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the little things count

Even a few small lifestyle changes can make a big difference for the environment, 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 innovative and affordable products to try, quick-and-easy places to recycle materials, reusable shopping bags and more, we’re working together to make an even bigger impact.

our sustainable product index

In 2013, we introduced the Target Sustainable Product Index, developed in partnership with industry experts, vendors and NGOs, to help establish a common language, definition and process for qualifying what makes a product more sustainable. Beginning with our personal care, beauty, household cleaning and baby care product categories, we’re using UL's Purview Platform link opens in a new window to collect information from vendors and evaluate the products’ qualities against set criteria.

Made to Matter

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In 2014, we introduced Made to Matter—Handpicked by Target, a curated collection of products from purpose-driven brands, to make natural, organic and sustainable products more accessible for guests. Since then, it’s evolved with new and exclusive products from guest-favorite brands like Yes To and Annie’s, and newcomers like Babyganics. This year, inclusion in the program required each brand to meet criteria in a specific set of standards to guarantee all Made to Matter products align with what our guests value most.

improving packaging sustainability

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We're working toward a goal to make more of our owned-brand packaging designs more sustainable by the end of 2016. To do it, we're using fewer materials overall, incorporating more recycled or renewable content, and reducing as much product waste as possible.

our reusable bag program

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

Each time a guest buys something at our stores, we offer a 5-cent discount for each reusable bag they use. So far, our guests have used more than 190 million reusable bags instead of paper or plastic. 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.

recycling in our stores

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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.

products that pack a punch

Four bottles of Method cleaning products

We know guests are on the lookout 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.

increasing organics

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In 2012, we set a goal to increase our offering of organic food and beverages by 25 percent by the end of 2017. Since then, we’ve made strong progress as we introduce new products and assortments, including our signature Simply Balanced grocery brand, which includes more than 40 percent organic products. In 2014 and 2015, we tested the sale of organic fruits and vegetables in some of our PFresh stores, making it easier for guests to find and choose organic produce.

expanding our sustainable seafood selection

one bag of Simply Balanced shrimp

Healthy oceans are critical to a healthy planet, so our goal is to make our entire fresh and frozen seafood selection sustainable and traceable, or in a credible, time-bound improvement process by the end of fiscal year 2015. Through a partnership with nonprofit partner, FishWise, we’ve made progress by continuing to buy from suppliers who source responsibly and working with our partners to encourage the best supply-chain practices.

more local recycling resources

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Beyond your local Target store, find additional recycling resources through our partner, 1800RECYCLING.com. 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.

clear on-package instructions

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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 Target.com plastic shipping envelopes and select products from our popular up & up link opens in a new window brand.

good to know

  • Through recycling initiatives in our operations and with guests and team members, we collected and recycled: 1,500+ tons of plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and cans, 7,000+ tons of shrink wrap and plastic bags, and 27 tons of electronics.
  • Target guests have used more than 190 million reusable bags, avoiding the use of more than 475 million plastic bags.

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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