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‘Self-Sustaining’ Tree Inspires Biodegradable Jackets

Tentree, an apparel brand committed to making an impact on the fashion industry through eco-progessive solutions, is introducing the Essential Outerwear Collection, featuring elevated styles with deep-rooted sustainability practices.

The first drop in the series launched last week featuring lightweight, transitional weather staples designed to keep the wearer dry and warm. Merging trend-forward design and innovative technologies, each jacket not only plants 10 trees, but is made from 99 percent recycled materials.

The Essential Outerwear Collection includes three jackets that make sustainable options approachable and easy to incorporate into various versions of exploring the great outdoors. With a brand mission to make the smallest environmental impact possible, Tentree is committed to sourcing the most sustainable fibers and materials available.

Tentree is introducing the Essential Outerwear Collection, featuring elevated styles with deep-rooted sustainability practices.
A look from the Essential Outerwear Collection. Courtesy

Ranging from Repreve recycled polyesters and repurposed water bottles, to groundbreaking, biodegradable Kapok fibers, all styles in the collection were crafted using materials that are paving the way for more sustainable apparel production and manufacturing.

The unisex Treeline canvas jacket is a gender-fluid jacket made of all compostable materials and is fully biodegradable, meaning given the right conditions, it will eventually break down to its basic components and blend back in with the earth without leaving any toxins or waste behind.

The jacket’s insulation is made from Kapok, a fiber harvested directly from the self-sustaining Ceiba tree. Ceiba tree requires no irrigation, sequesters carbon, provides food and habitat for other species, and replenishes the soil it grows in rather than impoverishing it. Traditionally used for household products for its natural heat retention properties, the Kapok in the Treeline canvas jacket marks one of the first times in which the fiber will be utilized in apparel.

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While standard jackets typically include hammered-in shank buttons, the Treeline canvas jacket uses a removable button alternative that can be unscrewed and repurposed at end of the product life cycle. The jacket is available in fox trot brown and olive night green. It retails for $178 and comes in sizes XXS to XXL.

The men’s nimbus rain jacket has functionality, sustainability and urban-inspired design in mind. Featuring a certified Bluesign-approved lining and Repreve recycled products, the jacket is a waterproof, environmentally conscious option. Completed with a YKK Aquaguard waterproof zipper and a fully lined body and hood, the jacket comes in jet black and black olive green. It sells for $178 in sizes S to XXL.

The women’s nimbus short rain jacket is waterproof made with Repreve and features Natulon Zippers that are made from recycled, post-consumer materials and polyester products. Similar to its men’s wear counterpart, the jacket has a certified Bluesign-approved lining and a shell made from 100 percent Repreve recycled polyester.

Prioritizing function and durability, this rain jacket also includes an adjustable hood that can be self-stored until needed, fully taped seams to eliminate water penetration and reflective strips on the inside of the sleeve that can be folded up for safe, nighttime adventures. It is available in jet black and mulberry for $138 in sizes XS to XL.

In support of Tentree’s goal to plant 1 billion trees by 2030, every item sold from this collection plants 10 trees, adding to the 61 million already planted by the brand at partner projects around the world.

“Planting trees is one of the best ways to create a more sustainable future,” Tentree CEO and co-founder Derrick Emsley said. “If every piece of clothing we owned planted 10 trees, we would be able to reforest the planet in no time. We pride ourselves in being tree planters first and foremost, but over the years we have learned that our journey does not start and end here.”

“By constantly evolving to make apparel with the smallest environmental footprint, while also creating more circular supply chains, we are making big changes more accessible through actions as small as getting dressed,” Emsley added. “This year alone, we have expanded into new categories that make sustainable choices easier than ever with innovative activewear and underwear launches. We are thrilled to be debuting the world’s most sustainable outerwear to further demonstrate that giving back to nature can truly be as easy as going back out into it.”