Sunday 15 September 2019

BTs and Arnotts sign climate pact

French President Emmanuel Macron (Michel Spingler/AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron (Michel Spingler/AP)
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

Brown Thomas and Arnotts have signed the G7 Fashion Pact, pledging to improve sustainability standards across the sector.

The pact focuses on action in three areas: stopping global warming, restoring biodiversity and protecting the oceans. Brown Thomas and Arnotts, along with sister companies Selfridges & Co, De Bijenkorf and Holt Renfrew, have joined with 32 other industry players to launch the movement.

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It started when, in April, ahead of the G7 meeting this weekend, French president Emmanuel Macron gave François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of Kering, a mission to bring together the leading players in fashion and textiles, with the aim of setting practical objectives for reducing the environmental impact of the industry.

Among the pact's aims is the elimination of all avoidable single-use plastic packaging, and shifting to low-impact alternatives, by 2020.

Among the Brown Thomas initiatives is a commitment that e-commerce packaging and fillers will be plastic-free, using only recycled paper by the end of the year.

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