Environmental Sustainability

Starbucks Announces Ambitious Sustainability Pledge
January 22, 2020 at 3:28 pm

Starbucks announced Tuesday an ambitious plan to cut its waste, water use and carbon emissions in half by 2030, reports The Seattle Times. The coffee giant's CEO and President Kevin Johnson revealed that the new sustainability initiatives would have five main goals: add more menu items that are “plant-based”; shift from single-use to reusable packaging; invest in new…

2020 NRF Big Show Recap: Highlights and Trends
January 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

In this week’s Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Kristina Stidham and Ashley Chiaradio discuss the top trends to emerge from the 2020 National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City. Here are three trends we heard frequently over the three-day event: the need for retailers to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives; an increased focus…

Peruvian Connection's Commitment to Sustainability Engenders Customer Loyalty
December 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm

In episode 227 of Total Retail Talks, Executive Editor Joe Keenan interviews Annie Hurlbut, founder and CEO of Peruvian Connection, an internationally renowned brand for luxury Peruvian textiles and fibers. Listen in as Hurlbut discusses the company's 43-year history, how the brand sources fibers from artisans in Peru, and its commitment to environmental sustainability. Peruvian…

How Blockchain Can Solve Retail’s Sustainability Problem
December 20, 2019 at 1:14 pm

At this year’s G7 summit in Biarritz, 32 companies banded together to sign the Fashion Pact, a commitment to solving one of the apparel and retail industry’s biggest problems: sustainability. The fast-fashion sector has been a main contributor to the problem. With companies churning out more clothing on a faster production cycle, the fashion world…

Zappos Launches Socially Conscious Brand Platform, Goods for Good
November 14, 2019 at 1:36 pm

Zappos has created a new platform for customers who are looking for purpose-driven products, the shoe and clothing retailer announced in a press release Tuesday. The platform, Goods for Good, is a curated experience that features items from over 150 brands, all of which promote meaningful causes, and categorizes the products in five categories: recycled, organic, sustainably…

Rothy's Furthers Commitment to Sustainability With Cardboard-Free Returns Program
October 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Rothy's, a San Francisco-based direct-to-consumer footwear brand founded in 2012, is creating and selling shoes that are made from 100 percent recycled plastic water bottles and post-consumer recycled materials. A commitment to environmental sustainability is core to the brand's mission. Taking that commitment one step further, Rothy's recently became one of the first brands to…

Snowboard Brand Burton Closing Stores, E-Commerce Site to Join Global Climate Strike
September 5, 2019 at 12:23 pm

Burton will be joining millions of students and workers across the world participating in the Global Climate Strike on Fri., Sept. 20, according to a press release sent to Total Retail. To support the marches that will take place, Burton will close all its offices and stores for 24 hours so employees worldwide can join nearby marches meant to…

Why Should CEOs Embrace Supply Chain Ethics? Because Everybody Benefits
September 4, 2019 at 11:22 am

When it comes to the apparel industry, there's a “gap” in how much water is used in their manufacturing processes and how much water could be saved. According to an article in Bloomberg, Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck is pushing for his company to reduce water waste and look for ways to reduce water usage.…

Nordstrom Announces a Pair of Sustainability Initiatives
August 27, 2019 at 10:41 am

Nordstrom announced last Friday that it has launched Sustainable Style, an online shopping category that consists entirely of responsibly made products. The featured items are sustainably sourced, manufactured in factories that meet higher social or environmental standards, and/or give back. The category includes more than 2,000 items from 90 brands, including Nordstrom-made Treasure & Bond, Patagonia, Reformation,…

Walmart Sues Tesla Over Solar Panel Fires at 7 of its Stores
August 22, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Walmart is suing Tesla, Elon Musk’s electric vehicle and clean energy company, after its solar panels atop seven Walmart stores allegedly caught on fire, CNBC reported. The lawsuit, which details evacuations, damaged property and inventory, claims breach of contract, gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards. Walmart is asking Tesla to remove its solar panels from…