Seventeen major food retailers and brand manufacturers are joining forces to combat deforestation caused by the production of palm oil, soya and wood pulp. "Forest protection is an engine for economic growth, not a sacrifice to growth."
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Uniqlo launches a circular clothing line: the Japanese fashion chain collects worn items and turns them into new clothes. First up: the down jackets the brand is famous for.
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Ikea is to open a second-hand store, where only used and refurbished furniture from the home interior chain is sold. The new store concept is intended to help the Swedish retailer with its sustainability ambitions.
Ikea is ready for a "green recovery" after the Covid-19 crisis. The CEO of Ikea Belgium has written an open letter, calling for cooperation and "sustainability as a fully-fledged business model". He demands that recovery plans take into account the climate crisis as well.
Cos, part of the H&M Group, is launching its own second-hand platform called Resell, where customers can sell and buy clothes by COS. The platform is both a way towards 100 % sustainability, and a business opportunity.
Food in supermarkets is too cheap: a message that you would expect from farmers or fairtrade organisations, but this time it comes from German discounter Penny. A lot of food products would cost twice as much if the damage to the environment is included, and the retailer therefore doubles some of its prices.
Swedish oatmeal producer Oatly is being criticised because the company has received capital from the controversial Blackstone Group, an investment company with ties to Donald Trump that is said to contribute to the deforestation of the rain forest. Consumers are calling for a boycott.
British Selfridges feels the pressure of changing behaviour in post-Covid consumers to focus on sustainability. The chain introduces clothing rental and repair as well as trials in the food sector, such as growing its own vegetables.
Aldi calls on its suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint. Aldi Nord has published its third sustainability report, and raised its climate targets at the same time.
Amazon is putting two billion dollars in a climate fund that the retailer plans to use for investing in 'clean' technologies. In doing so, the e-commerce giant wants to offset its huge ecological footprint, which appears difficult to reduce.
In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint by a third in the next ten years, Lidl Belgium will send climate advisers to its most important suppliers.
For the first time, Gucci has launched a fully sustainable collection: the 'Off The Grid' collection uses ecologically sustainable raw materials, production processes and a 'responsible' advertising campaign.
Unilever wants to make its entire production emission-free by 2039, and will donate a billion euros to a new climate fund.
By 2030, the Carrefour group aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of the products it sells in its stores by 30%. The focus is on vegetable alternatives, local products and sustainable packaging.
Zalando is going to introduce a sustainability test for partners. Those who fail on areas like carbon emissions or ethical standards, will be removed from the platform.
Gucci wants to focus on just two collections per year. By abandoning anything in between, the Kering subsidiary joins a growing list of major names in fashion, who want to make the fashion industry more sustainable after the coronavirus crisis.