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NPL RENEW

NPL RENEW FAQ

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NPL RENEW CRUISING SAILS

NPL RENEW is available for cruising mainsails, headsails and genoas for boats ranging from 25 to 45 feet. North Sails offers two versions to suit your sailing needs.

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NPL RENEW FAQ

Do you have questions about NPL RENEW? Learn more on this sustainable sailcloth with our FAQs from RENEW Product Director Tom Davis.

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“It feels tough and it looks good. It’s also super bright white, not just white, which is kind of neat in a world where all sails are black these days. The quality, craftsmanship and stitching are all beautiful. My toy is a little bit cooler because of NPL RENEW.”

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why is North Sails offering RENEW sail materials?

A: NPL RENEW represents North Sails' comprehensive initiative to seek and develop more sustainable materials that deliver sails without compromise in durability and performance. Since its inception, North Sails has been at the forefront of sailmaking technology, consistently introducing industry-changing advances. The quest for sustainability involves examining alternative fibers and other component materials, low-impact manufacturing, and circular material opportunities. 

North Sails has committed to adopting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to learn about the ecological impact of all products and to establish goals for reducing waste and pollution. An important aspect of achieving these goals is to introduce more recycled content. By 2025, North Sails will implement a Responsible Product Scorecard for all products and will also establish measurable goals for circular products that can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.

Q: How do you maintain performance and longevity with more sustainable materials?

A: Rigorous research and testing are fundamental to North Sails' approach to incorporating sustainable materials. We diligently evaluate evolving materials, ensuring authenticity with thorough testing in our state-of-the-art R&D Labs in Minden, NV (USA) and Sri Lanka. Trials on the water further assess performance and sail shape. The final raw material blend is optimized and manufactured at North Sails' own factory in Sri Lanka.

Q: NPL RENEW is available in two choices - standard and high-modulus. Can you explain these two versions of NPL RENEW?

A: NPL RENEW offers two versions - standard (SM) and high-modulus (HM). The standard version features recycled polyester, ideal for smaller boats. The high-modulus variant includes adding bio-based Dyneema yarn reinforcement for very low stretch and high strength, suitable for boats up to 45 feet.

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