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Protecting Precious Resources

Protecting Precious Resources

Recent changes to the size of our Nordstrom shopping bags and making our boxes into a one piece folder will lead to hundreds of tons of paper savings. Another new change in the type of paper we use for bags will also lead to a good thing -- saving trees.

Over the next few months as our stores restock their inventory of Nordstrom silver shopping bags, customers might notice a change if they look closely at the bottom of the bags. Upon closer inspection, they'll see a new tagline: Fashion-forward thinking. This bag is 100% recyclable, reusable and now contains 50% post-consumer material.

We're now moving to 50% post-consumer material paper, meaning the bag is made from paper that was already used, recycled and made into new paper product. You might also notice that the inside of the bag is now made of "craft" or brown paper.

Our hope is that next time a customer walks out of a Nordstrom store with a silver shopping bag they know that Nordstrom is doing our part to protect precious resources. – Linda Peffer, Nordstrom Corporate Social Responsibility

The Right Thing To Do
Over the years Nordstrom customers and employees have told us that they'd like us look for ways to be more environmentally-friendly when it comes to our packaging, so this is a change that makes sense.

"Making this change is part of our ongoing efforts to look for ways to conserve forest resources and protect the environment. And it's the right thing to do," said Nordstrom Corporate Social Responsibility Director Linda Peffer.

This change isn't about cost savings. Recycled content paper is actually more expensive than other virgin or non-recycled content paper we previously used. However, this paper change will help Nordstrom full-line stores meet the various requirements that many cities and jurisdictions around the country now have regarding the use of paper and plastic bags. The new paper content and the accompanying messaging on the bags stating that it's recyclable and reusable will help us be even more compliant with the regulations.

More Opportunities to Reuse
"Our hope with this paper change is that next time a customer walks out of a Nordstrom store with a silver shopping bag in their hand they will feel good knowing that they and Nordstrom are continuing doing our part to protect precious resources," continued Peffer. Nordstrom also hopes that customers and employees will take the next step and look for opportunities to reuse their bags – or consider purchasing a reusable tote.

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