Sustainable Clothing Framework
We are collaborating with a third party sustainability consultancy to create a blueprint for sustainable clothing at Arcadia, which will be known as the Sustainable Clothing Framework. Due to be trialled within one of our brands during 2017, it will introduce new sustainability approaches and alternatives to traditional sourcing practices and fibres.
Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
In November 2015 Arcadia became a full member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). We are actively working across our brands to strengthen relationships with cotton suppliers to support our membership aims. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for people, the environment and the industry’s future.
Worldwide chemical compliance
We have an on-going programme to ensure our teams are aware of the EU’s REACH Regulations that ensure the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Hazardous Chemicals. This year we responded to specific requirements in the US, putting in place an international supplier training programme to ensure sourcing is compliant there.
Our menswear brands have been leading the way on recycled wool. As part of a programme to look at sourcing opportunities with more sustainable fibres, they have been utilising recycled wool for outerwear and knitted garments.
The fibres used come from offcuts of other clothing production. Sweaters, for instance, allow for up to 50% of the garment fibre mix to come from these sustainable sources.
There are clear benefits to reducing the impact of wool production, which requires vast amounts of land for grazing sheep as well as energy, water and chemicals to create yarn and fabrics.
TOPSHOP RECLAIM is a standalone collection made entirely from sustainable, surplus material and production off-cuts. Using TOPSHOP’s existing stock of jersey, cotton and denim, the capsule collection gives a new lease of life to fabric remnants and off-cuts, whilst keeping a strong design element, through upcycling discarded material. We continue to challenge textile waste across our product areas, whilst still creating versatile designs that are wardrobe essentials for our customers.
Every year, 120 million trees are logged for fabrics including rayon, viscose, modal and other trademarked textiles. That number is projected to double by 2025 and many of those trees originate from the world’s ancient and endangered forests or controversial sources. Arcadia Group has joined forces with international not-for-profit environmental organisation, Canopy, making robust public commitments to eliminate ancient and endangered forest fibre from our clothing by 2017.