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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 01/19/2018

SOLAR PRODUCTION97.0MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
1,494 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 79.5 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
1,225 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $10,728 DOLLARS SAVED
$165,242 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 176,535 MILES NOT DRIVEN
2,719,174 YTD

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11/18/2013

Store Packaging Goes Sustainable at Macy’s

POSTED UNDER In the Details

While Macy’s invests a lot of time in large scale sustainability projects, we don’t forget that the details add up. Smaller changes in some of our most basic business practices can make a huge difference in reducing waste. A perfect example is the way Macy’s has enhanced sustainability in the bags, boxes and wrapping tissue used in our stores.

In 2008, Macy’s replaced the primary handled shopping bag used in its stores with ones made from kraft paper containing recycled paper. The bags are now made from 100 percent recycled paper with 50 percent post-consumer waste content. The new bag also is 100 percent recyclable. It replaced a laminated paper bag that was neither made from recycled content nor recyclable. In total, Macy’s uses more than 73 million handled shopping bags each year.

In addition, in order to provide customers with more options when making a purchase, all Macy’s stores carry reusable tote bags. The totes sell for a nominal amount, encouraging customer use. Macy’s stores and websites continue to use recyclable folding gift boxes (100 percent recycled with 35 percent post-consumer waste) and wrapping tissue (100 percent recycled with 40 percent post-consumer waste). Each year, Macy’s uses approximately 34 million folding gift boxes and 154 million sheets of wrapping tissue.

Our goal of changing store packaging and encouraging customers to help us reduce the use of unsustainable shopping bags is only one of the many initiatives Macy’s takes on to reduce the carbon footprint of doing business.