Waste Reduction & Recycling
All of the waste from our Columbus, Ohio, operations is sent to a materials recovery facility, which receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers. In addition, below is a list of some of the items Victoria's Secret & Co. recycled in partnership with L Brands in 2020:
- 6,750 pounds of aerosol products
- 7,437 tons of corrugate
- 67 tons of industrial batteries from power equipment
- 153 tons of ethyl alcohol from personal care products
- 115 tons of metal
- 299 tons of plastic
- 758 tons of mixed paper
- 17 tons of electronics
- 174 tons of glass
Additionally in 2019, in a join effort with L Brands, Victoria's Secret & Co. was able to avoid disposal of the following items by collaborating with outside partners that could reuse the materials:
- 737 tons of products and ingredients
- 2546 tons of wood from pallets
- 99 tons of electronics
In total, during 2019, in partnership with L Brands, Victoria's Secret & Co. prevented more than 9,032 tons of material from going to landfill through reuse and recycling.
Our merchandise is stored and shipped in specially designed cartons that as a part of L Brands, Victoria’s Secret & Co. helped to develop along with our suppliers and a packaging material expert. These unique cartons are manufactured using fewer raw materials than our previous cartons and are designed to hold more merchandise, stack more efficiently and require less space on transportation vehicles. The containers are manufactured with approximately 72 percent post-consumer waste recycled content.
Elimination of PVC Containers
In 2003, Victoria’s Secret & Co. as a part of L Brands, stopped using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containers for our personal care products, which reduced our PVC usage by 4.3 million pounds per year. Those personal care products are now stored in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, which is the most widely used plastic in consumer packaging. It's readily recycled in most communities and its manufacture is considered to be more environmentally friendly than PVC.
Store Recycling Containers
Recyclable personal care products from our stores are packaged and shipped in five-gallon plastic pails to a recycling and reclamation facility. The containers are emptied, cleaned and returned to the stores for reuse. In 2019, approximately 6,721 pounds of aerosol products, 212 tons of ethyl alcohol containing products and 123 pounds of nail polish were reclaimed through this process.
Merchandise that is received from vendors is often shipped on wood pallets. We reuse the pallets to handle merchandise in our distribution centers. Pallets that are damaged are sent to a third party for repair and are redistributed for further use. Pallets unable to be reused are ground into fine wood shavings and are ultimately used for purposes such as mulch for landscaping. By sending pallets back to the vendors for recycling or reuse, more than 2,381 tons of wood were not sent to the landfill in 2019.