Polyester and Nylon

Polyester and nylon are two of the most important materials at Target, and globally account for approximately 50 per cent of all fibre used in textile production. The durability, hand feel, shape retention and washability of these fibres make them an important material in our clothing and bedding products.

However, polyester and nylon present environmental challenges. As synthetic materials, they draw on fossil-fuels and their production use significant amounts of chemicals, water and energy. There is evidence that small microfibres can also wash-off polyester and nylon fabric and garments during manufacture and use.

As part of our long-term strategy, we have committed that 100 per cent of the polyester and nylon used in our own brand clothing and bedding ranges will be from recycled content by July 2024.

Our plan is to source recycled polyester and nylon fibre for these products, such as REPREVE®, which is made from recycled plastic materials, including plastic bottles. 

This commitment will reduce our reliance on ‘virgin’ (new) polyester and nylon fibre, as well as water and energy use in production, while also creating a market for both pre and post-consumer polyester materials that could otherwise end up in landfill.

In addition to our commitment on recycled fibres, we will be working closely with industry leaders to understand and to develop a plan to address the environmental risks related to microfibres.

*Excluding footwear, accessories and all functional trims (e.g. zips) and decorative details (e.g. lace or ribbons).

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