Waste Nothing



It’s a bold declaration, but it gives us a big, ambitious goal to aim for. Our goal is to act with sensitivity to planetary boundaries, a scientific framework that defines how human activities can operate within the limits of the Earth’s capacity. This means we must be conscious of how the choices we make impact the world around us.

We’re taking steps towards this goal today by reducing our carbon, waste, and water footprints across our owned operations – including retail stores, offices and distribution centers – and rethinking every step along our value chain, from what we make to where we sell.

Designing for
the future

By 2030, we’re aiming to design all our products following circular economy principles. This means we will design products to be:

  • used more
  • made to be made again
  • made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs

We are also critically assessing the impact of how our pieces travel the world and where they go at the end of their lifecycles.

We are scaling innovations in an effort to ensure our materials are made from safe and recycled or renewable inputs, and our products are made while keeping the environment, land use, and fresh and saltwater resources in mind.

In some areas, we’re on track. Others are a little more challenging. Scroll down to find out more.

How We're doing

We’re making strides towards our ambition to Waste Nothing. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far.

  2025 2030
Targets Produce three million pieces of denim containing post-consumer recycled cotton (with at least one million produced by 2021). Make circular* design our standard for every garment, with linear design requiring a formal opt out.
*Circular as defined in our circular design guidelines.
Each of our regions will enable their consumers to access and enjoy TOMMY HILFIGER products in ways other than buying them new and offer every consumer the opportunity to return used TOMMY HILFIGER clothing for recycling. Phase out the use of virgin oil- based polyester for alternatives with lower environmental impact, sustainably source 100% of our man-made cellulosics, leather and wool, and obtain 40% of our nylon from recycled sources. Establish three collective action projects in Tommy Hilfiger’s most water-stressed sourcing communities. 100% of packaging in our operations and supply chain will be recyclable, reusable or compostable, and our products will be passed to our consumers free of oil based single-use plastic packaging. From 2020 onwards, 50% of our denim pieces will use lower-impact manufacturing in finishes, and by 2025, 50% of our denim pieces will use lower-impact fabrics. Water leaving wet processors will have zero hazardous chemicals and be filtered for harmful microfibers. Tommy Hilfiger offices, warehouses and stores will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025 and we will drive a 30% reduction in our supply chain emissions by 2030. All Tommy Hilfiger offices, distribution centers and stores will achieve zero waste and eliminate single use plastics.
Progress Since 2019, Tommy Hilfiger has made over 10,000,000 denim pieces with at least 20% post-consumer recycled cotton. In 2021, we trained more than 80% of Tommy Hilfiger designers globally on circular design strategies and we are developing roadmaps with specialist partners to further expand this. Since 2020, we have tested and/or piloted circular business models in all regions, including trade-in, resale, repair, rental and rework. We continue to significantly increase the use of more sustainable materials in TOMMY HILFIGER collections, with over 77% of materials sustainably sourced globally in 2022. We have met our target three years ahead of schedule. To date, our parent company PVH Corp. has set up water collective action projects in India, Vietnam, Ethiopia and Turkey. Of our most common packaging type – paper – 92% is FSC-certified. We are increasing our focus on this target in the coming months to ensure all packaging types prioritize recycled and recyclable materials. In 2022, 78% of TOMMY HILFIGER denim pieces in Europe and North America were finished with lower-impact techniques, using less water and energy than is typically used to finish jeans. We work closely with wet processor suppliers to ensure the elimination of hazardous chemicals and microfibers from water leaving our processing facilities. In 2022, 71% of suppliers were MRSL compliant and 50% met Level 1 expectations in the chemicals module of Higg FEM. In 2022, Tommy Hilfiger global operations reached 78% renewable energy coverage through the purchase of certified renewable energy credits and onsite solar adoption in our North American and European facilities. We will continue our efforts in regions where this target requires more attention during the coming years.

In 2021 Tommy Hilfiger’s global supply chain emissions were reduced by 23%* relative to a 2017 baseline. The reductions have been achieved through sourcing from suppliers who meet or exceed our environmental standards, use of environmentally preferred materials, and reduction in airfreight.

* Together with our parent company, PVH Corp., we are continuously working to enhance the accuracy of our GHG footprint. The methodology changes yielded a more accurate emissions footprint and contributed to a decrease in reported impact from prior years, and we will apply these carbon accounting improvements to our baseline data.
At PVH Europe, we carried out operational waste audits to better understand and address our waste footprint.

In 2022, we found that 100% of paper / carton waste at our distribution centers and 94% at retail stores and offices was being recycled. We are working on decreasing the amount of plastic used and increasing the rate of recycling.

Recent Achievements


In 2022, 97% of the cotton used by Tommy Hilfiger globally was sustainably sourced.


In 2022, Tommy Hilfiger reached 78% renewable energy coverage across our global retail operations through the purchase of certified renewable energy credits and onsite solar adoption.

110,792 Lbs

Since 2020, 110,792 pounds of textile has been diverted from landfills through our circular business models, where pre-loved or damaged TOMMY HILFIGER products can be taken back, repaired, resold, recycled or transformed into new items.


In 2022, Tommy Hilfiger became the first fashion company of comparable size in Europe to become brand certified against six standards. Brand certification offers one of the highest levels of on-product transparency in the industry.


The Spring 2023 Tommy X Shawn Classics Reborn capsule collection in partnership with Shawn Mendes featured new sustainable innovations, Recycrom™️ and CIRCULOSE®.

Infinited Fiber Company

In 2022, we launched our first commercial products using Infinited Fiber Company’s regenerated fiber, made from textile waste.

Vintage Designers

TOMMY HILFIGER Japan partnered with local vintage designers to offer a re-worked capsule sold in the flagship Omotesando store.


Through our parent company PVH Corp., since 2021 we have partnered with WWF to train over 130 suppliers and 55 industrial parks on how to better address water risk, and are part of water stewardship programs in India, Turkey, and Vietnam.

Thredup Partnership

We partnered with thredUP to launch a resale program for U.S. consumers to shop pre-owned products and resell items of any brand for TOMMY HILFIGER shopping credit.

Remixed Collection

We launched our first reworked collection in Europe, Tommy Remixed, featuring unique, hand-crafted pieces made from pre-loved and damaged TOMMY HILFIGER and TOMMY JEANS items.  The second Tommy Remixed collection launched in August 2023.

What We've Learned

We’re proud of the progress we’ve made, but we’ve also experienced some setbacks along the way. Our goals of moving to more sustainable packaging solutions and designing all products using circular economy principles are moving more slowly than we had hoped.

There are many reasons for this. Sustainability regulations and requirements are constantly evolving, which makes it tough to plan ahead. Innovation is needed but testing and scaling take time, and the world around us is moving forward at pace.

Through all these challenges, what we’ve learned is that meaningful change takes time. We remain committed to our goal of designing all products using circular economy principles by 2030. There’s a long road ahead of us, but we’re confident in our vision of a future of fashion where we Waste Nothing.

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