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C&A Partners with Canopy to Protect Ancient and Endangered Forests

Fashion Retailer Commits to Sustainable Sourcing and Packaging Solutions

C&A, a global clothing retailer, announced a significant step towards environmental sustainability by joining Canopy’s Pack4Good initiative. This partnership signifies C&A’s commitment to protecting ancient and endangered forests by eliminating their use in its paper, packaging, and regenerated cellulose fibers (rayon, viscose, lyocell, modal) by 2025.

“Packaging is crucial to our business. We have been proud partner of Canopy’s environmental movement and by joining Pack4Good we are taking a stand against sourcing wood-based materials from ancient and endangered forests”

Minette Bellingan, Chief Operating Officer at C&A.

C&A’s new policy outlines a comprehensive approach to achieving this goal. Here are some key highlights:

  • Prioritizing Recycled and Certified Materials: C&A will exclusively use recycled and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified pulp and paper. FSC certification ensures responsible forest management practices.
  • Collaboration for Innovation: The company will work closely with Canopy and other innovative businesses to develop next-generation solutions and alternative fibers with a lower environmental footprint.
  • Focus on Reduction and Reuse: C&A recognizes the importance of minimizing packaging usage. They plan to develop a reduction and reuse strategy for paper and packaging products, exploring options like reusable shipping boxes and digital communication channels.
  • Responsible Fabric Choices: C&A will ensure its regenerated cellulose fibers do not originate from ancient and endangered forests. They require suppliers to undergo independent audits and source from responsible producers.
  • Transparency and Progress Tracking: C&A is committed to transparent communication. They will set clear targets and timelines for achieving their sustainability goals and report publicly on their progress.

C&A’s partnership with Canopy is a significant development in the fight to protect our planet’s most precious ecosystems. Ancient and endangered forests play a vital role in biodiversity, climate regulation, and the well-being of Indigenous communities. By eliminating their use in its supply chain, C&A is setting a positive example for the fashion industry.

Canopy’s Pack4Good Initiative

Canopy is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting forests, especially ancient and endangered ones. Their Pack4Good initiative specifically targets the fashion industry’s paper and packaging practices. By partnering with Canopy, C&A gains access to valuable resources and expertise to achieve its sustainability goals.

The Importance of Sustainable Fashion

The fashion industry has a significant environmental impact. Production processes often rely on unsustainable practices like deforestation and resource depletion. C&A’s commitment to sustainable sourcing and packaging solutions demonstrates a growing trend within the fashion industry towards greater environmental responsibility.

Looking Forward

C&A’s new policy is a commendable step towards a more sustainable future for the fashion industry. Their commitment to protecting ancient and endangered forests, promoting innovation, and prioritizing responsible sourcing paves the way for a more environmentally conscious approach to business. By following C&A’s lead, other fashion brands can play a crucial role in protecting our planet’s precious resources.

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