Target is a partner with the Natural Resources Defense Council in its Clean by Design initiative, which identifies practical, cost-saving opportunities so our suppliers can increase operational efficiencies in their factories, while simultaneously reducing resource usage, waste and emissions.
In 2011, in collaboration with our suppliers, we piloted the 10 best practices of Clean by Design in three Chinese textile mills, and saw significant savings in water, energy and chemicals as a result. Encouraged by those results, and in continued collaboration with additional suppliers, we expanded the program twice more in 2012 and 2016, onboarding an additional 19 mills into the program.
The facility improvements adopted by our supplier’s participating mills have yielded exciting and significant results. On average, water usage is down 8% within mills that conducted water savings projects. Each year, the mills save over 12,000,000 KwH of energy from all energy sources. Combined, the annual average energy savings per mill account for a reduction of nearly 1,500 ton standard coal each year.
To date, Target, together with our suppliers, have engaged 22 Chinese mills in the Clean by Design program, which is just one of the ways we partner with our supply chain to minimize the environmental impacts of manufacturing.