Macy's making sustainable strides

CINCINNATI -- Macy's Inc. announced that it is taking new steps to become a more sustainable company.

"Our company has embraced the principles of sustainability, and we continue to take actions that are tangible, measurable and meaningful in reducing our use of scarce resources and improving the efficiency of our business in serving customer needs," said Tom Cole, Macy's chief administrative officer. "We have made significant progress over the past several years, and we continue to move forward with new ideas in 2011 and beyond."

Macy's said that, beginning this fall, it will use  environmentally-friendly matte black hangers for most apparel merchandise sold in its stores, replacing clear hangers that have been the industry standard for several decades. According to the company, which uses nearly 300 million hangers, the new hangers can be manufactured using recycled plastic materials, saving on the new petroleum-based resins used to make clear hangers. Macy's will be asking its apparel vendors to begin shipping merchandise to Macy's on black hangers in fall 2011, with the transition expected to be complete in spring 2012. 

In addition, Macy's, in partnership with ECOtality, said it is expected to become the first major department store to pilot the use of self-serve electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, through The EV Project. The company plans to install two electric vehicle charging stations this fall outside each of six Macy's stores in the San Diego metropolitan area (locations are being identified). The charging stations will provide an added convenience to EV drivers and help promote the reduction of fuel consumption and the transition to clean, renewable energy.

The company also announced that it has become a Recyclebank Rewards Partner, allowing customers across America to earn special discounts at Macy's when they increase household recycling, reduce household energy usage and practice green lifestyles.