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Even a few small lifestyle changes can make a big difference for the planet, so we offer products, resources and incentives that make it easier for guests and team members to incorporate more sustainable choices into their lives.

By offering better-for-you, clean and transparent products that are affordable and accessible, quick-and-easy places to recycle materials, reusable shopping bags and more, we’re working together to make an even bigger impact.

To guide our progress, we put policies in place and set goals to keep us on track and moving forward. We recommend taking a closer look at our climate policy and chemical strategy—and read on to learn about more of the work that’s underway.

the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

We’re proud to join the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment. We join 250 organizations, including many of the world’s largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs.

We'll work toward achieving the following:

  • Elimination of problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging through redesign, innovation, and new delivery models is a priority
  • Reuse models are applied where relevant, reducing the need for single-use packaging
  • All plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable
  • All plastic packaging is reused, recycled, or composted in practice
  • The use of plastics is fully decoupled from the consumption of finite resources
  • All plastic packaging is free of hazardous chemicals, and the health, safety, and rights of all people involved are respected

promoting circular fashion design

Guests often look to Target for better-for-the-planet product options, and we recognize the rising costs and environmental impacts of waste throughout our own value chain. So we’re exploring ways to design for circularity across our business and shopping experiences—like aiming for zero operational waste, empowering guests to lead waste-free lives and closing more loops in our supply chain through new business models and infrastructure. We’re working toward a waste-free world where we can make the most financial and societal impact by circulating materials at their highest value.

As part of this work, we serve as a strategic partner to the Global Fashion Agenda, and support its efforts to mobilize the international fashion industry to transform the way fashion is produced and consumed. We’ve also committed to the following:

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By 2020, we'll invest US $1 million in textile recycling technologies, with the goal of accelerating the transition to a circular apparel industry.

By 2020, all Target owned brand apparel will be designed for functional durability to last the life cycle of the product. 

As part of our commitment to quality, we launched a one-year return policy in 2017 for all our owned brand general merchandise—a promise to guests that we don’t compromise quality to sell products at a value.

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fashion sense

In 2018, Target joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action alongside dozens of leading fashion brands, retailers and supplier organizations. The charter recognizes the crucial role fashion plays in reducing emissions while contributing to sustainable development—and as a member, we’ve agreed to address the climate impact of fashion across our value chain.

Aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement, the charter will help guide our work toward selecting climate-friendly and sustainable materials, using low-carbon transportation, and exploring circular business models. Alongside the other signatories, we also aim to reduce our aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

see the full list of commitments

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improving packaging sustainability

We already exceeded our goal to make more of our owned-brand packaging designs more sustainable, and we’re not stopping there. In 2017, we announced five new sustainable packaging goals. Our teams and partners are using increasingly fewer materials overall, incorporating more recycled or renewable content, and reducing as much product waste as possible.

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clear on-package instructions

In 2013, we became a member of the How2Recycle Label program, an initiative  of our non-profit partner GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. The labeling system is designed to give consumers clear, on-package recycling instructions and encourage participation in recycling programs.

Our teams are working to introduce the labels on our owned brand packaging and shipping materials in the coming months, beginning with our plastic shipping envelopes and select products from our popular up & up link opens in a new window brand.

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sustainable seafood

At Target, you can be confident that the seafood you buy was wild caught or farmed using sustainable practices. We’ve worked hand-in-hand with our partner FishWise, trusted vendors and other stakeholders, to ensure 100 percent of our fresh and frozen seafood is sustainable, traceable, or in a time-bound improvement process. Now, we’re expanding our policy to address our sourcing of sushi and shelf-stable tuna. We will continue to seek out ways to leverage our size, scale and reach in ways that we believe will lead to positive social, economic, and environmental outcomes in fisheries and aquaculture production.

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our chemicals strategy

In 2017, we created our chemicals strategy and policy that addresses our entire value chain, operations and every product we sell. We believe that by supporting our vendors in being more transparent about the ingredients in products, we can spur innovation across all our product categories and operations and help reduce unwanted chemicals in the homes and lives of millions of guests. Now, initiatives like our Wellness icons will build on it.

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sustainable cotton

We use cotton in many of our products, and we know that cotton farming plays a major role in the economic well-being of communities around the world. So we set a goal to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2022 for our owned and exclusive national brands in apparel, home and essentials, and introduced a new cotton policy to help guide the way. We hope to use our size, scale and influence to help the cotton industry tackle some major environmental and social challenges, while growing our investment in transparent and traceable sources.

forest products

We’re doing our part to help keep the world’s forests healthy. In 2017, we introduced a new forest products policy to help Target work toward our long-term aim of sourcing all of the wood, paper, paper-based packaging and wood-based fiber used in our owned brand products from forests that are well-managed and credibly certified—and whenever possible, from post-consumer recycled materials.

Beginning with a focus on several of our owned brands, we’ll work closely with partners to understand the origin of the raw materials in the products and improve the sustainability of forests where the timber in those products was grown.

read more about our forest products policy

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recycling in our stores

Since 2010, our recycling kiosks have given guests an easy way to recycle cans, glass, plastic bottles, plastic bags, MP3 players, ink cartridges and cell phones right in their local store. The goal of the program is to extend our company recycling efforts, and so far, the program has kept thousands of tons of recycled materials out of landfills.

We also host twice-annual car seat trade-in events during which guests can bring in expired car seats and receive a coupon in return. Learn more about current and upcoming program details.

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stocking our shelves

Guests come to Target looking for easy ways to bring sustainable practices into their daily routines, so we help them out by offering a wide selection of sustainable products—like groceries, cleaning products, beauty items and more—that are also affordable and convenient.

We carry a broad assortment of our guests' favorite sustainably-minded brands, such as Method soaps, Seventh Generation cleaning supplies and Yes To and Burt's Bees beauty products.

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serving up more organics

In 2016, we exceeded our goal to offer more organic food and beverages in our stores—increasing that number by a whopping 139 percent. Today, we continue to expand the assortment, introducing new products for guests to love, like our signature Simply Balanced grocery brand, which includes more than 40 percent organic products.

A red reusable tote bag with Target Bullseye logo in white text.

our reusable bag program

Each time a guest buys something at our stores, we offer a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag they use. We encourage guests to make reusable bags a regular part of their shopping routine by offering a broad and ever-changing assortment of bags that fit different lifestyles and needs. logo

more local recycling resources

Beyond your local Target store, find additional recycling resources through our partner, Visit the site and enter your zip code to find locations and services near you. Search recycling options for everything from electronics to paint and more.

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In 2017, Target helped recycle more than 4.2 million pounds of electronics and 8,000 tons of plastic

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Target has shown itself to be a leader in sustainable seafood. This new and deeper commitment should both serve as an example for the rest of the industry and result in real change on the water.

Tobias Aguirre
Executive Director, FishWise