Corporate offices and distribution centers use a lot of paper. So every year through our Clean & Green Week Initiative, we tackle paper recycling on a huge scale across our corporate and distribution locations. We encourage AEO associates to clean-up documents, files, and records that exceed the Retention Schedule, and which clutter our workspaces or occupy valuable electronic storage space and bog-down our AEO network.

Distribution center recycling

We use cardboard boxes at our distribution centers to store and ship merchandise to our stores, so we’re working to reduce our footprint through cardboard recycling and reuse. Our distribution center in Ottawa, Kansas, has significantly reduced purchasing of new corrugated boxes—from 2.359 million new boxes in 2013 to just 888,000 in 2016—by reusing or purchasing used boxes that would otherwise have gone to a landfill. This isn’t just good for the environment, we’re also saving money—about $580,000 in 2014 and $650,000 in 2015.