Chemicals are used in our products during their development and manufacture and whilst the majority of chemicals are harmless to humans and the environment, safety is a key concern. NEXT Restricted Substance Standards (RSS) have been developed and are regularly updated from:
- Legal standards
- Recommendations by industry experts
- Pressure group focus
- Customer feedback
We are rolling out our Chemical Management Standards programme aimed at suppliers’ further back in our supply chain such as fabric mills and laundries. Our aim through this programme is to help educate suppliers to be able to reduce and eliminate the discharge of chemicals from their production processes wherever possible. The key principles of the programme are clean chemistry, transparency, traceability and trust.
We are committed to ensuring that the products we sell are safe to use, have been made in a safe environment and are fit for purpose. In particular, we are committed to ensuring that children are safe when wearing or using our products. Our Childrenswear division focuses on safety throughout all stages of development and production. Our safety standards are based on the highest legal European standards and often go further than the law demands.
NEXT does not source any raw materials directly, but we are committed to working with our suppliers to help them understand the importance of responsible sourcing as their production or harvesting can have a significant impact on people and cause damage to environments if not managed correctly. We are working to increase the traceability of the key raw materials we use and are also working towards sourcing them responsibly.
When our customers purchase a mattress from NEXT, many have an old mattress they no longer need. Mattresses can be difficult to dispose of responsibly so we introduced a service where we could collect and recycle their old mattress when their new one was being delivered. We work with a specialist recycling provider whose priority is to recycle old mattresses rather than send to landfill. During the year we collected and were able to recycle over 4,000 mattresses diverting them all from landfill.