SOLAR PRODUCTION117.9MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
EQUIVALENT TO 91.4 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
EQUIVALENT TO $12,620 DOLLARS SAVED
EQUIVALENT TO 198,140 MILES NOT DRIVEN
Every industry faces tough sustainability issues, and retail is no exception. Earlier this year, leading executives joined together at the Sustainability in Retail panel discussion to face the challenges head on. Sponsored by Macy’s Go Green Employee Resource Group (ERG) and the MMG Green Team, the panel featured sustainability superstars in a lively and enlightening discussion that tackled topics from the current market for sustainable/organic products and product lifecycle assessment to strategies for incorporating sustainability into companies the size and scale of Macy’s.
Sustainability in Retail panel participants included:
Macy’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs Jim Sluzewski moderated the discussion, which also highlighted the importance of sustainability and transparency to the critical Millennial market; Macy’s, Inc. Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren kicked off the panel and shared the importance of sustainability. The impact of apparel production alone is staggering – a single pair of regular jeans requires 2,912 liters of water (enough to provide basic survival needs for a person for two years); the use of toxic chemicals including some carcinogens and 12 square meters of harvested land, according to Levi Strauss & Co.’s “The Life Cycle of a Jean” study.
The panel found that the growing awareness around the environmental and social impacts of the global apparel industry demand that we all rethink the way we do business, and retailers and manufacturers alike are getting on board. In addition to the great work Macy’s is doing on a daily basis, H&M, Target, Walmart, Eileen Fisher and Kering Group are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint and preserve the environment for future generations. In fact, panel participant Levi Strauss & Co. is researching the potential for introducing “green jeans,” covered in an earlier Green Living article.
Lundgren also emphasized that Macy’s as an organization continually learns about what the best and most important actions are for the company – and implements them whenever possible (find out more about what we’ve accomplished as a company ). On our road to sustainability, we strive to be better every day.
Check out the highlights below, or click here to watch the full video.
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