About Coalatree

 

Coalatree designs eco-minded gear and apparel for the adventurer in everyone, from athletes and photographers to your average city folks and weekend warriors. It’s our passion to bring elements of the outdoors and the city life together. Whether you’re summiting the tallest peaks or lounging around town with friends, our products are practical, stylish, and functional. Being ready for anything is what we’re all about.

 

 

We at Coalatree pride ourselves on making eco-friendly goods you can take anywhere. In every step of the design, manufacturing, and shipping process, we look for ways to be more sustainable and minimize our impact. Environmental responsibility is central to our mission.

Most of our goods are made from recycled or repurposed materials. Instead of creating new threads, our partners find discarded yarns and plastics, then melt them down and spin them into new fibers. Our Switchback Shirt and Decaf Denim are just a few of our items made this way.

 

We use a dye method that reduces energy and water waste at our factories. By using a "closed-loop" of CO2 vapors, not only can we reuse stored CO2, but we are able to circumvent the need for water to dye textiles.     

Our factory partners are working towards zero emissions by incorporating sustainable energy use right into their buildings, such as water-saving machinery, low-impact ventilation, and solar lighting. Many of them have replaced areas of concrete and asphalt (which can become “heat islands”) with green spaces for employee relaxation, picnics, and even farming. Our partner who makes the Trailhead Shorts and Pants even has an on-site wetland! Since dedicating part of their land to this wetland, they’ve seen an increase in local biodiversity with more birds, butterflies, earthworms, and bees.

Conventional manufacturing methods use toxic chemicals, produce hazardous waste, and contribute significantly to carbon emissions. We work only with facilities that are bluesign® approved, ensuring the highest standards are met in efficiency, safety, and clean manufacturing, so no harsh chemicals ever need to harm the environment. This includes the way we apply the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish to our products. Instead of conventional spraying and dipping, our partners apply a vapor coating which eliminates the need for those nasty chemicals.

 

Because all of the performance features in our line of coffee products are part of the fabric, not chemically added, these benefits will never wash out. This makes a better product for you and our planet!

We love trees, too! And we want to keep our forests healthy. Our hangtags and packaging are printed on recycled paper with post-consumer waste content, keeping trash out of landfills and preserving our forests. 

 

 

 

Since adopting our signature coffee grounds material in 2015, we have been able to save thousands of plastic bottles and hundreds of cups of coffee from landfills. When you purchase from Coalatree you are supporting our strive for a cleaner and more eco-friendly production cycle. 

 

 

We take our impact on our environment and our workers' health seriously at Coalatree, which is why our factories are Fair Wear® and bluesign® certified. These certifications ensure that we are taking steps to create a sustainable future for garment production.
Fair Wear is a third party organization that focuses on worker health, safety, and dignity. They perform checks throughout the entire garment process with brands, creating a transparent and honest environment for consumers and workers.
Bluesign provides solutions for brands to create sustainable production for their garments and textiles. Bluesign has strict criteria to ensure that products were manufactured with the best possible outcome for their workers and environmental impact.  

 

When Coalatree was founded in 2010, one of our goals was to give back to the environment and to our community. Those goals ring true today more than ever, and your support makes these programs possible. Here's what we're doing to make a difference.