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Waste

WASTE

TTG’s commitment to managing and reducing waste sent to landfills from our operations is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals 12 and 17.

TTG continues to identify and improve ways to manage and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Programs aimed at reducing waste are available to our customers, as well as in place at our Global Home Office, distribution centers and stores.

Re-Commerce Partnership with thredUP

On Earth Day 2020, TTG announced its partnership with thredUP, the world’s largest fashion resale marketplace. Through this partnership, customers can send any brand of like-new women’s and children’s clothing to thredUP, and the garments will then be “re-commerced” on thredUP’s site. Once the garments are received and processed, customers will earn gift cards for use at TTG, Cashmere and Coal, Jane Dough – ultimately gaining credit for future purchases while helping keep clothing in use and out of landfills. 

We are continuously increasing recycling and reuse opportunities, as well as preventing unnecessary waste from being generated. TTG has set waste goals at for the Global Home Office and Distribution Centers and in stores.

Waste Goals

TTG Global Home Office and Distribution Center

  • Continue to recycle 100% of cardboard, e-waste, fabric and denim scraps
  • Reduce print by 25% by 2022 compared to 2017 baseline
  • Strive for 50% waste reduction by 2025

Global Stores

  • Starting in 2020, recycle 100% polybags in participating stores
  • Recycle 100% hazardous waste in all domestic stores by 2022
  • Reduce print by 10% globally year over year through 2022

Global Home Office and Distribution Centers Activities

Recycling

Our associates work to be more sustainable, recycle more and use less. We achieve this through a combination of education, engagement and specific initiatives that are outlined on this page.

We recycle 100% of the following commodities at Home Office:

  • Cardboard
  • Electronic Waste

Paper, denim/chambray and fabric scraps, and other items, such as cans, bottles, plastic, polybags, etc. also are collected and recycled on campus.

Since 2017, TTG has recycled over 20,000 tons of cardboard, 470 tons of paper, 18 tons of fabric/denim scraps and 130 tons of electronic waste.

The amount of other material recycled may vary year over year as a direct result of the amount of that participate commodity used on campus. Our goal is to take efforts at the front end to reduce the amount of waste generated. For example, we have recycled less paper year over year due to our efforts on campus to reduce the amount of paper we print.

Waste Reduction

TTG has launched several successful campus wide initiatives that allow associates to reduce the amount of waste generated, particularly paper.

In 2020, associates printed 78% fewer pages than in the 2017 baseline – saving over 575 trees. Most of this reduction was due to the shift in associates working from home due to COVID 19. However, associates continue to look for new ways of working to limit the amount of paper used at the Global Home Office.

A&F Co. Campus Wide Paper Waste Reduction Initiatives

  • Campus wide print management system helps prevent unnecessary or duplicative prints
  • Green conference rooms provides associates with technology to share information
  • Associate education identifies ways to reduce or eliminate paper
  • Electronic new hire organization and HR training materials reduces the need to print

Since 2017, TTG has donated more than $1.4 million in clothing to  World Vision, a global humanitarian organization. This partnership has provided clothing to families in Africa and other regions around the world. TTG and World Vision continue to explore and implement new processes designed to promote further growth of the partnership while also being more efficient and limiting the environmental impact.

In 2020, TTG donated over 25,000 units of product to communities in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala as part of World Vision’s disaster response for Hurricane Eta. A&F partnered with World Vision to select product that would have the strongest impact on the communities that needed it. An additional 96,000 units are in the process of being donated to communities in Lesotho, Nicaragua, Zambia, El Salvador and Honduras.

TTG also donates materials to other organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, area universities and others.

Stores

Recycling

TTG operates 100+ Pop-Up's around the US, often in mall and retail spaces that have varying recycling requirements and capabilities. We continue to work with our mall and landlord partners to identify new opportunities to increase and improve recycling efforts.

Garment Polybags

Given logistical challenges, only a few of TTG’s U.S. mall property partners provide garment polybag recycling programs for store retailers. Beginning in 2020, TTG is working to recycle 100% of polybags in stores where this recycling program is offered.

Hazardous Materials

In 2019, TTG transitioned to a hazardous waste recycling program for returned or damaged personal care. The program will roll out on a quarterly basis across all US domestic stores over the next few years, with a goal of recycling 100% of hazardous waste in all domestic stores by 2022. At the end of 2020, 27% of domestic stores participate in this program.

Waste Reduction

TTG has taken action to reduce the amount of waste generated or sent to a landfill. In particular, reducing the amount of paper printed in stores has been a high priority for action. In 2020, US domestic stores printed 23% less pages than in 2019 – saving 300 trees. As new reporting capabilities became available 2020, TTG is now able to track changes in paper use in 2021 versus 2020 at all stores globally.

A&F Store Waste Reduction Initiatives

  • Store communication system prevents unnecessary or duplicative printing
  • Unused fixtures are collected and re-used or donated
  • Non-working fluorescent light bulbs are recycled
  • High speed hand dryers eliminate the need for paper towels
Sizing

 

ALL products by "The Tshirt Goat"; Cashmere+Coal® Apparel are USA Sized and will always be true to size. Our Tshirt's that are Unisex sizing tend to be on the "baggier" side but longer than a regular cheap tee...as our Women's Tee's and Tank's tend to be on the more slimmer fitted side.

See Size Charts below, or chat with us to decide on sizing as we do not exchange for sizes.

 

 

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