the warmest and most durable gear made by the premium workwear brand.

Carhartt’s original Yukon collection was developed 25 years ago, but the company said it is committed to evolving its products to meet the changing needs of consumers and to improve its gear. The re-invented Yukon Extremes collection was updated this year to be warmer and tougher, without the weight.

Built to offer complete cold-weather defense, the new Yukon Extremes collection has less bulk while adding warmth, increasing movement and improving functionality. In addition, it’s the first time Yukon Extremes gear has been available in the company’s women’s line and also introduces a fleece offering.

“With Yukon Extremes, we knew we needed to offer a product that provided extreme warmth and durability at an affordable price point that could be used in the coldest environments, such as the Arctic,” Alex Guerrero, senior vice president and general manager of global product at Carhartt, said.

To ensure the Yukon Extremes collection would protect hardworking people in the harshest conditions, Carhartt sourced a variety of fabrics that were held to rigorous testing methods. The company also created its own abrasion testing to aggressively test the durability. As a result, the company selected a 500-denier Cordura fabric shell and 3M Thinsulate insulation for many of the pieces.

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Throughout the design process, Carhartt worked closely with 3M to introduce a new reflective safety technology that offers retro-reflectivity and versatility.

The Carhartt Yukon Extremes collection includes an insulated Parka, coverall, active jacket, biberall, Wind Fighter Fleece active jacket,” a full swing insulated coat, and Wind Fighter Fleece vest.

Winter is coming and outerwear brands are going to new heights to meet potential extreme cold temperatures and be more sustainable.
A look from Carhartt’s updated Yukon Extremes collection. Carhartt

Uniqlo is launching Re.Uniqlo, an initiative that collects the brand’s clothing that is no longer needed by customers and gives them new life and value. This effort is a new step toward benefiting the environment and communities by keeping valuable resources out of landfills.

The first offering includes recycled down jackets that incorporate rejuvenated down taken from 620,000 jackets gathered from Japan since September 2019. In addition, Uniqlo has initiated a new down product collection campaign in stores across 21 global markets, including the U.S..

Uniqlo said it is committed to providing customers with more sustainable apparel, notably by using sustainable materials and using less resources in production processes. Re.Uniqlo is a major step forward building upon these efforts and further develops the All-Product Recycling initiative that the brand started in 2006 to collect lightly used clothing from customers and donate them to refugees and others in need and promotes product-to-product recycling.

The Re in Re.Uniqlo symbolizes the virtues of recycling, reusing and reducing. Under the initiative, the company collects pre-worn Uniqlo items from customers to be recycled as part of new products. In the process, waste, carbon dioxide emissions and resource consumption are reduced throughout product lifecycles.

In the U.S., customers handing in used Uniqlo down merchandise to store cashiers will receive a voucher for $10 off any men’s or women’s down outerwear, which can be used in stores or online at until Dec. 31.