This month we talked to Recover, an industry pioneer in sustainable textiles, specializing in manufacturing and marketing apparel and accessories out of 100% recycled materials and headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Their mission is to create the best, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible, and to educate and inspire those around us to live and work for a sustainable tomorrow.

1. Recover has set a high bar for comfort and sustainability in the great outdoors — tell us more about this awesome company!

Recover has been a mission driven company since 2010, when our founder had the vision of building a company that integrated his passion for protecting the natural environment and his background in textiles. Sustainability is in our DNA and we’ve been on a mission to create the best, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible, and to educate and inspire those around us to live and work for a sustainable tomorrow since the beginning.

With thought and intention, we take a holistic approach to sustainability – we have cut down our carbon emissions through the use of HyperLocal supply chains and low waste raw materials, and in doing so, we are able to divert waste from landfills, reduce carbon emissions, save energy and water throughout the production of our product. These are just a few examples of how Recover distinguishes itself by prioritizing sustainability and social responsibility at every stage of the production process. We also strive to actively engage with our community to create a positive impact.

2. Recover has been a part of the Outdoor Business Alliance since its beginnings. Tell us how your company originally got involved.

We got involved with the Outdoor Business Alliance (then known as Outdoor Gear Builders) when the organization was founded almost a decade ago. The seed was first planted at Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville when we were talking with our friends at ENO and SylvanSport about the thriving outdoor scene in Western North Carolina. The idea of having an official group of local outdoor brands working together to share ideas, resources, and best practices made so much sense and we were committed from the beginning. Our founder, Bill, took an active role in the organization and was on the original board. Fast forward to today and we’re still very active in the organization and one of our team members, Ashley, is serving on the current board.

3. How are you working with other members of the Outdoor Business Alliance?

Our partnerships with fellow members of the OBA continues to deepen our connection to our local community and entrepreneurial spirit of Western North Carolina and beyond. We really enjoy partnering with other OBA organizations to outfit them with custom, sustainable apparel which enables them to better share their passion/mission towards more sustainable business practices. Whether it’s providing staff uniforms or retail merch, we have something for everyone.

The opportunities to make meaningful relationships, learn from peers, and to collaborate on projects is never ending.

4. What’s next for Recover?   

We want to continue to help everyone to get closer to their environmental and social responsibility goals, targets and aspirations. Recover has been on a relentless pursuit to outfit everyone with the most environmentally and socially responsible customized apparel and gear on the planet.

And, we are just getting started…