Sustainability

‘Sustainability Is Our Business Plan,’ Selfridges Vows

Ratcheting up its sustainability commitments, Selfridges is unfurling a two-month campaign involving repair, rental and resale services — and setting steep commitments for all its vendors regarding eco-friendly materials.

“Sustainability is our business plan, with five-year commitments,” said Anne Pitcher, group managing director, unveiling the British retailer’s Project Earth initiative during a webcast last week.

Forecasting “a tough year ahead,” Pitcher stressed the need to “provide new experiences and new conversations” for its customers as they emerge from coronavirus lockdowns with stronger convictions about mindful consumption, and heightened concerns about the environment.

The executive said Selfridges is “putting people and planet at the heart of our thinking,” which will “transform the way we do business and the way we shop over the next five years.”

The retailer plans to make it easier for customers to shop responsibly with a new destination called “The Organic Cotton Shop,” plus labeling detailing the

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Amber Valletta Opens Online Sustainability Panel

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GREEN MACHINE: Sustainable development was the theme of a Fashion Matters talk featured on the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode’s online Men’s Fashion Week platform on Saturday in partnership with television network Canal+.

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought a short halt in overconsumption and manufacturing for many individuals and businesses, providing us with a glimpse of how quickly our planet could heal, if we were to care better and live in a more responsible way,” said presenter Camille Charrière.

The panel was made up of Agnès B. designer Agnès Troublé, Germanier’s Kevin Germanier, Officine Générale’s Pierre Mahéo and Pascaline Wilhelm, fashion director at Première Vision. Model and eco campaigner Amber Valletta opened the session.

Troublé, a pioneer when it comes to sustainability in fashion, summed up her vision: “Respect, respect of people, respect of customers, respect of the people I

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