C&A Europe has launched a new down puffer jacket collection, the company’s first such collection that was produced with sustainability in mind and certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The exciting new collection strengthens C&A’s public commitment to the responsible sourcing of down and feathers. From fall 2016 onwards, all of the down and feathers in C&A’s products will be RDS-certified. The new range will be available in all C&A stores throughout Europe and online.
In pursuit of sourcing 100% of their cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020, C&A has received the Best Starter Award from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). In the fourth quarter of 2015, C&A purchased roughly 3000 tonnes of BCI cotton, making C&A the fastest starter of the 17 new BCI brands. It also lifts C&A to the top-10 tier of buyers, from among the 62 BCI-member brands.
As the latest official member, C&A has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) network in accelerating the transition to a circular economy. “We see our membership as an important next step in our commitment towards a circular business model in the apparel industry,” says Jeffrey Hogue, Chief Sustainability Officer at C&A Global. “As a global leader in the fashion industry, we embrace the complex challenges in moving away from the linear ‘make, use and dispose’ economic model to one with resources in continuous flows.”
C&A was recognized as the world’s largest user of organic cotton in the 2016 Textile Exchange Organic Cotton Market Report. C&A has thus been awarded first place every year since 2012 in the category “Top 10 Users of organic cotton by Volume”. But it’s not only about cotton – C&A was also ranked number five in purchases of certified down and number ten in Lyocell (a fiber made from wood pulp) in the 2016 Textile Exchange Preferred Fiber & Materials Market Report.
The Sustainable Cotton Ranking report has been published. This is a report by Rank a Brand assigned by WWF, Solidaridad and Pesticide Action Network UK, reviewing 37 fashion brands on their performance related to sustainable cotton.