XD Apparel jackets are made in polyester recycled from post-consumer beverage bottles, which contributes to reducing waste. Recycled polyester is considered one of the most sustainable fibers available, rating well even against organic cotton.
A recent Life Cycle Analysis comparing recycled polyester with standard polyester concluded that the recycled fiber has a lighter carbon footprint because it requires less energy to produce (40-85% less), thereby reducing its impact on global warming potential (GWP) by 25-75%. The study also found that mechanically recycled polyester, the fiber XD Apparel uses, has a better environmental profile than chemically recycled polyester.
We are, however, dependent on availability and progress in both recycling processes and textile technologies, which means that the fabrics XD Apparel now uses are made in 100% recycled polyester when possible and in a blend of 50% recycled polyester with 50% virgin polyester, when no other option is satisfactory.
Our suppliers are working to increase the recycled content without sacrificing quality. Each fabric is chosen to offer the best combination of performance, durability, wearer comfort and environmental impact. We work with suppliers that share our values and strive to reduce the environmental footprint of their products and business, these include leading maker of fastening solutions YKK and global thermal insulation manufacturer Thermore®.