In Coachtopia, we’re on a mission to advance towards a more circular future, working iteratively to improve our processes, find new ways of reimagining waste and reduce our carbon footprint.
Reducing our impact at every step
Every Coachtopia product has been crafted with the intention to minimize its use of virgin raw materials—the production of which accounts for 38% of the fashion industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.* With this goal in mind, we’re creating new products using materials that are repurposed and recycled. Where we do use new materials, we source them from renewable sources, meaning they are bio-based and replenish at a rate that’s equal to or greater than their rate of depletion.
* Source: Fashion on Climate, McKinsey & Company, 2020
The carbon emissions of shipping Coachtopia products are offset through two key partnerships. Through our partnership with GoodShipping, we offset the emissions from products shipped via ocean freight from our suppliers to fulfilment centers by investing in cleaner biofuel alternatives (learn how this works here). Through our partnership with 3Degrees, we offset emissions from air freight, the transportation of product from fulfilment centers to our stores and every e-commerce shipment by investing in a portfolio of certifiable emissions reductions projects based on environmental integrity and impact. Learn more about these projects here.
We are continually looking at how we can reduce and eliminate unnecessary packaging. In our Retail stores, we provide a single bag with Coachtopia products, which does triple duty as a shopper, dust bag and gift bag. Our Coachtopia shoebox is designed to work as a storage box, a portable shopper and a shipping box. By offering these simple, multifunctional packaging solutions for Coachtopia products, we’re using fewer materials than is typical in luxury stores, and so taking steps to reduce the emissions associated with creating these materials. Our boxes, dust bags, paper hangtags, tissue paper and notecards are made from at least 75% recycled materials.
End of life
By offering takeback in our Coach Retail stores for all Coachtopia products and developing pathways for repurposing and recycling them, we’re working to extend the life of both our products and our materials. When a product is restored, repaired or reimagined and sold in place of a new product made with virgin materials, its carbon footprint is up to 76% less than the comparable new product. *
* Based on research conducted by students at Columbia University’s Masters of Science in Sustainability Management Program. This research has been verified by a third-party.
Our industry partners are a vital part of the Coachtopia community, helping us not only to develop innovative methodologies and materials, but to measure our impacts as we continue to work towards a more circular future.