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Have you ever wondered if TK MAXX is sustainable shopping? In my quest to try to get my kids to shop less and keep it sustainable, we visited our local TK MAXX store.
Eloise my (12-year-old) daughter has her own retro-style going on. With her pocket money budget, we sometimes shop in charity shops to make it affordable for her.
However, the big question we both begged to ask is how can this vast stock be sustainable? Surely because the company’s selling point is that it’s ‘60% less than the RRP’ does that mean the customer buys more?
TJX ( the umbrella company) work on an off-price business model which is unique to them. “We buy from all kinds of vendors – big names and designer labels, top brands, up-and-coming labels and vendors known for stylish fashion and exciting gems. We also have some merchandise manufactured for us to bring you exceptional fashion and quality at an amazing price. Our buyers choose many different colours, styles and fabrics so there is always a great choice for you. Our buyers are opportunistic and entrepreneurial. So when a designer overproduces, or other stores overbuy, we swoop in, negotiate the lowest possible price and pass the savings on.”
Eloise and I originally thought that the biggest part of TK MAXX’s sustainability is buying up excess stock which saves it from going to landfill.
When I looked further into the TJX family as they also own the lesser-known Home Sense ( a brilliant home store) and trade under TJ MAXX in the US. I really didn’t know just how much they do care for the customer, their employees and the environment.
How Sustainable is TK MAXX?
It doesn’t stop there, Ethical Sourcing with a no fur policy, with Feather & Down they’re pursuing a policy of no live-plucking or force-feeding and they’ll not sell clothes that are not appropriate for children to wear. Never knowingly selling products that contain offensive language or imagery.
Developing sustainable trade in Uganda
Working with over 4000 local people in the remote Rwenzori region of Western Uganda, TK MAXX Sustainable Trade Programme was developed in 2011. The aim of the programme is to help parents ensure their children complete primary education. We do this by helping them increase their income from the production and sale of coffee, cocoa, cotton and crafts. They are proud to sell some of these products in-store and online as part of the Made to do Good range.
Check out the Uganda sustainable trade below
As holders of the Carbon Trust standard, last year TK MAXX reduced their footprint by over 15% and are on track to reduce it by 30%* by 2020. Globally, achieving a leading rating from global carbon benchmark, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
TK MAXX has a zero waste to landfill target. All waste from stores and operations is sent to be recycled. 91% of this is diverted from landfill and They’re working on the rest.
Since 2004, UK customers and associates have recycled over 1.3 million bags of clothing through in-store Give Up Clothes for Good campaign. This equates to 6,830 tonnes of clothing or 150,000 tonnes of saved carbon emissions.
Reducing Plastic Waste -TK MAXX is investing in three innovative projects to reduce single-use plastic waste.
- 1: The Ocean Clean Up – A pilot project to clean up half the Pacific garbage patch by 2025.
- 2: The Plastic Collective – An innovative pilot project that turns plastic waste into income for Pacific island communities.
- 3: In the UK – Environmental and clean-up schemes in our UK local communities.
TK MAXX helps customers reduce their carrier bag usage, they offer a variety of bags for life. The price of these includes a donation to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. Since the single-use carrier bag charge came into effect in England, Scotland and Wales, they donated all proceeds to good causes.
Don’t get in line, Get online!
Not many people know that you can now buy online at TKMAXX, in the UK and TJMAXX in the US, which is perfect if the thought of rails & rails of clothes gives you a hot sweat! It’s a great way to find exactly what you’re looking for and see just how many pieces are in stock if you prefer to try on in the store than at home.
I’ve signed up to the newsletter and it doesn’t disappoint, sending the latest arrivals for me to swoop in and buy. They also offer a ‘Click & Collect’ option to your local store, Standard Delivery and a Next Day Delivery option too! Free returns which everyone likes.
What’s the benefit of shopping online?
There is the option to sign up to ‘Treasure’ which is perfect for you avid shoppers that love to be rewarded. TK MAXX explains “Treasure is our way of saying thanks for shopping at TK Maxx and Homesense. We know you like a bit of the unique and surprising and that’s what Treasure is all about. Ready to get your hands on amazing rewards? All you have to do is collect five keys”. Find out more how it works.
ModBox is TK MAXX best-kept secret (no idea why): fresh new looks and young fashion (and fashion for the young-at-heart of course). Discover the most on-trend pieces at low prices across Women’s Clothing & Shoes and Men’s Clothing, all available to buy online and in-store.
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If you love Designer Clothing for less then Gold Label is where you want to check out first, you’ll have to be quick though as there are only one or two pieces per item in this section! Women’s designer fashion and big-branded looks for less. Here’s where you’ll find jeans from your favourite brands ( you’ll have to keep visiting as designers change) on-trend jackets, stylish dresses, knitwear and tops too. All up to 60% less. Shop Gold Label
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Contemporary womenswear – with minimalist styles & niche labels – will take you through the season and beyond. Inspired by modern design and its clean lines, these knits, trousers, jeans and coats are your key to instant style, for much less. If you love dressing Scandi Style then this is for you! Shop Contemporary Designers.
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TK MAXX also has an extensive Plus Size section, not to mention Shoes, and Beauty too.
Shopping TJ MAXX – Stateside
You’ll find the change of name to TJ MAXX In the US. The concept is the same but they have different names for searchable sections online. Be sure to check out ‘The Runway at Max’ where all the latest & coolest designer labels land. Fall Style will get you in the mood for Autumnal colours. Made in Italy you’ll find formal pieces of gorgeous knits, silks and patterns. The Leather Shop won’t disappoint, full of biker jackets, must-have boots and bags of all sizes. Contemporary is my favourite as a mixture of denim, t-shirts, jumpsuits and more!
Oh, and the jeans section is really good click here to see!
Enjoy exploring TK MAXX as there’s so much to see! But when buying jeans remember to read this first so you know which style of jeans will be good for you!