Respect for the Environment

Waste Management and Resource Recycling

Basic Approach

Since its brand creation in 1980, Ryohin Keikaku has consistently approached manufacturing from three perspectives: selection of materials, streamlining of processes and simplification of packaging.
We believe that selecting materials in consideration of the global environment and producers, eliminating waste in all processes, and providing customers with only what they really need in the way they really need it, leads to waste reduction and a lighter environmental impact on the planet.
Ryohin Keikaku aims to build positive relationship with nature and communities. We contribute to a circular economy by reducing waste and circulating global resources throughout all our business activities.


Ryohin Keikaku aims to contribute to society by creating new value through its businesses.
We aim to achieve a circular economy by engaging in activities from product development to after consumer use, including waste reduction, elimination of wasteful resource use, and promotion of recycling and reuse.
To reduce the volume of waste produced, we plan to encourage the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) within Ryohin Keikaku, supply chains, and among customers in order to achieve our objectives.
We aim to achieve 100% recyclable and plastic free packaging and materials by 2030 to minimize plastic waste. Furthermore, we are taking a proactive approach to decrease the usage of virgin plastics by collecting plastic products sold and promoting resource circulation. The target is to achieve 100% reuse of plastic by 2030.

Management Organization

We systematically conduct and facilitate environmental management.

Risks and Challenges

We analyze waste-related risks and challenges primarily from three perspectives: product planning, supply chain, and society/community. Reducing waste is an ongoing challenge for us, which includes waste from stores, facilities, logistics centers, production processes, and packaging materials. We recognize that waste is a significant social issue as it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and urgent need for final disposal sites. As a company that handles clothing, household goods, and food, we are concerned about the impact of waste on society and will continue to address this issue.



Textile Waste Reduction ~ ReMUJI ~

This is an initiative to recycle items that have been used by customers for many years, or items that cannot be sold as a result of a glitch during the manufacturing and distribution process. The clothes are re-dyed with indigo color and given whole new value. Sales of these clothes began at MUJI Tenjin-Daimyo which opened in March 2015. As of August 31, 2023, they are available at 24 stores in Japan.
Moreover, the store also collects textile products other than clothes. Textile products unsuitable for ReMUJI are recylced into various materials.

Recycling of Plastic Bottles


From July 2020, MUJI started the collection and recycling of PET material as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste. Bottles of used Moisturising Milk/ Toning Water, or "My Bottle for Water" are available for collection. The collected bottles will be recycled into polyester raw materials, in order to reduce plastic waste and to make effective use of petroleum-derived raw materials.

Target Products

  • Empty bottles of all types of Toning Water/Moisturising Milk/Booster Essence Lotion sold by MUJI
    (Target volume: 150ml, 200ml, 300ml, and 400ml)
  • My Bottle for Water

Collection Points

MUJI stores

1) Please remove the cap from the bottles and bring them to the store in a clean condition after washing.
2) Please remove the lid of Moisturising Milk/Toning Water/Booster Essence Lotion.

Initiatives around shopping bags

From March 2020 onward, all stores in Japan has abolished the distribution of plastic shopping bags and has then switched to paper bags, with new materials and sizes. In addition to promoting the use of My Bags, we also sell recycled polypropylene bags that are convenient for large items and bulk purchases at 150 yen (consumption tax included). These bags can be returned to all MUJI stores for refund when they are no longer needed.

In June of the same year, we launched a campaign to promote the use of My Bags at all MUJI stores in Japan. MUJI passport miles are awarded to customers who declined to use plastic bags when purchasing products.

Reviewing packaging materials and display materials

With the aim of recycling resources and reducing waste, we are progressively reviewing the materials used for product packaging and point-of-sale display materials in addition to shopping bags. For example, instead of using plastics, we have used recycled papers for the display hooks of our socks and scarfs, from spring/summer 2019 product series. Looking ahead, we will continue to identify all products that require packaging, such as underwear and aroma oil, and carry out plans to eliminate the use of plastic in terms of their packaging or replace it with recycled paper and other alternative materials whenever possible.

What is more, from autumn/winter 2021 we have gradually replaced the plastic tag pins with paper tag pins made from FSC paper, including recycled paper. The paper is twisted to keep its strength and can be used as a pin to hold the tag.
Starting with this fall/winter, all men's and women's inner wear will use paper hangers which can be returned to stores via collection boxes placed at cash register or elsewhere in stores (excluding Café&Meal MUJI and IDÉE). Instead of becoming household waste, the collected paper materials will be processed at factories to be reused as paper hangers.
In this way, MUJI, which aims to create a better relationship with nature, will continue to do its best to help recycle the earth's resources and reduce wastes.

Goal Key Performance Indicators FY2021/8 Initiatives FY2022/8 Initiatives FY2023/8 Initiatives
Eliminate plastic in packaging and
various materials 100%
Percentage of packaging and materials for apparel, household goods and food products that do not use plastic
(except when plastic is required for hygiene, quality and safety)
Apparel: 14.0%
Household goods: 13.2%
Food products: Switched from plastic bottles to bottle-shaped cans
Apparel: 74.8%
Household goods: 47.0%
Food products: Coffee beans, nuts, and other items sold by weight at some stores
Apparel: 96.8%
Household goods: 64.7%
Food products: Recycled plastics and biomass plastics used in some packaging
Total weight of plastic reduction
(comparative reduction of current versus previous plastic packaging)
Apparel: 52t
Household goods: Under calculation
Food products: 213t
Apparel: 59t
Household goods: Under calculation
Food products: 251t
Apparel: 104.8t
Household goods: 60.7t
(Estimated annual reduction resulting from the launch of refill pouches for skin care products)
Food products: 292t
Mottainai Market
"Mottainai Market" at MUJI GINZA

"Mottainai Market"

There are products that can be used without any problems, but cannot be sold due to slight scratches, stains, colors, or dyeing conditions during the manufacturing and distribution process. If we just throw these items away, we will be wasting valuable resources. Instead of wasting resources through disposal, MUJI has developed the "Mottainai Market" initiative to collect and sell such products.

This initiative started at MUJI GINZA in February 2021 and was held at 23 stores in FY2023.
In July 2022, the "Mottainai Market" page was opened on MUJI's online store, and we started selling new old stocks. In January 2023, we also started selling used products on online store.

Water bottle and water refilling services

As part of our efforts to reduce plastic waste, from Wednesday, July 1, 2020, we began selling "My Bottle for Water" and installed water refill stations in MUJI stores to provide water supply services at stores.

As MUJI is committed to a better relationship with nature, we are doing what we can to help recycle the earth's resources and reduce waste. As part of our efforts in reducing plastic waste, we have installed water refill stations in MUJI stores and has started a complimentary water supply service. Tap water is used for the drinking water available in these water refill stations. If people bring their own bottles, everyone can easily fill up their own drinking water instead of buying new bottled beverages. We have installed water refill stations in our stores to encourage customers to bring their own water bottles to the store and to advocate not just for the environment, but also for their own health.

We are also selling bottles that can be refilled with water repeatedly. In addition to using the water refill stations at MUJI, we aim to make the act of "getting water" a daily habit without the use of new plastic bottles, making it easier for customers to use the watering machine at their homes or offices. In conjunction with this launch, we has also started collecting unnecessary "self-service water bottles" at our stores. We encourage customers to use this product repeatedly, but if they need to replace it with a new bottle or if it got damaged, they can bring it to their local MUJI store. By recycling the collected products into polyester materials, we can reduce plastic waste and effectively utilize petroleum-derived raw materials.

Efforts to reduce the use of paper

MUJI (Shanghai) Company Co., Ltd. (hereafter, Shanghai Office) is promoting an office improvement project where members can volunteer and discuss new ideas, not just for office renovations but also for better working conditions.

In July 2017, we have introduced a printer that can reuse paper by erasing the ink; this came after a suggestion within the project that secondary use of printed paper should be promoted. By considering whether or not a document should really be printed each time, it served as an opportunity to raise awareness of resources among Shanghai Office members.

We believe that by valuing each individual's awareness and seriously considering even the smallest efforts together, we can bring about changes in terms of knowledge and behavior.

Use of Recycled Materials: Cotton, Wool, etc.

We take cutoffs and leftovers from the production process - pieces normally cast off - to spin and reweave into recycled cotton or wool products. We will continue to make clothing and other products using recycled materials in order to reduce waste and promote recycling of resources.

Our Initiative on Reclaimed Wool

Resource Conservation


Scraps are inevitably produced in the process of making wool products from cutting and other processes. Rather than throwing them away, we collect and reuse them as wool again. MUJI is engaged in the recycling of wool based on the the traditional Japanese principle of appreciating resources around us and not be wasteful.

Reclaimed with Care

Reclaiming wool is as laborious and time-consuming as turning sheep's wool into fabric. Collected pieces of wool are carefully pulled back into raw fibres by color then turned into raw material to be used as yarn again. We work with Japanese mills mainly in Bishu Area known for their craftsmanship to produce high quality wool.

Process of Reclaiming Wool

  • 1. Separation of raw materials for recycled wool

  • 2. Cut it into a cotton shape

  • 3. Spinning

  • 4. Weaving

  • 5. Remove wrinkles from the fabric and adjust the texture and hardness

Initiatives with Governments

We work closely with the government to address social challenges in partnership with local communities. Multiple stores nationwide have initiated a food drive where they gather excess food from households and distribute it to those who require it. Some of our stores located in Kyoto City have joined the "Shimatsu no Kokoro Ordinance," which seeks to reduce waste by 50%. In the future, we plan to continue collaborating with the government to further our waste reduction efforts.

Data on Waste Management

Compliance with the Container and Packaging Recycling Law

As a specified business operator under the Container and Packaging Recycling Law, Ryohin Keikaku endeavors to aid in the establishment of a circular society. This is achieved through yearly determination of the weight of product "containers" and "packaging" sold, and payment of the resulting recycling commission to the Japan Containers and Packaging Recycling Association.

Report on the Recycling of Specified Home Appliances (Japan)

The total number of televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines that Ryohin Keikaku has re-merchandized, etc. in FY2023 (April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024) in accordance with the Law for the Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Home Appliance Recycling Law) has been shown below.

(1) Number of consigned units for recycling specific household equipment waste (by units / weight / %) *horizontal scroll to view full table

Item Television
Refrigerators and freezers Washing machines and clothes dryers
Number of products received at designated collection points 14 units 34 units 8,997 units 7,037 units
Number of products recycled 17 units 33 units 9,147 units 7,025 units
Weight of recycled products processed 366kg 509kg 536,310kg 282,819kg
Weight of recycled materials from processed products 273kg 441kg 432,663kg 266,230kg
Recycling rate (weight ratio) 74% 86% 80% 94%

(2) Actual results of recycling by types of material (reported in accordance with Article 47, item 1 of the Enforcement Regulations)

The total weight of relevant parts and materials if they are made transferable for a fee or free of charge to those who will use them as parts or materials for products.

*horizontal scroll to view full table

Name of parts and materials Television
Refrigerators and freezers Washing machines and clothes dryers
Iron 44kg 220kg 200,797kg 124,181kg
Copper 6kg 5kg 9,008kg 5,237kg
Aluminum 0kg 17kg 5,255kg 6,403kg
Mixtures of non-ferrous and ferrous substances 10kg 18kg 68,158kg 24,429kg
CRT glass 127kg - - -
Other valuable materials 86kg 181kg 149,445kg 105,980kg
Total weight 273kg 441kg 432,663kg 266,230kg