At the Cotton On Group we want to use the size and scale of our operations to have a positive impact on people, communities and the planet.

That’s why we are constantly exploring ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

In October 2018 the Cotton On Group commenced a program to remove plastic shopping bags from our global store network. Beginning in New Zealand, the business made a goal to remove all single-use plastic bags from its stores by June 2019, of which it achieved in April 2019 and as a result, the Group has stopped 38 million plastic shopping bags from entering the environment annually.

As part of this initiative we encourage customers to actively reduce the use of bags by bringing their own shopping bag when making a purchase. Alternatively, we ask customers to purchase a 100% recyclable paper bag, made from a minimum of 80% post-consumer recycled materials.

Removing plastic bags from our point of sale is an important first step in our Sustainable Packaging Plan, where we aim to reduce or eliminate the impact our packaging has on the natural environment.

We know that we are on a journey of continuous improvement and it’s one that we are committed for the long haul.