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%* by 2020. Globally we achieve a leading rating from global carbon benchmark, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
*against a 2010 baseline
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 1997, our customers and associates in Ireland have recycled over 200,000 bags of clothing and household goods through our in-store Give Up Clothes for Good charitable campaign. This equates to 1129 tonnes of clothing or 26500 tonnes of saved carbon emissions.
We’ve introduced LED lighting in all new and remodelled 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 to help manage delivery routes more efficiently, offering driver education and investing in technologies like vehicle tracking.
We’re investing in two innovative projects to reduce single use plastic waste:
A pilot project to clean up half the Pacific garbage patch by 2025.
An innovative pilot project that turns plastic waste into income for Pacific island communities.
We identified a list of the biggest contributors to ocean waste plastic and removed them from all of our stores and offices, including plastic drink bottles, single use carrier bags, straws, plastic cups and non-biodegradable wipes.
To help our customers reduce their carrier bag usage, we offer a variety of bags for life. The price of these includes a donation to Enable Ireland.