Nordstrom is one of the largest, and most expensive department retailers in the world. Just how sustainable is it? I decided to do a little research, ranking, and reporting based on their ethical and environmental practices both online and in store.
Quickly, first a recap for all you new viewers:
A company can be considered sustainable if it demonstrates balance between the rights of their work force, protection of the environment, and can still turn a profit with affordable products.
Just how Sustainable is Nordstrom?
Nordstrom is presently the next most trendy fashion brand among US millennial. Nordstrom puts an altruistic turn on sustainable fashion. From a good beginning as a small brand shop, they now own 349 locations all over the US, Puerto Rico and Canada, selling a variety of clothing and accessories for women, men, and children. Let’s have a look at Nordstrom’s documentation when it comes to sustainability.
Nordstrom is dedicated to a number of sustainable associations but they are yet to establish they have made significant changes. Nordstrom is an associate of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which evaluates sustainability act and addresses general defy in the textile industry. Based on their input, Nordstrom has built a wide-ranging plan and they have pointed their focus to four key fundamentals that they call “pillars” which are: Supporting Communities, Sustaining the Environment, Protecting Human Rights and Caring for the People.
Dedication to the Environment
The main pillar that Nordstrom has focused on is about sustaining the environment. They comprehend that nearly all part of the retail business influences the environment in an unenthusiastic way. They endeavor to lessen and eradicate harmful impacts. An important element they used in sustaining the environment is to lessen greenhouse gas emissions.
Reducing Carbon Footprint
To decrease the carbon footprint, Nordstrom has really worked to enhance energy efficiency all through facilities and to increase product transportation competence. Nordstrom is not only committed to lessening the greenhouse emissions but they are also focused on making fashion with sustainability.
Organic Cotton and Sustainable Textiles
The company works with the Textile Exchange to endorse and help the use of organic cotton and sustainable textiles. To aid the organic cotton transformation NPG decided to make two varieties finished with organic cotton called Stem and Holistia.
The Stem line is a filled lifestyle set of knit tops, jackets pants, and dresses. The Holistia collection has sweaters, knits, woven tops and bottoms. It was observed that organic cotton has fine quality and sustainability which gives customers eco-conscious choice.
After an extensive research on the products, people have more respect for them and a better understanding of what they set for. All of their cleaning goods are low and safe products. They are sourced from trees from forests around the world, the Pacific Northwest of North America to Indonesia to the Amazon and they are being processed for the clothing industry.
As the claim for suspending pulp increases, increasing more sustainable fabric clarification is more vital. They are devoted to discovering opportunities to prioritize and boost the use of fabrics that do not depend on the use of forest fiber. At the same time, they worked to educate private-label brands and other brands about accepting the sources of the raw materials used and their impacts on our planet. Particularly, they encourage brands to make certain they are not sourcing from primeval and scarce forests, rare species habitat and unlawfully logged forests.
Ethical Manufacturing Concerns
However, Nordstrom still sources from countries with extreme risk of labor abuse and only track their suppliers in the branch of their supply chain. For a time, the chic retailer of clothing and shoes has had a dedication to social and environmental responsibility. And since then, they have yearly set the bar elevated for its environmental sustainability performance.
Overall Rating: High Quality + Eco-Friendly
There are many ways to judge a fashion company based on its products, and commitment ethics and the environment. No company is perfect. With only the rise of sustainable fashion in the past couple years or so, it’s hardly expected for a company that has been in the works for a century to completely shift their policies as quickly. Customers are demanding more from their fashion brands, so it is only a matter of time before a company like Nordstrom picks up and runs with true sustainability.
In the meantime, check out the full list of sustainable fashion brands here. A new book is coming out soon. So stay tuned.