Recycling and Waste Management

Our Focus on Sustaining the Environment

Recycling and
Waste Management

From recycling clothes hangers in our stores to on-site composting, we're taking steps to reduce our environmental footprint by implementing recycling and waste-management programs across our business.

Recycling Programs

Recycling where we can

From paper and plastic to glass, aluminum, computer hard drives and organic waste, we're looking for ways to recycle wherever we can.

Comprehensive recycling company-wide

Recycling bins for customer and employee use are available in all of our stores. Our recycling program began in 2008 and now captures aluminum, paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and compostable materials. While there is still plenty to do in this area, we are continuing to make steady progress.

Technology recycling

Through our IT Asset Recycling Program, we're working with a third party to reuse, sell and properly dispose of old computers. All hard drives leaving a Nordstrom location for recycling are reformatted or password protected to ensure the information they hold remains secure. We also work with office supply partners to recycle used printer and copier toner cartridges.

Organic waste recycling in stores

We have nearly 110 full-line and Rack stores and four support facilities involved in organic recycling programs–and that number grows each month as we add more stores to the program. For example, in our Scottsdale Fashion Square store, partner Singh Farms works closely with our team to use composted material as fertilizer on landscaped areas around the store. Learn more about social responsibility efforts in our restaurants.

Reducing Harmful Chemicals

Finding sustainable options

Whenever we can, we use alternative, sustainable options rather than harmful chemicals. Since 1996, we've been testing our products for banned and limited-use chemicals. In 2008, this list was expanded when we adopted the American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substance List. We also transitioned all of our cleaning supplies to low- and non-toxic products in 2009.

Organic Cotton

Another way to minimize environmental impacts

The use of organic cotton helps Nordstrom minimize the environmental effects of agrochemicals and lessens exposure to harmful chemicals for farm workers and people living in farming communities. We're dedicated to increasing our use of organic cotton and supporting global organizations that provide aid and education to organic cotton farmers, such as the Textile Exchange. Learn more about how the Textile Exchange supports communities.

Current Stories:Read more about some of our efforts.

Higg Index to Measure Sustainability

Nordstrom is part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a group of apparel and footwear industry leaders, who have come together to create the Higg Index – a new tool for measuring
product sustainability.Read More

Recycling from the Ground Up

Some of our best strategies to increase recycling and decrease waste have come from our employees' creativity and initiative.Read More

Nordstrom Racks Elevate Eco Standards

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