What is David Jones doing to become more environmentally responsible?

We are continuing to implement our Environment Strategy and reduce our environmental impact in five key areas: energy, packaging, paper, waste and water.

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Energy

We have reduced our energy consumption by 28% by investing $12.2 million in energy efficiency projects and eliminating wasted energy when our stores and offices are closed. Most of our projects have focused on more efficient lighting, that uses less energy without impacting the look and feel of our stores, and installing more intuitive air conditioning systems that are able to think for themselves rather than respond to a time clock. These improvements have helped reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. That’s the equivalent to all emissions from our Sydney CBD flagship stores for 3.8 years. Find out more by looking at our Environment Strategy

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Packaging

We have reduced the number of carry bags we provide by 5 million bags, thanks to our customers. That’s a 23% reduction in four years. Together, we have achieved these reductions by saying ‘no’ to plastic and moving to reusable tote bags. As a signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, we have also started to look at the design of packaging by committing to more than 160 packaging reviews over the next few years in addition to publishing our Guiding Principles for Sustainable Packaging. Find out more by reading about Environment Strategy

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Paper

We have reduced the amount of office paper we use by 22% but we still have some work to do to get out from under the mountain of paper we use in our business each year. Going forward, we will be implementing projects to help move towards more paperless reporting and more paperless meetings. We are also looking at ways to how to use digital channels to help reduce the amount of paper we use on catalogues and in-store ticketing. Find out more by looking at (but not printing) our Environment Strategy

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Waste

We have reduced the amount of waste we produce by 50% and through the use of bio-reactors that turn waste into energy; we have reduced our landfill emissions by 75%. We are also working with the not-for-profit sector to help divert surplus food to the most disadvantaged people in our community and to make sure that old fixtures and fittings and mannequins get a second life, after David Jones. We have plans to do even more though and further waste the amount of waste we produce. Find our more by looking at our Environment Strategy

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Water

We have reduced the amount of waste we use in our Sydney CBD and Melbourne CBD stores by 14% and, while we are a relatively small user of water in comparison to other large businesses, we are doing what we can to make further reductions. We do plan to develop a water management plan that aims to optimise water use in our facilities; including proactively managing water leaks in our washrooms, parents’ rooms, Foodhalls and cafes; and improving the operation of cooling towers. Find our more by looking at our Environment Strategy

What are our suppliers doing to become more environmentally responsible?

We are proud to stock some of the “greenest” local and international brands, many of which have already made efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. Here are a few example of what some of our brands are doing.

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Beauty

The key trend for green beauty is “organic.” Brands like Jurlique have organic farming practices at the heart of everything that they do and have done since they started producing in the Adelaide Hills in 1985. Other brands, including People for Plants, are also organic and also produced in Australia, further minimising their impact on the environment.

That’s not to say that brands from further afield can’t be environmentally sustainable too. Weleda is continually trying to improve its environmental performance, from “cultivation to carbon neutral transport” and Crème de la Mer has adopted a strong stance against unsustainable fishing practices, which are adversely impacting the marine environments where they source their natural ingredients.

A number of beauty brands are also taking a progressive approach to the life-cycle impact of their products, including Dr Hauschka's biodynamic farming practices, Dr Bronner’s use of biodegradable ingredients to eliminate environmental harm during use, and Jurlique’s commitment to sustainable packaging design and material’s selection.

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Fashion

Make style choices that matter by choosing brands that have already started the journey to become more environmentally responsible.

When it comes to sustainability, some brands are committed to a “better outside” and meet that commitment by making sustainability part of everything they do, from packaging design to recycling initiatives. Jets are quiet achievers, still producing the bulk of their product locally, using recycled fabric where possible and insisting on the most advanced printing techniques to minimise the use of inks and water. And other brands, like Bassike and Gorman, seamlessly blend style with sustainability, with the use of organic and sustainable materials at the heart of what they do and why they do it.

But, as ever, start with the basics. Start with denim. Start with Nobody Denim, who are actively working to reduce energy, water and waste across their Melbourne manufacturing facilities. Start with AG Denim, who are producing some of their denim from recycled yarns that are made, in part, from recycled water bottles. Start (and end) with Nudie who, as well as using organic cottons from sustainable sources, aim to minimise end-of-life environmental impacts of their jeans by offering repairs and encouraging reuse and recycling options.

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Home

There are any number of things you can do to improve the eco-efficiency of your house (solar panels, reflective glazing, rain water tanks) but you can turn a green house into a green home, with a few green additions.

While we want to be more environmentally sustainable, we also want products that don’t adversely impact our own environment at home. The Ekornes range of recliners do not use PVC, do not use harmful substances in moulded foam and do not use CFCs in their moulded plastics, meaning you can sit back, relax and enjoy the comforts of a clean and green home, maybe under St Albans' mohair throw made of sustainable South African goat fibre, produced in partnership with local communities from naturally grazing goats.

As deforestation becomes a more important issue, different brands are meeting their responsibilities in different ways. Moleskine’s diary and journals are made from FSC accredited sources, meaning that its paper is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Another of our Home brands, Profile, only uses wood from sustainable Australian plantations and sends offcuts from its production process to others for recycling.

Looking forward, innovation will drive more sustainable outcomes. The Little Guy is a truly innovative, sustainable brand conceived and produced in Australia – made almost entirely of recycled stainless steel, its award winning design takes environmental impacts into account right through the life cycle of their products; from production to shipping, from everyday use to disposal. Australia’s own Keep Cup also embodies innovative sustainability, tackling the age old issue of takeaway coffee cups by giving coffee drinkers an alternative that is better for the environment at disposal but also aims to minimise environmental impacts through production as well.

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Kids & Toys

If you want to help your kids, and your kids’ kids, understand the positive role they can play in more sustainable future, start them young. Helping the environment is kids play and here are some great examples of what some of our brands are doing to put sustainability into action.

Packaging is a big issue and B. Toys has some big, innovative solutions for reducing its environmental impact, such using recycled and recyclable packaging, eliminating layers of packaging, using soy-based inks and water-based varnishes, and developing clever "self-wrapping" reversible packaging across their range. Brands like Green Toys are also addressing the issue of packaging in addition to broader environmental concerns by only using recycled plastic in their toys, eliminating the use of paints and coatings that make toys harder to recycle, and eliminating the use of BPA, PVC and melamine.

Ensuring that our kids don’t come into contact with harmful chemicals is also an important environmental issue, which is one of the reasons why sustainable textiles are becoming increasingly important. Bubba Blue's Bamboo range is crafted from natural bamboo fibres, which as well as being soft and silky are also breathable and hypoallergenic, and the entire Purebaby range is produced from organically grown and harvested cotton, using sustainable farming practices. Good for baby. Good for the environment.

What can you do to become more environmentally responsible?

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Don't Waste Food

More than 30% of our food never makes it from farm to fork. It gets chopped, sliced and diced in production; lost and wasted from being overstocked in our supermarkets and spoils in our fridges at home, placing an unnecessary burden on our natural environment. With the global population projected to grow by 30% between now and 2050, cherishing our food also seems like a pretty simple fix to feeding the world, today and tomorrow. So buy fresh, buy local and don’t buy more than you need.

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Buy a Tote Bag

We recognise that some our customers would prefer that we didn’t use plastic bags. However, simply switching our entire range to paper bags may not be the answer either because paper bags use more natural resources to produce, are heavier to transport and are less durable (in some circumstances) than plastic. That’s why we have launched and expanded our range of reusable tote bags, to give you more choice if you’re trying to reduce the environmental impact of your carry bags.

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Turn Standby Off

More than 10% of all energy consumed in the home is used when appliances are in standby, mainly so that our TVs, DVRs and iPods can respond to the every beck and call of our remote controls, but phone chargers and computers are also to blame. You can do something simple, like turning these appliances off at the wall, or do something a little more tech savvy, like buying an energy saving powerboard that lets you keep your DVR on but allows you to turn off your TV at the click of a switch.

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Walk, Ride or Train

Leave the car at home when you’re off to the shops or on the way to work, not every time but sometimes. Transport accounts for 14% of Australia’s total emissions and is one of the leading causes of poor air quality in our cities. Taking the train is better for the environment because you are switching your emissions from fuel to electricity; but you could also take the bus to reduce your emissions every day, ride a bike to reduce your emissions over time, or walk to eliminate your emissions today.

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Wash at Thirty Degrees

Washing and drying your clothes has a bigger impact on the environment than making and selling them but you can dramatically reduce those impacts by washing your clothes at 30 degrees. Of course, you can’t cold wash everything but where you can you’ll use up to 40% less energy and ensure a kinder wash for your clothes, increasing their longevity. And if you’re in the market for a new washing machine, use the “green star” ratings to find one that minimises energy and water use.