Who doesn’t love Marshalls and/or T.J. Maxx?
I love going there. They have everything I like. You can find clothes, beauty products, fragrances, home decor, kitchen supplies, cute notebooks, shoes, bags, etcetera. I feel like everything seems to be handpicked for me😍 But since I learned about sustainable fashion, cruelty-free products, organic products, and all that good stuff, I decided to do a mini research on them to see if they offer these kinds of products.
Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are chains of American department stores, both owned by TJX Companies.
These companies are off-price retailers, which means that they provide high-quality products at low prices. These are different than outlet stores; outlet stores usually just sell products from one brand. Marshalls and T.J. Maxx sell products from many different brands but they offer a 20% to 60% price below the regular prices.
As a conscious shopper, you should ask yourself: where do these low prices come from?
The way they do it is by taking advantage of different opportunities when buying from the different vendors. They buy when there are department store cancellations, or when a manufacturer made too much of a product, or when a vendor wants to get rid of its merchandise at the end of a season. However, some of their merchandise is specially manufactured for them.
Now, here comes the good part:
Besides buying merchandise from brand names and designer labels, they buy from small boutiques and businesses.
Hence, they support small businesses and surprisingly, I have found some cruelty-free, organic, and ethical products. Meaning, they support the businesses that we care about. Obviously, YOU STILL HAVE TO BE CAREFUL. I’m not saying that all products at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are cruelty-free, organic, and ethical, but some of they are. They have different products all the time, sometimes they are not consistent with their products so you should take advantage of the low prices to try new products.
Check my Learn Labeling on Cosmetic Products: Start Buying More Consciously! post to make your shopping experience easier.
Another point for the TJX Companies is that they care about their community and the environment.
From time to time, they have in-store fundraising programs and they also support community events.
The TJX Companies have raised funds for different charitable organizations, such as the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and St. Judes Research Hospital.
Marshalls has supported the JDRF for 21 years with donations of over $25 million to support their research to find a cure for diabetes.
Marshalls has supported the annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign since 2005. What they do is that in November, they ask customers to donate $1 to St. Jude. They have helped raise over $6 million for their research to find a cure for cancer and other diseases and to treat children with these diseases.
The TJX Companies have environmental responsibility.
The TJX Companies have expanded over the last few years. In 2016, they had nearly 200 stores. They know that expanding means an increase in their environmental footprint.
So, they have committed themselves to environmental sustainability by reducing their environmental impacts.
Among their initiatives, they have reduced their use of electricity and natural gas (which represents production of greenhouse gases) and they make use of renewable energy sources. They also have reduced their fuel consumption that once again represents production of greenhouse gases. When constructing, they aim for green building and they have also reduced their waste, they reuse when they can, and if not they recycle.
“SEEING IS BELIEVING”, Right?
Luckily, they are measuring and reporting their initiatives so they can win our trust. They stated a goal to reduce their greenhouse gases emissions per dollar of revenue by 30% by 2020. They have been working on measuring and revealing their environmental data through a CDP response (Carbon Disclosure Project). Also, they work in liaison with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to understand and communicate their corporate responsibilities.
Their measurements from 2012 to 2016 are the following:
In 2016, they revised their GreenHouse Gases inventory calculation process to include both market-based and location-based emissions factors, following the revised GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance.
Bottom line: Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are trying to help the environment. You can definitely find eco-friendly, cruelty-free, organic, and ethical products if you look around. Check out my Skin Care Products Review – I found these at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx to see what kind of products you can find there. 😘