As an international retailer with a complex supply chain, we make a real effort to reduce our impact on the planet wherever we can. The work of Primark’s Environmental Sustainability team covers many things: how raw materials such as cotton are sourced, the environmental impact of manufacturing processes in factories, the efficiency of Primark stores and our commitment to recycle wherever possible. It all makes a difference.
Some things we’ve been doing for longer than others. For example, our customers have been showing off our brown paper bags for years. We also have a partnership with the charity K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers in which we donate unsold items from our U.S. stores. In doing so, we’re able to reduce the number of unsold items that could end up in landfills, while helping K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers distribute clothes to those in need.
Our work with partners is an important part of how we make progress in tackling big sustainability challenges. For example, we are reviewing the type of chemicals used to dye materials that our clothes are made from through the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals program. We’re also a member of industry-wide initiatives such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to work together to improve supply chain sustainability.