Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Hello, I'm Robyn....
This is me ⬆️ (founder & owner) back in 2012 when I started Le Prix. I took me 8 years to realize that we should make a page dedicated to all the sustainability integrated at every level of Le Prix.
And this is me now. ⬇️
I have had a passion for the environment since I was a child and have dedicated my life, and two university degrees to sustainability. With my Masters of Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, I use my expertise to educate others, advocate for greener and ethical practices and do the deep research for all of our products we carry. If you're curious about my research, you can find it here.
We are a social enterprise founded on core values of fostering sustainability and self-love. So where do we start?
All of our products are sustainable. They are either second-hand, upcycled, re-imagined, ethically made and are to aid in your zero waste life. We do the research on the supply chain to ensure ethical and sustainable production at every level.
Textile Recycling & Garments
In terms of textile recycling, when products get damaged in store we repair them rather than throwing them out. As for donated products that may not be within our quality marker, we have other community partners that donate fabric and textiles that are then used to repair donated garments. When the donated products or fabrics are unusable, we participate in textile recycling with other community partners such as Eco Pretty - based in Guelph, Ontario.
As for all of our garments, we wash them with zero waste and biodegradable Tru Earth fragrance free laundry detergent and air dry or tumble dry with 100% Pure Ethical Wool Dryer Balls. We do this in order to save on energy and increase longevity of the garments. If dry cleaning is necessary we use eco-friendly dry cleaning technology that does not use harmful toxins for the workers and for the environment.
All of our paper bags at the boutique are made of 100% recycled paper. Yes they are more than just pretty bags. We chose to not put our logo on them so you can also re-purpose them as gift bags. We chose paper and ditched plastic. Even our gift boxes are made with 100% recycled paper and fill. Love the ribbon and string we use for gifts? Also second-hand!
The Circular Economy Recycling Programs
We offer recycling and re-use programs with our brands Muse Self-Care, Molloy's and Eco Pretty. This partnership makes it easy for you to bring back your containers to our store, and the brands sanitize and re-use them to reduce waste.
We also accept donations of gently used fashion and home décor items to help support the circular economy. We accept them any time during our walk-in hours. We also offer a discount on your next purchase as a thank you.
Whether we are shipping the product to you or as inventory to the store, we ensure sustainability at every level of the process. When it comes to shipping our products to you, our packaging is 100% recycled paper. The mailers are even padded with shredded used newspaper. Our packing tape is also a biodegradable paper and natural rubber that is water activated. Our boxes are second-hand from other businesses and we partnered with our neighbors at Encompass Health and Wellness to use their old shipping boxes. So when you receive an order from us you will notice that our boxes don't say Le Prix and look a little different each time. That's not a mistake. We use second-hand boxes to reduce our environmental impact and carbon footprint.
Making Online Orders Sustainable
All our online order deliveries are carbon neutral. We intentionally support other local businesses to make our collective impact greater while also limiting our carbon footprint. Every product we carry goes through a rigorous process of evaluation of the supply chain to ensure sustainability and ethical production.
In terms of delivery we have 2 different tiers. The first tier is considered local delivery using Eco Courier which is accessible to anyone living in the Kitchener/Waterloo area. Eco Courier uses zero emissions because their delivery service uses electric cars.
Our second tier is outside KW and we use conventional shipping methods such as UPS, FedEx or Canada Post.
We carbon offset every online order with Shopify Planet which supports promising companies removing carbon from the atmosphere. We make climate impacts by supporting:
- Carbon neutral shipping
- Remove atmospheric carbon
- Store carbon for 10+ years
- Solutions like reforestation and soil carbon storage
We invest in protecting forests through certified projects and partners.
Receipt + Paper
We champion good jobs and pride Le Prix for being an enriching employer. We pay a living wage and are part of the Better Way Alliance. We value our team and encourage self-love. We even gifted float therapy as a holiday treat to our staff to encourage self-care.
We partnered with the City of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre for thoughtful and interactive conversations on how businesses and individuals are making a difference locally and globally by impacting social, environmental and economic change. We will shared insights into how innovation can be used to solve sustainability challenges; impacting people and planet.