THE WHAT? Department store Nordstrom is deepening its efforts to minimize its environmental impact by 2025. The US retailer has announced five new goals to demonstrate its continued commitment to combating climate change and increasing environmental stewardship.
THE DETAILS The fashion and beauty specialist will focus on three key impact areas, which include climate change, the environmental impact of its products and services and circularity.
To address these, Nordstrom has set the following targets: to reduce single-use plastic by 50 percent, to use sustainably sourced raw materials in 50 percent of Nordstrom Made products made from polyester, cotton and cellulosic fibers, to extend the life of 250 tons of clothing, to ensure 15 percent of all product is considered sustainable, donate US$1 million to support textile recycling innovation and set a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To that end, the department store will phase out the use of single use plastic bags from its 245-odd Nordstrom Rack stores. It has also added beauty products that meet the ‘sustainable style’ criteria to its online store and app.
THE WHY? Pete Nordstrom, President and Chief Brand Officer at Nordstrom, Inc maintains that the COVID-19 crisis has given the retailer pause for thought. “We’ve been given a unique opportunity to reimagine our future and rethink what kind of company we want to be for our customers, employees and shareholders. It’s clear that to deliver value to our stakeholders and communities, environmental sustainability needs to be a priority for our company.” He said “We’re proud of the progress we’ve made to date but are also the first to admit we’ve got a long way to go. We’re pushing ourselves to be a better company and are pleased to share these sustainability goals as part of our first step on this new journey.”