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.

Goals

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.

Initiatives

ReMUJI

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

BRING PLA-PLUS project

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.

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

再生ウール

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.

Fiscal Year 2022 Report on the Recycling of Specified Household Appliances, etc.

The total number of televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines that Ryohin Keikaku has re-merchandized, etc. in FY2022 (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023) 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
(CRT)
Television
(LCD/plasma)
Refrigerators and freezers Washing machines and clothes dryers
Number of units picked up at designated pick up locations 26 units 31 units 10,110 units 8,277 units
Number of units recycled 27 units 31 units 10,296 units 8,533 units
Weight of recycled products processed 590kg 491kg 612,620kg 340,580kg
Weight of recycled products 440kg 428kg 493,483kg 321,088kg
Recycling rate (weight ratio) 74% 87% 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
(CRT)
Television
(LCD/plasma)
Refrigerators and freezers Washing machines and clothes dryers
Iron 70kg 212kg 233,787kg 148,392kg
Copper 15kg 5kg 10,327kg 6,363kg
Aluminum 1kg 17kg 6,144kg 6,740kg
Mixtures of non-ferrous and ferrous substances 12kg 6kg 78,018kg 32,277kg
CRT glass 204kg - - -
Other valuable materials 138kg 188kg 165,207kg 127,316kg
Total weight 440kg 428kg 493,483kg 321,088kg