Product innovation Making sustainable fashion the reality

We want to normalise sustainable fashion, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through product innovation. We're constantly pushing the boundaries with our products by expanding the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ product range. Beyond our own products, our engagement with Fashion for Good helps to grow and scale innovations across the industry.

C&A was at the forefront of leading best practices – such as chrome-free leather and phasing out the use of poly-vinyl chloride (PVC) and per- and poly-fluorochemicals (PFCs) – that have since become standard practice. We hope the same will happen with circular fashion, and we are working to help make sure it will.

Read more about chrome-free leather and PVC

 

Our 2018 performance

Finding innovative ways to save water

In Europe, we’ve developed innovative denim collections made with less water. In 2018, we continued our Saving Water Programme, which features waterless finishing for denim production and brought to market over 800,000 pieces for Men and Ladies. A water-saving pilot project in Mexico is ongoing for Men’s, Ladies’, and Kids’ denim products.

Read more about our water footprint

Increasing the use of recycled fibres

Throughout 2018, we sold more than 300,000 recycled polyester pieces in Ladies’, Men’s, and Kids’. All were made with polyester certified to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) or the Recycled Content Standard (RCS), and most of the recycled polyester was made from recycled PET bottles.

 

C&A China began incorporating recycled polyester into clothing in 2017 and 2018. Also in 2018, C&A Brazil identified opportunities to work with recycled cotton and polyester, and with biodegradable polyamide. These will be further investigated for potential implementation in the domestic supply chain in 2019.

Where next?

We will continue evaluating how to expand our Cradle to Cradle Certified™ offerings and products made with recycled fibres, as well as working closely with Fashion for Good and other organisations to support further innovations in the apparel industry.