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.

This commitment will reduce our reliance on ‘virgin’ (new) polyester and nylon fibres derived from fossil fuels, 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.

Our Progress

We are proud to have begun incorporating recycled polyester and nylon fibres into our products, such as our growing range of active wear containing REPREVE® recycled polyester, made from recycled plastic waste, including plastic bottles. The plastic waste is washed, chopped, melted and spun into new fibres, which are blended with elastane to create a performance fabric used to make the activewear range.

Having transitioned approximately 7% of our polyester and nylon used in our own brand clothing to recycled materials in the past year, we still have some way to go, but are pleased to have begun extending our use of recycled materials in active wear to other categories such as denim, swimwear and outerwear.

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).

REPREVE® is a trademark of Unifi,Inc.

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