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Stella McCartney: Sustainability Report 2023

Stella McCartneya pioneering fashion industry sustainability designer, recently embarked on a transformative journey with her eponymous brand, moving away from an Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) strategy after a decade of using natural capital accounting methods. This change marks a significant pivot in the way the brand assesses its impact on the environment.

The brand, founded in 2001, favors ethical practices without compromising luxury or quality. By eschewing traditional leather, fur, skins and feathers in favor of cruelty-free materials, McCartney consistently sets benchmarks within an industry often criticized for its environmental footprint. Here is a summary of its sustainability report for the past year.

New materials such as regenerative cotton and Econyl

Working with partners such as SÖKTAŞ for regenerative cotton and launching take-back programs for products such as the ECONYL® Close-the-Loop parka, Stella McCartney continues to innovate, generating a positive impact on the fashion industry.

Concrete commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

In line with numerous ethical initiatives and commitments, McCartney’s sustainability roadmap is complex. From membership of the Commerce Éthique (ETI) at the signing of the UNFCCC Fashion Charter for Climate Action and affiliations with organizations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Textile Exchange, the brand has made concrete commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable materials and eliminate virgin plastic packaging.

Recognizing the profound environmental impact of fashion supply chains, McCartney’s commitment to achieving zero net emissions in Scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 2040 is testament to the brand’s determination to combat climate change.

Regenerative sourcing practices are at the heart of McCartney’s strategy, emphasizing a positive approach to nature that rebuilds ecosystems, captures carbon and supports local communities. The brand’s collaboration with, integrating blockchain technology and advancing regenerative farming practices, demonstrates a commitment to sustainable innovation.

Lower water consumption

Water scarcity and pollution pose major challenges for the fashion industry. McCartney’s proactive approach involves reducing water consumption, working with suppliers for sustainable alternatives and using innovative materials such as MIRUM® to minimize environmental impact.

Vegan leather, recycled polyester and regenerated nylon

Material innovation remains a mainstay, with McCartney exploring alternatives such as grape-based vegan leather and advocating recycled polyester and regenerated nylon. The brand’s focus on responsible selection, circularity and reducing the environmental impact of clothing choices underlines its commitment to sustainability.

Against modern slavery

Beyond environmental initiatives, McCartney’s ethical approach extends to labor standards and human rights within its supply chain. The brand’s commitment to eradicating modern slavery, promoting good labor standards and supporting community projects illustrates a global commitment to social responsibility.

Through strategic collaborations, innovative material exploration and a steadfast commitment to ethical principles, Stella McCartney continues to shape the fashion industry as a benchmark brand for sustainability.

Photo Credit : Stella McCarney

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