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Recycling, new tech a good fit for Uniqlo

With rising sea levels and climate change, sustainability is becoming a vital part of how companies do their business. Some big brands in Singapore have put sustainability front and centre - and have found that people, planet and profit all go together.

Mr Yuki Yamada, chief executive for Uniqlo Singapore and Malaysia, at the Japanese clothes retailer's flagship outlet in Orchard Central. The company is opening a new store soon, adding to its 28 outlets here.
Mr Yuki Yamada, chief executive for Uniqlo Singapore and Malaysia, at the Japanese clothes retailer's flagship outlet in Orchard Central. The company is opening a new store soon, adding to its 28 outlets here.ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

Japanese clothes retailer Uniqlo is known for its simple designs and colours but it is also undertaking a major initiative to boost sustainability efforts in Singapore and across the group.

One step involves replacing the Singapore stores’ plastic bags with recyclable paper bags from March.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2019, with the headline 'Recycling, new tech a good fit for Uniqlo'. Print Edition | Subscribe