Compared to the previous year, this corresponds to an increase of approximately 8%. The increase in waste volume is due, among other things, to higher product demand and a related increase in packaging volume.
We use optimized processes to reduce waste produced. This is particularly relevant at our own production sites. We use intelligent cutting programs, for example, that calculate the best possible distribution of product components across the fabric, to waste as little as possible. The optimization at our own production site in Izmir was so successful that in 2017, the location was able to reduce consumption by 155,000 meters of fabric and trimmings compared to the previous year.
We also aim to reuse and recycle materials wherever possible. In 2018, the HUGO BOSS logistics centers, for example, reused around 1.1 million cardboard boxes.
The recycling rate within the Group, including retail, was 64% overall in 2018.