Respect the Environment

Waste Management

Since the launch of the brand in 1980, Ryohin Keikaku has been consistent with its efforts in manufacturing products based on the three principles of Selection of Materials, Streamlining of Processes, and Simplification of Packages. Focusing on true quality, our manufacturing process aims to do the following: to select materials that are best for the global environment and its producers, to eliminate waste in all processes, and to provide customers with products they truly need in its best form.

As steps to further promote such efforts since our founding, and we are conducting initiatives such as eliminating plastic shopping bags, encouraging customers to bring their own bags, and reviewing packaging and display materials.

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.

1 | Objectives

Ryohin Keikaku Group

・Recycling of resources in stores and offices

We promote resource recycling by properly managing and processing the wastes generated from our stores and offices worldwide.
In Japan, products are delivered in returnable containers, which are then reused between stores and distribution centers repeatedly. In about 240 stores (which is 60% of the total number of stores), which are primarily directly managed stores, we have introduced a system to reuse some of our cardboard boxes.

・Efficient use of resources in raw material procurement

To improve our resource efficiency, we promote the use of recycled materials and other materials that improve resource efficiency in the planning of products and in the selection of raw materials to be procured.

・Efficient use of resources in product planning

MUJI was launched in Japan in 1980 as a high-quality product line consisting of a wide selection of clothing, household goods, and food items. By continuously manufacturing durable products, we aim to contribute to the formation of a society where resources are used more efficiently, achieving the simple, pleasant life and society MUJI proposes.

Supply Chain

Since its launch in 1980, MUJI has been engaged in manufacturing, focusing on the three principles of product development: Selection of Materials, Streamlining of Processes, and Simplification of Packages. What is more, to make sure that we are not wasting resources, which has been an essential rule since our inception, we are recyling and reusing some of our products, for example, MUJI's clothes that can no longer be sold due to stains or blemishes, or fabric cutoffs generated in the production process. We are also minimizing wastes by optimizing shipping methods and reusing packaging materials.

Customers

Being a manufacturer and seller of products, we at MUJI are also considering the future of our products as they fulfill their role and function. Some MUJI products that customers have loved for years are collected at our stores. On top of that, we aim to promote recycling and reusing initiatives that eliminate waste and burden by utilizing the wisdom of our predecessors.

2 | Initiatives

Ryohin Keikaku Group

BRING

Textile Recycling

Launched in 2010 as the FUKU-FUKU Project, BRING is a joint corporate initiative that aims to achieve 100% recycling of clothing and fabrics. Through this project, Ryohin Keikaku is geared toward the formation of a recycling-oriented society. Ryohin Keikaku has been involved in this project since it was launched in 2010. Thanks to the many contributors, we collected about 44.2 tons of textile products in FY 2019. These textile products have been recycled into the raw materials for clothes.

ReMUJI

ReMUJI

This is an initiative to recycle products that customers have used for years (part of the collected products) and those products that are deemed unsellable as a result of a glitch during the manufacturing and distribution process. We then re-dye and recycle them into ReMUJI merchandize, giving them a new and unique value. The first sales began in March 2015 at MUJI Tenjin Daimyo. Currently, ReMUJI items are sold regularly at 13 stores throughout Japan.

Abolishment of plastic shopping bags

Abolishment of plastic 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 in consideration of the environment

Reviewing packaging materials and display materials in consideration of the environment

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.

In addition, from February 2020, the material for straws served in Café&Meal MUJI restaurants has been gradually changed from paper straws to straws made of bamboo fiber. Made entirely from natural materials, these straws are 100% degradable in the natural environment and are also more water-resistant than paper straws, thus ensuring that customers can easily drink from them.

Water bottle and water refilling services

Water bottle and water refilling services

As part of our efforts to reduce plastic waste, from Wednesday, July 1, we began selling "self-service water bottles" 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.

Supply Chain

Reclaimed Wool

Reclaimed Wool

We take cutoffs and leftovers from the production process - pieces normally cast off - to spin and reweave into other products. We manually sort the scraps by color in order to eliminate the dyeing process, break them down into batting, and spin. Using non-dyed recycled yarns allows us to offer a simpler look and feel to our products.

Customers

Promotion of My Bag

Promotion of My Bag

MUJI, which advocates for a better relationship between people and nature, is now starting with what it can do to reduce the amount of waste on earth. One such measure is to reduce the number of plastic bags given to customers at the time of purchase.

The global flagship store MUJI GINZA that opened in April 2019, took the lead in stop using plastic shopping bags and has been distributing only paper bags, while also expanding the range of My Bags available for shopping. In this way, we are encouraging our customers to use their own shopping bags instead of plastic bags.

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.

FY2019 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 FY2019 (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020) in accordance with the Law for the Recycling of Specified Kinds of Home Appliances (Home Appliance Recycling Law) has been shown below.

Number of consigned units for recycling specific household equipment waste. *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 34 units 45 units 10,444 units 9,468 units
Number of units recycled 35 units 47 units 10,478 units 9,594 units
Weight of recycled products processed 768kg 832kg 600,490kg 369,482kg
Weight of recycled products 569kg 723kg 483,290kg 345,742kg
Recycling rate (weight ratio) 74% 86% 80% 93%

Actual results of recycling (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

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Name of parts and materials Television
(CRT)
Television
(LCD/plasma)
Refrigerators and freezers Washing machines and clothes dryers
Iron 88kg 347kg 234,844kg 163,214kg
Copper 32kg 7kg 11,421kg 7,507kg
Aluminum 1kg 37kg 7,460kg 7,823kg
Mixtures of non-ferrous and ferrous substances 2kg 2kg 73,079kg 35,105kg
CRT glass 272kg - - -
Other valuable materials 174kg 323kg 156,486kg 132,093kg
Total weight 569kg 713kg 483,290kg 345,742kg