Our stores and offices
We take sustainability into everything we do, including our stores and offices which we build and run in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
All Stella McCartney stores and offices in the UK are powered by wind energy that is provided by Ecotricity, a company that invests the money its customers spend on electricity into clean forms of power. Outside the UK we use renewable energy to power our stores and offices wherever it is available.
In 2011 we opened our first LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified store in Dallas. The store is equipped with solar panels and energy efficient air-conditioning. Although this was our first directly operated LEED certified stores we also have two stores located in LEED certified malls: Crystals at CityCenter Mall in Las Vegas and Parkview Green in Beijing.
Our Miami store has worked with Million Trees Miami and BioPlanet USA for the past three years in an effort to help Million Trees Miami achieve its goal of planting one million trees by 2020. To find out how to participate in the campaign, visit: milliontrees.miamidade.gov for more information.
All of our new stores are lit using LED lighting. LED lights use 75% less energy and last more than 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. By using LEDs we are drastically reducing the amount of energy needed to power or store and offices.
In 2014, 57 tons of waste was diverted from landfill and recycled or reused. We are proud to say that all Stella McCartney locations have recycling systems – we reuse and recycle as much as we can. In 2012 we added textile recycling to our recycling systems in the UK. We recycle all textiles that cannot be used in the UK.
All of the paper and packaging that we use is FSC certified, and our signature herringbone wood flooring is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood, which means that it came from sustainably managed forests.
We have recently introduced a new material to our store design called Baux. Baux is an innovative wall panel material that is made in Sweden by a small company called Traullit. It is made using locally sourced FSC wood and also produced locally in Sweden. We like this material because not only is it made from sustainably sourced materials, it is produced sustainably and has excellent thermal insulation properties once installed.
Whenever possible we buy our furniture from auctions or locally, for example for our Rome store we were able to buy antiques locally.
We created our Green Guidebook in 2012 to help our stores run more sustainably and each year we update it with the most up-to-date information. The e-book provides guidelines on how to save energy and water, reduce waste, and lessen the overall environmental impact of Stella McCartney stores.