Sustainability

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THE LATEST

THE LATEST

Here are a few of the things we've been working on:

Sustainable Shopping, Simplified
Sustainable shopping can be tricky — we’d like to change that. 40% of styles in our SS21 collections contain a more sustainable attribute (not a perfect number, but we’re working on it) and we’ve made these styles easier to find, shop and learn about. Filter for styles that contain certified organic materials, certified recycled materials and wood-based fabrics from sustainably managed forests, here.
Earth Day Donation
Denim
To honour 2021’s Earth Day theme ― Restore Our Earth™ ― we made a donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), the nation’s largest land conservation organization. The donation will go towards the NCC’s ecosystem restoration project at Kootenay River Ranch in B.C., helping to restore 65 hectares of forests and grasslands for the benefit of regional wildlife and people. A cause close to home — we’re proud to be part of renewing this vibrant ecosystem located near our founding headquarters.
The United Nations Global Compact
Denim
In March 2021, Aritzia joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact ― an initiative that works to implement universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. As a leading global corporate sustainability resource, the UN Global Compact actively engages with businesses in cooperation with civil society and representatives of organized labour. Aritzia’s membership signals our commitment to these values and provides a platform to enhance our transparency on actions taken to support their advancement.
Binners’ Project
Binners Project
Binners’ Project is a group of informal recycling collectors dedicated to social inclusion, economic development and waste diversion. Since August 2020, we’ve proudly partnered with Binners’ Project with the goal of increasing our waste diversion rate at our Vancouver Support Office to keep items out of landfills. We are committed to embedding responsible practices in everything we do — our work with Binners’ Project supports our Zero Waste efforts, engages our people on our sustainability journey and supports positive change in the communities where we work.
The Super (Re)Puff™
Responsible Down
(RE)CYCLED DOWN FILL, (RE)GENERATED NYLON, (RE)ALLY GOOD ON YOU. MEET THE SUPER (RE)PUFF™, OUR MOST SUSTAINABLE PUFFER YET. The Super (Re)Puff™ is the newest member of The Super Puff™ family. It’s crafted with ECONYL® — a regenerated nylon made from reclaimed fishing nets, fabric scraps and post-consumer waste. This puffer is part of Aritzia’s ongoing sustainability journey and one way of increasing circular production processes across our product range. Replacing virgin nylon with ECONYL® isn’t the only sustainable attribute to this puffer; beyond the shell and lining, The Super (Re)Puff™ is trimmed with recycled materials and filled with RE:DOWN® — a recycled, regenerated down fill that uses no new animal-based materials. It’s our most sustainable puffer yet and we’re just getting started.
CARBON NEUTRAL
Responsible Down
As of 2019, Aritzia-managed offices, stores and distribution centres are carbon neutral. This means that all carbon emitted through our operations in these spaces is offset with 100% renewable energy and VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) certified carbon offsets.

In order to achieve carbon neutrality, we’ve taken a dual approach:
  1. To compensate for the carbon emitted through our use of electricity, we’re purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that go towards wind energy projects in Oklahoma and Manitoba.
  2. To offset the carbon emitted through our use of natural gas, we’re partnering with EcoAct to invest in Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) certified Carbon Offsets.
RESPONSIBLE DOWN
Responsible Down
RANKED BY THE TEXTILE EXCHANGE AS AN INDUSTRY LEADER IN RESPONSIBLE DOWN USE

The Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with textile industry members to drive transformation through sustainable fibres, integrity standards and responsible supply chains. Aritzia ⁠— along with 173 other brands ⁠— participated in the Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber & Material Benchmark survey. We provided information on our policies, strategies and performance regarding the use of sustainable raw materials. Our survey results landed us on Textile Exchange leadership boards, ranked amongst the top brands in the industry, for our use of 100% Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified down.
GLOBAL GARMENT INDUSTRY ACTION
Denim
OUR SUPPLIERS ARE IMMENSELY IMPORTANT TO US — WE’VE PARTNERED WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION (ILO) TO PROTECT WORKER’S RIGHTS, HEALTH AND INCOME.

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on millions of garment workers living in countries dependent on the textile industry. The ILO has issued a global call to action to protect workers’ income, health and employment as well as suppliers’ survival. Already aligned with the principles and actions outlined in the Statement — which includes paying for finished goods, not cancelling any orders already in production, promoting health and safety standards and emphasizing social protection for workers — we formally endorsed it. Together, we’ll continue to progress towards a more sustainable clothing industry.
MORE SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING
Denim
PACKAGING IS RESOURCE HEAVY. WE’RE MAKING IT AS SUSTAINABLE AS POSSIBLE.

Since 2017, we’ve been working to improve our packaging. To date, we’ve eliminated all plastic from our e-Comm packaging, and made it 100% recyclable. And our mailers include up to 70% recycled material. We’ll continue to increase the percentage of packaging made from recycled content and FSC paper. We’ve recently signed Canopy’s Pack4Good Commitment, a pledge to never source from ancient or endangered forest and to make all of our packaging as sustainable as possible by 2022.
DENIM FORUM
Denim
DENIM ISN’T GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT — SO WE MADE IT BETTER.

Denim typically has a significant environmental impact; producing it requires heavy water and chemical use. That’s why we set out to make better denim. We launched Denim Forum in 2018, and from the start it’s been made with organic cotton, environmentally friendly TENCEL™, and a bio-based softener that’s GreenScreen® certified. We work exclusively with an experienced Italian mill committed to sustainability, and we use processes such as e-Flow and laser technologies. As a result, we’ve reduced our water use and we’re using fewer chemicals.

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