At ANN INC., we recognize that part of reducing our environmental impact is making better decisions when sourcing our materials. Our Associates are more aware of the environmental impacts of their business decisions and have started to incorporate more sustainable materials wherever possible, including in our marketing paper and new store designs.

      
Procurement
Policy
We have a policy that outlines preferred materials and practices for our Procurement teams to use when making purchasing decisions. These include guidelines and best practices, and are updated on an ongoing basis.
      
Shopping
Bags
ANN INC. has eliminated the use of plastic shopping bags, and provides shopping bags at our stores made with 40% post consumer waste (PCW).
      
Higg Index
As members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, we are evaluating opportunities to use the Higg Index within our brand and to measure product sustainability.
      
Marketing
Paper
As part of our efforts to increase our sustainable procurement activities, we have taken a closer look at the paper used for direct mail marketing to our clients. We now primarily source Forest Stewardship Council® certified paper for our marketing products and strive to include post consumer waste in their content.
      
In-Store
Marketing
We have moved away from vinyl marketing displays in our stores, and now primarily use fabric or recyclable card stock wherever possible.
      
New Store
Design
At our prototype stores, we continue to test more sustainable materials and procurement practices. We are excited about our innovative new features, low VOC flooring, low-E glass windows and recycled content in our ceiling tiles (where possible). We also use reusable barricades when building or renovating our stores, rather than traditional sheet rock. This will avoid up to one ton of solid waste per store that is renovated. We will continue to look for more sustainable materials to include in all new store projects and designs.
      
Cleaning
Supplies
We use more sustainable cleaning supplies at our Stores. These new supplies have green certifications and significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste we generate.