people-powered projects

The people who make our products possible are a pretty big deal. That’s why employees are given full support to drive initiatives that matter to them. Here at home and around the globe, we’re taking action in our stores, in our support centres, in our factories and in our communities to elevate to greatness. We’re making it happen, and we want to inspire others to get involved too.

Cara, one of our Fast Turn designers, uses her creativity to revamp material that needs a facelift

Cara uses her creativity to revamp material that needs a facelift

areas of impact

Materials

Waste

Carbon

When we’re talking about innovation it would be impossible not to mention Cara Sumpton, our Designer of Fast Turn. She has an insanely creative position on the design team, finding design solutions for finished goods and materials that are left over from production. Every style that Cara designs reduces our waste footprint in a big way. Cara has turned thousands of products into new functional designs, such as a Yoga Skirt created entirely out of Groove Pants, a big project that she's especially proud of! Cara’s mantra for sustainability is quality, innovation and beauty — core values she thinks are synonymous with lululemon.

The talented Ashley Belluz works with our training teams every day to help introduce sustainable practices to stores and empower them to make greener decisions in all that they do.



Cara uses her creativity to revamp material that needs a facelift

areas of impact

Materials

When we’re talking about innovation it would be impossible not to mention Cara Sumpton, our Designer of Fast Turn. She has an insanely creative position on the design team, finding design solutions for finished goods and materials that are left over from production. Every style that Cara designs reduces our waste footprint in a big way. Cara has turned thousands of products into new functional designs, such as a Yoga Skirt created entirely out of Groove Pants, a big project that she's especially proud of! Cara’s mantra for sustainability is quality, innovation and beauty — core values she thinks are synonymous with lululemon.

Aviva is currently working on a project to find a more sustainable way to package and protect our product

Aviva is currently working on a project to find a more sustainable way to package and protect our product

areas of impact

Waste

Carbon

As an educator at our Grant Avenue store in San Francisco, Aviva Hicks is currently working on a project to find a more sustainable way to package and protect our product while it is in transit from our distribution centers to our stores. Her goal, in collaboration with our Sustainability team, is to eliminate the use of plastic polybags in the distribution of our product by May 2015. Aviva knows that successfully diverting plastic from landfills would be a small but important step in helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of our product. She is also challenging herself and fellow educators to use more eco-friendly cleaning products, recycle to divert waste, carpool or bike to work, compost and bring personal travel mugs and utensils to do their part at a personal level. Hats off to you Aviva!

Brian in Logistics is working to reduce our shipping footprint

Brian in Logistics is working to reduce our shipping footprint

areas of impact

Transportation

Carbon

Our global inbound logistics specialist, Brian Wehner, is partnering with our Logistics team to develop a new sustainable logistics program, connecting our Distribution Centres via the greenest shipping routes, minimizing carbon emissions while balancing our business needs. We’re continuously monitoring our shipping lanes, mode and frequency to embrace and invest in technologies that not only reduce carbon emissions but also reduce air and sea pollutants. This program expects to be fully implemented in the third quarter of 2013.

In order to do her part, Cassey Innes is partnering with travel suppliers that offer greener options and more efficient aircrafts, hotels, and public transportation options — as well as working with carbon offset programs and reducing non-essential travel.



Brian in Logistics is working to reduce our shipping footprint

areas of impact

Our global inbound logistics specialist, Brian Wehner, is partnering with our Logistics team to develop a new sustainable logistics program, connecting our Distribution Centres via the greenest shipping routes, minimizing carbon emissions while balancing our business needs. We’re continuously monitoring our shipping lanes, mode and frequency to embrace and invest in technologies that not only reduce carbon emissions but also reduce air and sea pollutants. This program expects to be fully implemented in the third quarter of 2013.

Emily is running a pilot program for our stores called “handprinting”

Emily is running a pilot program for our stores called “Handprinting”

areas of impact

Waste

Water

Carbon

Who knew a Master’s student in Environmental Studies and Engineering would end up as a store manager with us in Boston? Emily Dodge sure didn’t until a manager she had as an educator challenged her by asking, “Why don’t you save the world here at lululemon?” She took it to heart and is now running a pilot program for our stores called “Hand-printing,” surveying our store footprint in order to creative positive initiatives to bring it down. She is working with our Sustainability team to set best sustainable practices for all stores in the Boston region and she thinks the sky’s the limit!

Jess and Joel are working to divert 99 percent of the waste at our global Store Support Centre read more

Jess and Joel are working to divert 99 percent of the waste at our global Store Support Centre read more

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Waste

Two of our Brand Experience team members, Jess Reigle and Joel Brideau, are working to divert 99 percent of the waste at our global Store Support Centre. They have been educating us all on best practices with recycling and how this goes hand-in-hand with our individual impact on the planet. After testing last year and collecting feedback, we’re kicking off 2013 with a new recycling company, Urban Impact, and we’re swapping out our bins to keep educating. Through lunch & learns, relevant signage, and information on our internal hub, we’re hoping to make a positive impact by helping each other to make the right choice. It’s a big goal but we can do it!

Bec is getting creative and learning how to invent in-the-moment recycling solutions to damaged product

Bec is getting creative and learning how to invent in-the-moment recycling solutions

areas of impact

Waste

Carbon

Bec Pieper is getting creative and learning how to invent in-the-moment recycling solutions to damaged product. We had our first shipment of damages go through the shredder to be reborn as punching bags! Bec used her resources to find out that it’s cheaper than commercial shredding and incineration to convert to punching bags, and also serves to reduce air pollutants. She’s hoping to make this project’s solution the standard for inventing recycling procedures for damages.

Elizabeth is championing our sustainability efforts at home, starting with our global Store Support Centre

Elizabeth is championing our sustainability efforts at our global Store Support Centre

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Waste

Water

Carbon

By researching and renovating, Elizabeth Henry, our office manager, is championing our sustainability efforts at home, starting with our global Store Support Centre. Elizabeth is constantly looking at procedures and at the building as a whole to see where we can be more sustainable. Small changes like low-flush toilets, low-energy lighting, and waste/recycling management show how the little things in our daily lives can make large impacts when we work together to make change.

Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture

Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture

areas of impact

Waste

Carbon

We’re launching sustainable design principles into our store design process with the help of Camille Johnson. She aims to develop this philosophy so it can be carried through each new store project, elevating the guest experience and minimizing our global environmental footprint. Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture. She is committed to working with construction to develop sustainable methods in managing waste and energy. Having champions like this on our design frontline is inspiring innovation in every department!

Dom Nguyen at our Canadian Distribution Centres crafted a way to save 300 boxes a month by implementing a reusable bin process in order to reduce waste — a small change that saves 3,600 boxes a year!



Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture

areas of impact

We’re launching sustainable design principles into our store design process with the help of Camille Johnson. She aims to develop this philosophy so it can be carried through each new store project, elevating the guest experience and minimizing our global environmental footprint. Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture. She is committed to working with construction to develop sustainable methods in managing waste and energy. Having champions like this on our design frontline is inspiring innovation in every department!

The innovative Yogendra Dandapure is working to reduce our footprint in water and energy consumption in the dye process by experimenting with natural and sustainable alternative fibers.



Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture

areas of impact

We’re launching sustainable design principles into our store design process with the help of Camille Johnson. She aims to develop this philosophy so it can be carried through each new store project, elevating the guest experience and minimizing our global environmental footprint. Camille is creating socially conscious and relevant stores that embrace our culture. She is committed to working with construction to develop sustainable methods in managing waste and energy. Having champions like this on our design frontline is inspiring innovation in every department!