SUSTAINABILITY AT KAREN MILLEN
We care about the role we play in looking after our beautiful planet and have begun a journey to being the most sustainable we can be. We may not always get it right, but we strongly believe it’s our duty to make conscious decisions at every step. This begins at home, with green initiatives at our head office, and continues through our supply chains, communication channels and beyond. We vow to continue rigorously auditing our processes and practices to minimise our impact both socially and on the environment. It’s our promise to you - and to the planet.
To the planet:
We donate over 100,000 sample garments each year to charities.
We're members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and the Microfiber Consortium, and are always striving to make our products better for the environment.
We're working with our suppliers on collections that use recycled or organic materials.
We create small quantities of each garment to gauge demand and avoid wastage. If a design is a big seller, we can make more quickly, knowing it won't end up in landfill.
Products we can’t sell are donated to charity or our recycling partners. These partners recycle thousands of pieces a month so they don't go in the bin.
Our dispatch bags are made of recycled material and are 100% recyclable. We're also working with our partners to reduce the environmental impact of the rest of our packaging.
We only buy renewable energy across our sites.
All our returns are paperless.
To the people:
Unlike many other retailers, we source a large proportion of our clothes in the UK and we firmly believe that ‘made in Britain' is a label of pride.
We're setting up a Garment and Textile Community Trust to support workers in the garment industry in Leicester.
We're developing and launching a state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Leicester to demonstrate best practice in manufacturing and worker engagement.
We're passionate about diversity and inclusion. Our D&I forum works to ensure representation for all, both internally and externally.
We believe people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds should feel represented by Karen Millen. We're committed to this through the content we create and the ambassadors we work with.
Our wash-well guide will help extend the life of your clothes, as well as look after the planet.
Wash your clothes only when they need it. Washing a full load will also cause less friction between clothes.
When you wash at low temperatures, you’ll help reduce the release of microplastic fibres in your clothing, which in turn reduces CO2 emissions.
If you’re giving your dryer a clean, throw lint in the bin and never down your drains.
Long periods of washing can cause more friction between fabrics, so it’s always best to avoid long washing cycles.
Some of the chemicals used in washing detergent can have a negative environmental impact, so try and look out for eco labels when you shop.
Save energy and money by air drying your clothes when you can.
Each day thousands of items of clothes are left in landfills – and it’s time for it to stop. Do your part for the planet and recycle unwanted clothing using the reGAIN app. Not only will you be reducing landfill waste, you’ll be saving money on your next purchases, too.
Just follow these steps below:
1. Download and register on the reGAIN app.
2. Place your unwanted items in a box or bag. Print your free shipping label and take your parcel to a drop-off point.
3. Receive your discount codes.
*Available on the Apple app store or Google Play. Minimum send of ten items. Your code will be activated after 30 minutes from the drop-off time.