What is the "Take the Box not the Bag" initiative?
The "Take the Box Not the Bag" initiative, launched in 2019, promotes the use of our box as a bag, bringing to end the use of single-use bags in all our stores, leaving you with the option of purchasing an eco-tote if needed. The initiative is being implemented in stores in the UK, Ireland, Canada and USA.
This is one of the many innovative strides we’re taking every day on our path towards a sustainable future.
Why did you launch this initiative?
As per Quantis's 2018 "Measuring Fashion" report, the apparel and footwear industries account for 8% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. As the first fashion footwear company to be certified as climate neutral, we always keep this in mind and are continuously exploring different ways to reduce our environmental impact. After the introduction of our box equipped with a handle, removing single-use bags from our stores seemed like a natural next step.
Why do you say your box is "eco-designed"?
We introduced our box with a built-in handle in 2008, doing away with the bag for good! It is made at 80% from post-consumer recycled materials and is completely recyclable after you remove the rope.
Why do you say your tote is "eco"?
Instead of using new materials, our reusable eco-tote is made at 80% from recycled plastic bottles (rPET). The amount of plastic bottles present in a tote varies based on its size, and can be found on the tote's side. We've specially designed our tote to be reusable, cutting down on the overall number of single-use bags in the environment.
How does your eco-tote give back?
The sale of our eco-tote offers an alternative to the box. As we wish to support the
movement against single-use items, 100% of net profits from our eco-tote will be
donated to ocean protection causes.
Is your eco-tote recyclable?
Our eco-tote is made of a rPET body and polypropylene handle, designed to be reused as much as possible. Before you consider throwing away our eco-tote, make sure you've gotten your maximum use out of it! Although we encourage you to recycle it at its end-of-life, reusable bags have recently been introduced on the market and you may not be accepted for recycling quite yet. We encourage you to check if reusable bags are recyclable in the area where you live.
Can I still get a single-use bag in store?
We encourage you to adopt sustainable shopping practices by bringing your own bag to our stores. If you require a bag in store and did not bring your own, you can purchase our eco-tote for a small fee while all net proceeds will be donated to causes. Just so you know, we will no longer be carrying single-use bags in our stores.
What else is ALDO doing for the environment?
ALDO gives back to our local communities in many ways and strives to be environmentally responsible through company-wide sustainable practices. Please visit responsibility.aldogroup.com to learn more about our initiatives.