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.
Committed To A Clean Future
We signed the Net Zero Challenge Commitment Letter January 2023. Achieving net-zero emissions requires support from all parts of our society, including the private sector. Companies operating in Canada have an essential role to play in helping the country achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. To support Canadian companies in reducing their emissions, the Government of Canada launched the Net-Zero Challenge which Le Prix is part of.
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 and clients 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.
Ecommerce deliveries have a carbon footprint. That's why we support cutting-edge companies that remove carbon from the air.
Together, we have…
- Removed tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere
- Provided carbon-neutral shipping for our worldwide shipping
Here's how it works: For every order we receive, a formula is used to calculate the estimated shipping emissions. Based on those estimates, a portion of our revenue goes to carbon removal companies that have been vetted by scientists from Carbon Direct. Those companies use that money to remove however much carbon our shipments created. Any extra funds go toward the further development of carbon removal technologies.
Let's meet a few of the companies removing carbon from the sky.
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 use conventional shipping methods and pay to carbon offset these deliveries such as UPS, FedEx or Canada Post.
Receipt + Paper
We exclusively use LED lightbulbs which help with energy efficiency, longer lifespan meaning less e-waste, no heat emissions for Summer requiring additional cooling, and improved environmental performance at the end of life not requiring chemical special handling like fluorescent lighting and mercury vapor lights. We even retrofitted our exterior light up sign in 2022 to LEDs to reduce our carbon footprint.
We champion good jobs and pride Le Prix for being an enriching employer. We 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.
Collaborations & Community Partnerships
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.