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 longstanding partnership with the children’s charity Newlife in which we donate unsold items from our European stores, and our buying samples. In doing so, we’re able to reduce the number of unsold items that could end up in landfill, whilst helping Newlife to raise money.
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 programme. We’re also a member of industry-wide initiatives such as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to work together to improve supply chain sustainability.