At ANN INC., we recognize that part of reducing our environmental impact is making better decisions when sourcing our materials. Our associates are aware of the environmental impacts of their business decisions and have started to incorporate more sustainable materials wherever possible, including in our marketing paper and new store designs.

We have a policy that outlines preferred materials and practices for our Procurement teams to use when making purchasing decisions. These include guidelines and best practices, and are updated on an ongoing basis.
ANN INC. has eliminated the use of plastic shopping bags, and provides shopping bags at our stores made with between 40-80% post consumer waste (PCW).
As part of our efforts to increase our sustainable procurement activities, we have taken a closer look at the paper used for direct mail marketing to our clients. We now only source Forest Stewardship Council® certified paper for our marketing products and strive to include post consumer waste in their content. The LOFT and Lou & Grey brands have replaced their PVC gift and merchandise return cards with a sustainable paper-based substrate.
We have moved away from vinyl marketing displays in the majority of our stores, and now primarily use fabric or recyclable card stock wherever possible.
New Store
At our prototype stores, we continue to test more sustainable materials and procurement practices. We are excited about our innovative new features, low VOC flooring, low-E glass windows and recycled content in our ceiling tiles (where possible). We also use reusable barricades when building or renovating our stores, rather than traditional sheet rock. This will avoid up to one ton of solid waste per store that is renovated. We will continue to look for more sustainable materials to include in all new store projects and designs.
We use more sustainable cleaning supplies at our stores. These new supplies use less harmful chemicals and significantly reduce the amount of plastic waste we generate.