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The Best Examples of Sustainable Retail Design
The driving force behind Levi’s ‘Haus’ concept is the brand’s mission to encourage its customers to develop more sustainable consumption habits. Based in London, the Haus focuses centrally on the lifespans of garments and provides a range of services designed to help us keep wearing our Levi’s jeans or jackets for longer.
The space also taps into our love of exclusivity and limited edition offers by selling a new range of items that are made entirely using recycled Levi’s fabrics.
To reinforce the message it wants to send shoppers, Levi’s has carefully planned the interior of the store. It uses LED lighting elements which are optimised to replicate the appearance of natural sunlight and make the space feel lighter, airier and more organic. It also makes excellent use of clean, calming colours such as pale timber and pastels which builds this aesthetic further.
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International fashion retailer, H&M, is pioneering a new retail experience in its homeland, Stockholm, that has been imagined based on the company’s social and environmental values. The Singular Society explores a concept which is not commonplace amongst high-street brands – a space in which customers sign up to pay a subscription-like fee in return for the ability to purchase a set number of items each month.
The space aims to offer an ultra-exclusive selection of high-quality products that are produced with a strong emphasis on sustainably-sourced materials and responsible manufacturing processes whilst making a stand against the industry-wide problems of overconsumption and waste.
We love how the use of organic materials, neutral colours and warm LED lighting creates an understated yet sleek atmosphere inside the store and aligns with the environmental mission of the concept itself.
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Back in 2001, the world’s largest chain of coffee shops embarked upon a mission to work alongside the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on the development of the ‘LEED for Retail’ initiative – a scheme that aims to reimagine retail design in ways that minimise environmental impacts and operating costs.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is granted when the construction and interior design methods chosen for the development of a retail space are conducive to reducing the amount of waste produced, enabling the repurposing and recycling of materials as well as lowering energy usage.
By specifying the use of technologies such as ultra-efficient LED lighting, Starbucks has ensured that its LEED® stores use 30% less energy compared with those built using more traditional processes.
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In 2019, the king of flatpack furniture opened its most sustainable store to date. The full-size department store in London proves that even large retail spaces can be built in an eco-friendly manner. It employs renewable construction materials and features a wide range of green technologies including a rooftop wildlife garden, geothermal heating, solar panels and LED lighting.
To educate its customers on the ways in which IKEA can help them make their homes more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly, the store has informative displays and signage throughout that explain the benefits of particular materials, technologies and lifestyle choices.
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Pret A Manger
Another coffee shop that caught our attention for its sustainability initiatives is Pret A Manger. Its new ‘Veggie Pret’ retail format which was first implemented in Shoreditch, London is a hive of well-considered design features, all of which serve the company’s aim to operate more responsibly and appeal to the demographic of hipster eco-warriors that live and work in the local area.
The interior of the store has been fitted using recycled plastics, recycled ceramic tiles, eco-friendly paints, upcycled marine waste and intelligent MEP solutions to save energy. Just like with H&M’s ‘Singular Society’ concept, we love that the design theme of the space includes a lot of earthy colours and makes use of efficient lighting systems to enhance the natural sunlight.
Image source: Retail Week