Live Green at Sears
Live Green is a Sears program to reduce our environmental footprint and help our customers do the same.
Per capita, Canada is one of the largest energy and resource users in the world. Sears recognizes the role a retailer can play in influencing sustainable choices. As a significant energy user, purchaser of materials, and seller of energy using goods, Sears has a responsibility to play an active role in helping to preserve our planet.
Live Green is one way that the company can lead by example. Taking a proactive approach to reducing the impact of Sears own operations better enables us to legitimately broaden our scope and focus on helping Canadians solve their environmental challenges.
Under the Live Green umbrella, Sears promotes environmentally-sustainable choices. Sears has helped to bring public awareness to climate change while offering Canadians eco-friendly products and services that save them energy and money, create a healthy home, and reduce their impact on the environment.
Our dedicated Environmental Sustainability Team works in partnership with all areas of the business, from facilities, IT, stores, logistics, vendors and merchandising teams to develop and action Live Green initiatives that nurture a culture of sustainability among our associates and customers, and establish Sears as a leader in sustainable retailing. Some innovative tools and programs have been launched to make it easier for Canadians to minimize their footprint, such as the Cost and Carbon Calculator, and the Home Energy Tune-Up.
Our Live Green program is strengthened through the help of Live Green Teams comprised of Sears associates located in Sears stores, distribution centres across the country and at Head Office, and relationships fostered with external organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) and Environmental Defence. Sears also works closely with government agencies and utility companies across the country, with whom Sears works closely in order to make energy efficient options more accessible and affordable for Canadians.
Through Live Green, Sears is able to continually improve its policies and practices to promote environmental sustainability. Between 2007 and 2010, we reduced our electricity use by 15%, natural gas use by 18%, water use by 35%, and paper tonnage by 25%. In 2010, the first ever Sears eco-catalogue was produced, offering a range of eco-products, presented on environmentally-sustainable paper. In the same year we began sourcing paper for all our catalogues and flyers from certified, sustainably managed sources.