Retail Waste Recovery

Operation: Retail Waste Recovery Let’s start this post with one sobering statistic: According to Vogue magazine, fifty million tons of clothing end up in landfills every year. That’s right. Fifty million tons. Let’s now look at this set of facts. Thanks to falling costs, streamlined operations, and rising consumer spending, clothing production doubled from 2000 to 2014, and the number of garments purchased each year by the average consumer increased by 60 percent. That’s right. […]

Waste in Retail Packaging

Waste in Retail Packaging: A Brief Primer Full disclosure: This article was particularly tough to write. Sure, the subject itself, waste in packaging, can be both depressing and difficult to describe. But on a more personal level, I had to come face-to-face with an inconvenient truth. I was a major contributor to the waste problem.  You see, I had converted to mostly online shopping following the birth of my first child. Oof. As I did […]

Glass Orb and Leaves

Can Retail Go Circular?

I’ve been in love with the idea of the Circular Economy ever since I first heard about it. Zero waste.  Closed system. So simple, clean, and alluring.  As someone who’s spent her professional life in retail, I had to wonder: Could the Circular Economy be THE breakthrough? Could it help us talk more compellingly about sustainability and accelerate progress on the issue?  Now, as much as I loved working in retail—mass retail, to be specific—something never sat quite right […]