SWEDEN: H&M to ban PFCs from supply chain
Fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz today (4 August) said it will ban the use of a chemical which creates water repellent effects as part of its efforts to reduce the use of hazardous substances.
The ban will mean that all orders after 1 January 2013 will be produced without Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs). PFCs are used to make products water repellent and are mostly used on outwear garments, as well as shower curtains and tents.
PFCs are harmful for the environment, for reproduction and aquatic organisms, H&M said.
The retailer has been working since 1995 to reduce the use and impact of hazardous chemicals in its supply chain, adding that it carried out more than 30,000 chemical tests during 2011.
H&M is part of AFIRM, an international team of leading companies within the textile and footwear industries working to educate suppliers on how to achieve good chemical management.
H&M is also one of a group of leading brands and retailers - Adidas, C&A, Li Ning, Nike and Puma - who have agreed to work together to achieve the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020.
In April, the fashion firm committed to buying all of its cotton from more sustainable sources by 2020. Sources will include Better Cotton, organic cotton and recycled cotton.
An interactive databank with intelligence on the major apparel sourcing countries
Teen clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has confirmed plans to close up to 50 stores in the US this year as it revealed a downbeat forecast for the first quarter. ...
Kelheim Fibres has developed what it claims to be the first viscose fibre with intrinsic water repellent properties. ...
Italy's first serial measurement survey using 3D scanners is underway, with the goal of optimising the size and fit of clothing....
The most read stories on just-style this week include a look at the challenges Burma faces in becoming a competitive sourcing destination, Under Armour filing a trademark infringement lawsuit against ...
Outdoor apparel specialist Patagonia has launched a limited edition parka - claimed as "the first of its kind" and retailing at US$699....
International fashion retailer C&A has started an in-depth fire safety audit at all of its suppliers in Bangladesh, after 112 workers lost their lives in a fire last year at the Tazreen Fashion factor...
- Why have US FTA imports fallen to a record low?
- Collaboration key to the future of smart textiles
- First figures show Bangladesh exports climb
- Synergies Worldwide CEO unravels sourcing shifts
- Rana Plaza three years on – Timeline of change
- Hanesbrands to buy Pacific Brands for $800m
- Timberland sets new eco-preferred standards
- BHS receives "expressions of interest"
- New loan deal to help upgrade Bangladesh factories
- Lindex planning supplier sustainability scorecard