Mend, Upcycle, Recycle: Doing Good In Store

Audrey Miranda | Assistant Director of Marketing April 22nd, 2024

Since 1970, Earth Day (April 22) and Earth Month (April) have evolved into a time for thinking about environmental awareness and being a catalyst for change. We are championing earth-conscious brands, circularity initiatives, and more! At Galleria Dallas, we strive to be stewards of sustainability across the center by collaborating at all levels. Our Green Initiative involves making smart decisions that protect people and places. Galleria Dallas is proudly an IREM Certified Sustainable Property.

Our retailers have put programs in place to make going green a little more convenient. The most impactful way to make a difference is to be active in our efforts.


Nordstrom Cares is the overarching program hosted by the retailer that oversees their Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives, including Nordstrom for Good, a program that qualifies pieces and brands based on their criteria.

One way to extend the life of your clothing is through repair and alterations. Did you know that Nordstrom is the largest employer of tailors in North America? Bring your pieces in to fix a zipper, close popped seams, mend holes, and more. You can make an in-store appointment here.

85% of garments end up in landfills or incinerators, and only 1% is recycled. An easy way to reduce the environmental impact of fashion is to keep clothing in use for longer—whether it's in your closet or someone else's. Donating is always in style! Part of Nordstrom’s commitment to circularity is to help customers donate 250 tons of used clothing and accessories by 2025. Nordstrom’s partnership with Give Back Box, allows you to donate your clothing via mail.

Nordstrom’s promise to help shoppers move toward a zero-waste beauty routine lead to the implementation of BEAUTYCYCLE collection bins in stores. Nordstrom accepts a wide variety of empty beauty containers that will be recycled for eventual reuse. The collection bin can be found on Level 1, in the beauty department, and accepts empties for hair care, skin care, makeup and more. View the full list of accepted items.


The beauty and wellness industry produces 120 billion packages every year, most of which aren’t accepted through traditional recycling programs. Like BEAUTYCYCLE, the Beauty (Re)Purposed Program at Sephora gives your finished beauty containers a second life. This program is in partnership with Pact Collective, a nonprofit working towards more circular solutions for beauty. The drop box can be found at the front of their store, on Level 1. View the full list of accepted items.


Mango’s sustainability model is aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to concerted efforts to source sustainable materials, Mango is focused on extending product life through circularity – thinking about their next life by being selective in choosing longer lasting materials and offering a way to donated pre-loved items. Their goal is that 100% of their garments are designed with circularity criteria by 2030.  Mango is committed to offering its customers the possibility of giving their garments a second life. Recycling Box containers can currently be found in 100% of Mango's own stores in 18 countries. The drop box is located behind the checkout counter inside the Galleria Dallas store.


As part of their social and environmental commitments, Zara wants to help you lengthen the life of your garments, so they have developed a used clothing donation program. In collaboration with local non-profit organizations, Zara collects garments that are not being used anymore and gives them a second life. You are able to deposit clothes, footwear, and accessories into a container found at their store, just inside their front doors, near women’s apparel on Level 1.


H&M reopens next month, with the addition of H&M Home, and we can’t wait to explore their new space. Within the space, there will an opportunity to help close the loop. Their Garment Collecting program, rolled out globally in 2013, is the world’s biggest of its kind. Bring any unwanted clothes or textiles, by any brand and in any condition, to their store on Level 2. Hand in your old clothes at the register and receive a thank-you coupon to use toward your next purchase. Donated items are sorted into three categories: rewear, reuse or recycle. Rewear items are wearable clothes that are marketed secondhand. Reuse items are not suitable for rewear and are turned into other products. Finally, recycle items are shredded into textile fibers and used to make a variety of materials.


Even seemingly small actions can have a significant impact! One such area that often goes unnoticed is the environmental impact of jewelry repair. Just like the mending of clothing can help extend an item’s life and increase its usability, the same is true for jewelry. Fast Fix offers jewelry and watch repair, watch band adjustment and battery replacement, ring sizing, and more on Level 3, near JD Sports. Fast Fix also offers Jewelry Appraisal if you’re looking to give your piece a second life with another owner.


Apple makes it easy for you to be easier on the planet! You may be done with your devices, but chances are they still have more to give. You can protect the earth’s resources and help Apple get closer to making every product with only recycled and renewable materials. Depending on the device, you can trade it in and get credit toward your next purchase. Or if it’s not eligible, Apple will recycle it for free. Bring your device into Apple, on Level 1. A specialist will inspect your device and give you an exact value on the spot or recycle it for you.