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The North Face Unveils Locally Sourced, Produced “Backyard” Hoodie

Outdoor apparel company The North Face, has debuted a cotton hoodie that was designed, sourced and manufactured locally, near its headquarters in California, as part of its collection of responsible products.

With the help of the Sustainable Cotton Project, a California-farm based program dedicated to change the way cotton is farmed and manufactured, and Fibershed, an organization that works to support the creation of local apparel and textiles, the company set out to design and create a unique product, named the Backyard Project limited edition collection. The goal was to do start-to-finish production within 150 miles of its San Francisco headquarters.

The outdoor apparel brand nearly met the goal, but the yarn had to be spun in the Carolinas instead of California.

First, the cotton was grown in Capay Valley in Brooks, Calif. and San Joaquin, Calif., then spun in Thomasville, N.C. The yarn was then knitted into fabric in Clover, S.C., cut to minimize waste in Oakland, Calif., sewn into a garment in San Leandro, Calif. and finally, created in Alameda, Calif.

The Backyard Project hoodie is available now in limited quantities at The North Face store locations throughout the country and online at the retailer’s website. The hoodie is offered in men’s and women’s styles at $125 each. The collection will soon feature tees as well.

The North Face has shown much dedication to sustainable sourcing methods and products with the creation of its Responsible Down Standard and its various sustainability projects including, its Clothes the Loop recycling program and The North Face Polybag Brigade, the company’s effort to ensure polybags are recycled and repurposed.