As products with sustainable attributes become more available in the marketplace, we may find more opportunities to source such products for sale in our stores as well as for use in our own operations.
Specifically, we have developed a framework to define sustainable product attributes, which we believe are those that have a positive, measurable environmental impact in their production or manufacturing processes and that can be verified by a credible third-party process or certification. Some of those positive environmental impact may include using less harmful chemicals and supporting responsible forest management practices.
Our subject matter experts have compiled a list of preferred sustainable product certifications in certain product categories that can be used across all of our divisions, globally.
Some examples of products we are sourcing and materials we are using within our operations with these preferred environmental attributes include:
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials; Global Recycled Standard (GRS)-certified products; OEKO-TEX-certified products; and products made from organic cotton.
- We have sourced FSC hangtags where feasible with certain products our style and fashion experts have designed.
- A significant portion of our price tickets are printed on FSC-certified paper.
- In T.J. Maxx and Marshalls within the U.S., we have converted some of our gift cards styles to be printed on FSC-certified stock.
Some highlights from fiscal 2021 and fiscal 2022 include:
- In fiscal 2022, select stores in the U.S. plan to carry wrapping paper, gift bags, and gift boxes using FSC-certified paper.
- In early fiscal 2022, select stores in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, in addition to tjmaxx.com and marshalls.com, sold decorative throws with sustainable attributes, like 100% organic cotton fibers or made from recycled polyester.