The greenest building is one that has been built already. Thus, our sustainable design strategy is centered on the idea of preservation through reuse – or what we call adaptive reuse. We recycled concrete to make walkways, and materials and artifacts found onsite were used as part of the building process. Old doors were collaged together to form walls, wood floors were reclaimed from a high school basketball court and timbers found onsite now form a central staircase that connects all three levels of the shared services building. Learn more about adaptive reuse at our Home Office.
Creativity is in the fabric of all we do. It’s obvious when you realize no two store windows are the same and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Since the first store opened in West Philadelphia we continually strive to connect with our customers through unique products and engaging store design. Our Anthropologie team creates a circular lifecycle in store displays by breathing new life into ‘used’ materials that are collected and then upcycled or recycled into the art you see in each store. Once stores no longer need these displays, they are donated to schools, libraries, or customers in exchange for a donation to a nonprofit.
Change happens through small, repeatable actions. Nuuly’s rental model was designed with this principle in mind. Renting contributes to the shareable clothing economy by maximizing the utilization of clothing across a broad subscriber base, while also making subscribers happy with the newness and cost-effectiveness it provides on a day-to-day basis. We hope our service and curation of hundreds of designers and labels provides customers with the opportunity to experiment with their style without the downstream impact of tossing the pieces that don't make the cut. We also offer them the option to purchase if they happen to fall in love with one of our preloved pieces.
We believe every piece should tell a story. Since the 1970s, Urban Outfitters has been carefully curating vintage items based on quality and uniqueness. Today, our Urban Renewal team continues to hand-pick merchandise from around the world. From one of a kind items to reimagined vintage that's to "dye" for, each piece comes with its own history. Find the one that speaks to you.
At Home Office, we are taking steps to be sustainable now – that's why we've partnered with FABSCRAP, a brooklyn-based non-profit working to maximize diversion from landfills through technology and an engaged network of students, artists, crafters, local designers, industrial processors who reuse and recycle production remnant, samples, and scrap donations.
Meet Free People's new sustainable activewear line made of ECONYL®; an innovative yarn that uses 100% regenerated nylon fiber made of discarded waste collected from landfills and oceans. For every pound of ECONYL® used, we avoid 6.3lbs of CO2 emissions. The result? Game-changing styles and a smaller energy footprint.
We are passionate about eliminating single-use items, especially those that pose a threat to the environment like plastic. Our Urban Outfitters and Free People stores use lightweight, fabric shopping bags that customers can reuse for many purposes beyond retail. Made of polypropylene fabric that does not tear, the bags can be washed and used for many years. We love seeing our customers using them for grocery shopping, a book bag or even an overnight tote!
On campus, Shop 543 Café and Jharoka Coffee Shop compost approximately .64 tons a week. Our weekly pick-up of food scraps and other compostable material keeps organic material out of landfills and reduces our environmental impact.