Waste Reduction and Recycling

Renewing Resources. Reducing Waste.

We're committed to working with our suppliers and vendors to find creative ways to further reduce the amount of paper, packaging materials and other natural resources used in our business operations. Since 2005, L Brands has been a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise program, which works with companies to increase waste management efforts to ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate change. Our recycling efforts have been centered on:

  • Efficient packaging;
  • Elimination of PVC containers;
  • Store recycling efforts;
  • Pallet recycling;
  • Product re-use (donations/sample sales); and
  • Other recycling.

 

All of the waste from our Columbus, OH, operations is sent to a materials recovery facility, which receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.  In addition, below is a list of some of the items L Brands recycled in 2016:

  • 4 tons of aerosol products
  • 11,622 tons of corrugate
  • 85 tons of industrial batteries from powered equipment
  • 132 tons of ethyl alcohol from personal care products 
  • 123 tons of metal
  • 23 tons of plastic
  • 388 tons of mixed paper
  • 1,574 tons of wood from pallets
  • 4 tons of electronics
  • 310 tons of mobile devices
  • 80 tons of glass

 

Additionally, through reuse, L Brands also avoided the disposal of the following materials in 2016:

  • 88 tons of liquid soap
  • 2,933 tons of wood from pallets
  • 341 pounds of mobile devices

In total, during 2016, L Brands prevented more than 17,000 tons of material from going to landfill through reuse and recycling!

 

Efficient Packaging

Our merchandise is stored and shipped in specially designed cartons that L Brands helped to develop along with our suppliers and a packaging material expert. These unique cartons are manufactured using fewer raw materials than our previous cartons and are designed to hold more merchandise, stack more efficiently and require less space on transportation vehicles. The containers are manufactured with approximately 42 percent post-consumer waste recycled content.

 

Elimination of PVC Containers

In 2003, L Brands stopped using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containers for our Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret personal care products, which reduced our PVC usage by 4.3 million pounds per year. Those personal care products are now stored in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, which is the most widely used plastic in consumer packaging. It's readily recycled in most communities and its manufacture is considered to be more environmentally friendly than PVC to manufacture.

 

Store Recycling Containers

Recyclable personal care products from our stores are packaged and shipped in five-gallon plastic pails to a recycling and reclamation facility. The containers are emptied, cleaned and returned to the stores for reuse. In 2016, approximately 4 tons of aerosol products, 235 tons of ethyl alcohol containing products and 130 pounds of nail polish were reclaimed through this process.

 

Pallets

Merchandise that is received from vendors is often shipped on wood pallets. We reuse the pallets to handle merchandise in our distribution centers. Pallets that are damaged are sent to a third party for repair and are redistributed for further use. Pallets unable to be reused are ground into fine wood shavings and are ultimately used for purposes such as mulch for landscaping. By sending pallets back to the vendors for recycling or reuse, more than 4,507 tons of wood were not sent to the landfill.