Stores tak­ing their eco ef­forts to new lev­els

Austin American-Statesman - - STYLE MATTERS - ConTRIBUTED by THE gift bag

Some na­tional re­tail­ers with stores in Austin have taken steps to be­come more ecofriendly. At the used fash­ion re­sale store Buf­falo Ex­change, dis­pos­able plas­tic bags have been dis­con­tin­ued. For the Austin store on Guadalupe, the move comes ahead of the city’s ban on sin­gle-use pa­per and plas­tic bags in March.

The store has re­vamped its pop­u­lar To­ken for Bags pro­gram, which now gives shop­pers a to­ken val­ued at five cents to do­nate to lo­cal char­i­ties when they bring in their own re­us­able bag or opt out of a bag. Buf­falo Ex­change also sells re­us­able bags. The com­pany’s pol­icy change is ex­pected to keep an es­ti­mated 350,000 bags out of land­fills ev­ery year.

And start­ing in Fe­bru­ary, H&M will be­gin col­lect­ing used cloth­ing to be reused or re­cy­cled. The new re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive means cus­tomers will re­ceive a voucher for each bag of used gar­ments they bring in. The cloth­ing in any con­di­tion and from any brand will be ac­cepted.

Ac­cord­ing to H&M, tons of tex­tiles are thrown out with domestic waste and end up in land­fills. About 95 per­cent of th­ese clothes could be re­worn, reused or re­cy­cled, the com­pany said in a state­ment.

And Green­peace an­nounced re­cently that the world’s largest fash­ion re­tailer Zara, which has a store at The Do­main, has com­mit­ted to go toxic-free by 2020. Zara was one of the worst of­fend­ers in a report pub­lished by Green­peace on the haz­ardous chem­i­cals cloth­ing com­pa­nies use to man­u­fac­ture many of their prod­ucts. Fol­low­ing the report, protests and demon­stra­tions took place at Zara stores around the globe.

Zara has now com­mit­ted to “elim­i­nat­ing re­leases of all haz­ardous chem­i­cals through­out its sup­ply chains and prod­ucts,” ac­cord­ing to the Green­peace an­nounce­ment.

H&M, The Do­main at 11410 Cen­tury Oaks Ter­race near Macy’s, hm.com; Buf­falo Ex­change, 2904 Guadalupe St., buf­faloex­change.com; Zara, The Do­main at 3409 Esper­anza Cross­ing, zara.com.

Aus­ti­nite Liz Steven­son opened new swimwear and ac­ces­sories bou­tique Blue Glue Biki­nis this month at The Do­main. The 880-square-foot fran­chised store is be­tween Burberry and Tommy Ba­hama.

The store, founded by a French de­signer, features the swimwear lines “Glam” and “Chill.” “Glam” boasts in­tri­cate de­tails such as laser-cut de­signs and sig­na­ture hard­ware while “Chill” has graphic and solid prints at ac­ces­si­ble price points.

The store has lo­ca­tions world­wide, but this is the first store in Texas. Find Blue Glue Biki­nis at The Do­main, 11506 Cen­tury Oaks Ter­race, Suite 108. www.blue-glue.com.

The “Lucette” boot re­tails for $180 at The Walking Com­pany. The Gift Bag of­fers a mo­bile gift wrap­ping sta­tion with artists ready to make shop­pers’ pack­ages pretty.

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