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Sustainability

Our Environmental Philosophy

Gear re-Store’s business model is deeply rooted in environmental responsibility. It is undeniable that gear and apparel production is environmentally impactful, therefore we are proud to play a key role in keeping these products out of the landfill. By facilitating the repair of damaged garments and restoring their Durable Water Repellency (DWR), we are encouraging customers to consume less and thus generate less waste.

 

Our Equipment

In line with our environmental philosophies, we have invested in high quality industrial machines to meet our laundering needs. The machines utilize smart technologies to minimize the use of resources such as water and electricity. For example, when a load enters the washing machine, the machine weighs the load size and adds precisely the correct amount of water. Conversely, the dryers have unique features that save on energy, such as an automatic stop that completes the cycle as soon as the garments are dry. The dryers’ large capacities allow for fast drying as the garments are able to expand, exposing more surface area to the heated air. Ultimately, this advanced equipment allows us to achieve high quality cleaning and DWR results while minimizing our environmental footprint.

 

Nikwax®

Gear re-Store cleans and reactivates the Durable Water Repellency of more than 30,000 garments annually. We wanted to ensure that the products that we use for these services are as environmentally responsible as possible. Our commitment to using low impact products led us to select Nikwax® to serve our needs. Nikwax® is a global leader in environmentally friendly waterproofing solutions, and we are proud to work with them to achieve high quality, long lasting results for our customers. These products are:

 

Flourocarbon (PFC) Free

Products containing PFCs have been found to be extremely environmentally persistent and potentially toxic.

Phosphate Free

Phosphates can significantly damage waterways by promoting algae growth and reducing water quality.

Free of Hydrocarbon Gases

Hydrocarbon gases are strong greenhouse gases as well as highly flammable.

Highly Effective

Nikwax® is leading the waterproofing industry in environmentalism by eliminating these harmful chemicals and more, and still producing products that generate high quality waterproofing results.