WE RECYCLE OUR WASTE
As a large designer outlet, we are fully aware of the potential impact our waste production can have on our surroundings and our environment. This is the reason why we commit to valorising or recycling the majority of the waste generated by our centre’s operation, more specifically our organic waste, plastics, paper and cardboards etc.
We currently recycle around 70% of our waste also including wood, glass, used batteries and clothing hangers, that being equal to handling around 480 tons of waste a year.
WE RECYCLE YOUR CLOTHES
Our will to give textile products a second-life does not stop at our outlet promise. With our Recycle your Fashion program, we give our visitors the opportunity to recycle their own pieces of clothing in exchange for vouchers they can use in the stores of our designer outlet. We gather around… pieces/kg a year. The collected clothing and textiles are then sorted and recycled or reused as they are.
With this initiative, the objective is to avoid damaged or unworn clothes being discarded with domestic waste or in nature, degrading very slowly (up to several hundred years) and sometimes releasing microplastics in soils and water sources for certain fabrics.
WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE PRESERVATION OF OUR ECOSYSTEM
To get involved in the preservation of our environment is a necessity. With this objective, we progressively set up several actions to reduce our impact on our ecosystem. We have the goal to reduce our CO2 and volatile organic compounds emissions, the current effort representing 28 tons of CO2 emissions avoided between September 2021 and September 2022 which is equivalent to 142 round trips from Paris to Nice by plane. Our objective is to reach the lowest level of emissions possible in order to assure the neutral functioning of our centre. Moreover, a specific effort on the energy consumption of our centre in order to reduce it significantly is progressively put in place through the replacement of aging equipment by more modern alternatives, for example the replacement of the centre’s lighting by LED lighting, as well as a more responsible use of this equipment by the entire staff. Our electricity consumption has therefore been constantly reducing every year since 2019, decreasing by around 30% between 2019 and 2021. The products used for the cleaning of the centre are also products with neutral impact on the environment, either certified following the criteria of the European ecolabel or of vegetal origin. The vehicles used by our providers for the collection of waste and centre maintenance are all electric vehicles.
Finally, we truly wish to contribute to the protection of bees which role is crucial for biodiversity. For this purpose, we have made the choice to place our own bee hives within the centre itself. Our centre currently possesses five bee hives in total which each produce around 40kg of honey every year. This honey production is then collected and sold in our centre at the reception desk, in collaboration with local beekeeper Brice Louet.
OUR BRANDS GET INVOLVED
Just like us, many of our partner brands decide to get involved for a more sustainable and responsible fashion; encouraging transformation and change in consumption habits by setting up different series of actions. Whether it is by working with associations, or by the production of pieces made from recycled materials, or by the use of innovative production processes, our brands show creativity to get things moving and contribute to the protection of our planet.