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Environmental Impacts

Sustainable Clothing Action Plan

We have renewed our commitment to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) and its 2020 targets this year. SCAP’s ambition is to improve the sustainability of clothing across its lifecycle. It brings together the clothing industry, government and other stakeholders to take action to reduce their carbon, water and waste footprint, along with providing support, tools and guidance.

SCAP have officially partnered with MADE-BY, a European not-for-profit organisation with a mission to improve environmental and social conditions within the fashion industry. We will be working with MADE-BY under our commitment to help SCAP reach its 2020 goals.

Better Cotton Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the industry’s future by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.

Arcadia is a full member of BCI, we are making good progress towards our 2020 target to source 20% of our cotton as Better Cotton.

Worldwide chemical compliance

We have an on-going programme in our brand product teams to embed an understanding of our global chemical compliance requirements into their key competencies.

This year we have developed focused internal team training on chemicals and the testing methods used to identify them. We have also increased the external training given to our suppliers with the support of our laboratory partners.

Sustainable fabrics

Our brands have supported projects that explore the sustainability of fabrics, including recycled wool, up-cycling surplus and off-cut materials. We are currently exploring new projects that focus on sustainable materials.


Every year, 150 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 most ancient and endangered forests or controversial sources. At a time when keeping carbon-rich forests standing is a key strategy in mitigating the growing impacts of climate change, we have joined forces with international not-for-profit environmental organisation Canopy to address this rapidly emerging threat to forest ecosystems.

We are committed to sourcing viscose fabrics that are free of endangered forests and other controversial sources to supporting Canopy’s work to secure large-scale forest conservation and catalyse the next generation of fabrics. Any remaining tree fibre used shall be from non-ancient and endangered forests and FSC certified.

More specifically we aim to:

Use CanopyStyle Audits to work with our suppliers to meet our policy commitments.

Procure only from producers with a green shirt ranking in the Hot Button Report by 2020.

Support conservation solutions in critical global forests including tropical rainforests, such as Indonesia and the Amazon, coastal temperate rainforests and boreal forests.