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 charity campaign supporting Enable Ireland. 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 projects to help reduce plastic use and waste:
We’re supporting the clean-up of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (the large-scale accumulation of plastic halfway between California and Hawaii) by supporting The Ocean Cleanup – a non-profit organisation whose mission it is to clean the world’s oceans of plastic. To support The Ocean Cleanup’s work, we’re funding the ballast weights, used to keep the systems they used weighted down. The Ocean Cleanup expect to be able to clean up 50% of the plastic every five years, leading to more than a 90% reduction of pollution levels by 2040 (since 2018).
The Plastic Collective is an innovative pilot project that turns plastic waste into income for Pacific Island communities. We’ve funded a Shruder machine in Bali, which transforms plastic waste into shred that can be sold on or melted down into new products. The project is delivering training to assist the community in operating the machine and developing microbusinesses in the area. The intention is to help the community remove plastic waste and improve the local environment by creating employment and income from these microbusinesses.
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 you reduce your carrier bag usage, we also offer a variety of bags for life (which include a donation to Enable Ireland).