Salt Lake City, Utah — The North Face is using three different recycled yarns in its Denali line of fleece jackets, all from Utah-based yarn-maker Unifi. The yarns, collectively branded Repreve, are made from recycled plastic bottles, old fabric scraps and are formulated to reduce the amount of water needed for dyeing.
Portland, Ore. — Columbia Sportswear has filed a lawsuit against accessory-maker Seirus Innovation, accusing it of violating patents of the Omni-Heat fabric by making and selling products that contain the technology without Columbia’s permission. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Columbia filed essentially the same lawsuit a year ago.
Washington, D.C. — Despite the major contributions of the outdoor industry on the American economy, the federal government currently doesn’t officially track these figures in the same way that it does for other economic sectors, such as energy, education or health care. Starting Wednesday, the Center for American Progress, along with several outdoor industry organizations, have launched the Count My Job campaign, which will lobby the President and Congress to begin measuring outdoor recreation’s contribution to the GDP.
San Francisco, Calif. — Grand View Research, a market research firm, is predicting that the waterproof breathable textiles market will hit $1.73 billion by 2020, fueled by consumers’ growing fitness awareness and desire for high-performance apparel. Additionally, the organization predicted that membranes will emerge as the largest segment of this market within the next six years.
Lawrence, Mass. — Polartec’s mix of wool and synthetic fibers, Power Wool, has just started to hit the market. Brands QOR and Kitsbow have products already available featuring the material, and more than 20 more brands will feature the material starting this spring. They include: 66º North, Athleta, Beretta, Brooks-Range, Cabelas, Crazy Idea, Eider, Gornik, Ibex, Mammut, Millet, Mission Workshop, Mountain Force, Roeckl, Ternua, Teton Bros, Trangoworld, Under Armour and Westcomb.
Moab, Utah — Roped activities, including ziplining, highlining, climbing, slacklining, rappelling and rope swinging are banned for two years at the Corona Arch and Gemini Bridges in Moab, Utah. The decision was based on complaints from hikers that the areas were getting too crowded, in part fueled by a 2013 video called “World’s Largest Rope Swing.”
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