We are passionate about working to make a positive, sustainable impact on the world in which we live and conduct our business. We’ve long been committed to pursuing initiatives that are smart for our business and good for the environment. We continuously look for ways to minimise our impact on the planet.
As holders of the Carbon Trust standard, last year we reduced our Carbon Footprint by over 15% and we’re on track to reduce it by 30%* in 2020. Globally, we achieve a leading rating from global carbon benchmark, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
We have a zero waste to landfill target. All waste from stores and operations is sent to be recycled. 91% of this is diverted from landfill and we’re working on the rest.
Since 2004, our UK customers and associates have recycled over 1.6 million bags of clothing through our in store Give Up Clothes For Good charitable campaign. This equates to over 8000 tonnes of clothing or 180,000 tonnes of saved carbon emissions.
*against a 2010 baseline
We’ve introduced LED lighting in all new and remodeled stores and our processing centres. This delivers 65% more efficiency and reduces our energy consumption in each store by 42% and our processing centres by 45%.
With our logistics partners we look to maximize the utilization of our vehicles and to help manage delivery routes more efficiently, offering driver education and investing in technologies like vehicle tracking.
Reducing Plastic Use and Waste
We’re investing in projects to help reduce plastic use and waste.
The Ocean Cleanup
We’re supporting The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation with a mission to clean the world’s oceans of plastic. They expect to clean up to 50% of plastic every five years, leading to more than a 90% reduction of pollution levels by 2040 (since 2018).
The Plastic Collective
The Plastic Collective turns plastic waste into income for Pacific Island communities, and trains them to operate the machinery. The intention is to help the community remove plastic waste and create employment. We’ve funded a Shruder machine in Bali.
Through our Neighbourly partnership we’re supporting environmental and clean-up initiatives in our UK local communities. We’ve provided funds for 450 - resulting in over 4,766 bags/28 tonnes of litter being removed and over 900 bags of litter recycled.
We’ve joined forces with environmental behaviour change charity, Hubbub, to fund their Plastic Pioneers Project. This supports 12 schools in the UK to develop a range of interventions to educate children on plastic and help reduce their usage.