Materials

Materials

By July 2024, 100 per cent of cotton, polyester, nylon, cellulose and wool used in our own brand clothing*, towels and bedding will be sourced in compliance with a sustainable standard, from recycled materials, or be from fully traceable and verified sources.

In addition, 100 per cent of leather sourced for our own brand clothing*, footwear and accessories will meet this same commitment.

We are committed to using natural resources responsibly. Population growth, pollution and climate change are leading to increased pressure on the planet’s resources. As a large retailer, we have a responsibility to use natural resources responsibly and source materials in a way that minimises environmental impact.

As part of our sustainable materials strategy, we have identified a number of priority materials for our business, including cotton, polyester, nylon, cellulose, wool and leather. Together, these ammount to approximately 95 per cent of the materials used in our clothing, towels and bedding. In our Apparel business, the (approximate) breakdown in the past year was: cotton 45%, polyester and nylon 28%, cellulose 19%, linen 3%, wool 1% and other 4%. We work with globally recognised and credible sustainability standards including the Better Cotton Initiative, Global Organic Textile Standard, Global Recycled Standard, Responsible Wool Standard and Forrest Stewardship Council

When developing our sustainable materials strategies or choosing which standards to align with, we refer to global expert organisations such as Textile Exchange who have identified ‘preferred fibres and materials’ with improved social and environmental impacts. We also reference the ISEAL Alliance Credibility Principles to assess the credibility of sustainability standards.

As a member of the Textile Exchange, we are also supportive of cross-sector collaboration to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile supply chain.

In this section, some of our commitments focus on our ‘own brand’ products. When we use the term ‘own brand’ we mean the brands we own, which excludes the brands owned by other companies, such as licensed and international brands.

*Excludes footwear, accessories and all functional trims (e.g. zips) and decorative details (e.g. lace or ribbons).

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