Kathmandu and Lululemon Takes Sustainability Award

Power Retail By Power Retail | 30 Aug 2017

Kathmandu and Lululemon Athletica Australia are companies in the online retail space that are doing great work in environmental sustainability, when it comes to its sustainable supply chain operations.

Kathmandu and Lululemon Athletica Australia were named winners at the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation’s (APCO) annual awards held recently in Melbourne. Two other retailers, Birkenstock Australia and Country Road Group, were also finalists in the awards, heralding environmental sustainability in the retail industry.

All finalists were selected based on their performance in sustainable packaging design, comprehensive recycling systems and product stewardship activities to develop sustainable supply chains.

To take out an award for the retail category, adventure gear retailer Kathmandu focused on sourcing responsible, traceable and sustainable packaging materials and upcycled over 3.9 million post-consumer plastic bottles. Lululemon has taken great strides to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by recycling approximately 85 % of its waste in Australia and incorporating certified and recycled content into various packaging streams, such as delivery boxes, swing tags and more.

Kathmandu also won the APCO Member of the Year Award. “Sustainability is absolutely core to everything we do. It’s great that APCO recognises that Kathmandu is digging deep into environmental issues and we’d like to see other retail companies getting involved as well” said Oliver Milliner, sustainability coordinator at Kathmandu.

“With the spotlight now firmly on the waste and recycling industries, there has never been a better time for Australian businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. We commend all our finalists and award winners who are leading their industries toward a more sustainable future, and toward an Australia where packaging resources are used and disposed of wisely to minimise our environmental impact,” said Brooke Donnelly, chief executive of APCO.

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