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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 06/21/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION231.2MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
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EQUIVALENT TO 179.2 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
19,549 YTD

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8/4/2015

Macy’s Sustainable Packaging Initiative

POSTED UNDER Recycling & Waste Reduction

The fourth point in our 5-Point Action Plan for Sustainability is this: We will take a comprehensive approach to sustainability, involving everyone around us.

Keeping in line with this action plan, we’ve started a Sustainable Packaging Initiative, focusing on the packaging of our supplier base. Branching out from our internal brands, we’re now collaborating with key vendor partners to identify common sustainable and economic goals, starting with housewares.

These partners include:

  • Keurig
  • Calphalon – Newell Rubbermaid
  • Kitchenaid – Whirlpool
  • Analon, Circulon, Farberware – Meyer

The mission of the Sustainable Packaging Initiative? Advance sustainability at Macy’s through strategic packaging initiatives that drive progress in measurable ways with lower environmental impact while preserving or improving supply chain economics and product presentation.

The goal? It’s simple, really. To reduce the amount of packaging and promote the use of more eco-friendly packaging, both of which provide benefits from an environmental, social and cost perspective.

What does this mean? Moving towards less or multipurpose packaging that is partly or completely recyclable means less is waste going into our landfills. And a smaller carton size means more product can be shipped in the same truck, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint.

The Macy’s team has been working on this project for nearly a year, collaborating directly with packaging engineers on the vendor side – people who have strong skill sets in development and creative concepts for packaging. The idea is to collaborate and share information among Macy’s and vendors to form solutions that are greater than what could be achieved independently.

Since this initiative began, Macy’s has met with these vendor partners several times along with monthly update calls. The next meeting is planned, being held at one of Macy’s distribution centers.

The ultimate goal is to take nonrenewable packaging to one that is all things sustainable: repurposed, recyclable and compostable. Thanks to the team and vendors piloting our sustainable packaging initiative for working to make our housewares a little more eco-friendly. Be on the lookout for updates to this initiative in the future!