Through LifeWear, UNIQLO is re-imagining the great potential of clothing to be a positive force for change. We leverage our scale, design and advanced technological strength to make sustainability available to all. We are empowering all UNIQLO customers to make effortless sustainable choices in our stores and through LifeWear.
UNIQLO is committed to reducing its environmental impact to achieve sustainable business, while offering innovative products customers can use with confidence.
By the end of 2020, UNIQLO’s goal is to be able to reduce single-use plastic by 85%. This is fueled by the alarming adverse impact of plastic worldwide and the clothing brand wants to make sure that they do their part in helping to reduce this. In September 2019, UNIQLO has already started phasing out plastic shopping bags and continuing throughout 2020, it will reduce the amount of plastic in its product packaging. As a result, this will save 7,800 tons of single-use plastic annually. In addition to reducing plastic usage, UNIQLO will also be launching eco-friendly bags by March.
Aside from packaging, UNIQLO has also thrived in applying its sustainability efforts to the clothes themselves. UNIQLO recognizes that the production of clothing has a substantial impact on the natural environment. From our partner factories to our stores, UNIQLO adheres to environmental standards by strictly managing the use of chemical and toxic substances, monitoring and reducing GHG emissions, water consumption, and discharge – as perfectly exhibited by UNIQLO’s sustainable Jeans, which uses a waterless washing and natural drying system, and DRY-EX items that incorporate high-value-added polyester fibers derived from reclaimed PET bottles.
By minimizing waste and reducing our environmental footprint, UNIQLO is working to build a truly sustainable business while at the same time, gradually reversing the negative impact on the environment to a positive one.
“Upcycling” is the act of taking waste materials and other things that are no longer in use and turning them into things with value, reusing them and recycling them. A new initiative has commenced at UNIQLO under which they use denim and other waste fabric that is left over after hemming is performed at stores to bring forth things that have value.