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BODY HQ TOWARDS ZERO WASTE

August 24, 2017
Cotton On Body HQ Towards Zero Waste
Here at BODY HQ we’re on a journey to be a little more green. We believe it’s possible to be a leading fashion retailer and be sustainable. We’re committed to ethical sourcing; we use responsibly grown cotton and our products are manufactured in safe environments. But on top of this we’re working with Closed Loop Environmental Solutions to improve the impact of our daily habits at Head Office, with the goal of a Zero Waste model. Read about some of the initiatives we’re proud to be implementing below.

DID YOU KNOW?

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• The average Australian generates 2.1 tonnes of rubbish per year

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• 40% of this is being dumped in the environment or sent to landfill

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• 47% of our household waste is made up of organic waste like food scraps & garden cuttings

Based on these stats, Stage 1 of our Towards Zero program involves:

IMPLEMENTING FOOD WASTE COMPOSTING
Half of all household waste is organic, so there’s a big opportunity to minimise our contribution to landfill through composting.

IMPROVING CURRENT RECYCLING FRAMEWORK
Does everyone know what goes where? And more importantly, are they sticking to it? How can we make it easy for our BODY team to do the right thing?

PROVIDING NEW SEPARATE STREAM RECYCLING FOR SPECIALTY ITEMS, SUCH AS COFFEE CUPS
Though we encourage KeepCups as much as possible, a lot of people still aren’t aware that the polyethylene lining in many coffee cups means that they can’t be recycled the normal way. Where can we be better by using alternatives for commonly used items, or at least make sure everything is disposed of safely and with the least harm to the environment?

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We learnt from Closed Loop that “on average, the true cost of wasted materials is about ten times the cost of disposal.”

So with the help from their team we’ve been empowered to ask ourselves questions like ‘Do I need to print this’? ‘Is there a more environmentally friendly option’, or ‘How can I recycle or reuse this’?

It’s the small steps that conquer a mountain, and we’re excited for the Zero Waste journey ahead.

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