H&M has committed to ensure that by 2017 its fabrics are not coming from ancient and endangered forests. The company, along with the environmental organization Canopy will put a plan in place by June to avoid sourcing fabrics from endangered forests and promote the use of fabrics that come from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified plantations, or FSC certified forest found outside endangered and ancient forests.
The company will focus on building traceable and sustainable production of these fabrics in its own supply chain, as well as shifting the whole global man-made fiber supply chain, it said.
H&M encourages the development of alternate fibers sources for man-made cellulosic fabrics that reduce environmental and social impacts, such as agricultural residues and recycled fabrics, in consistent with its other sustainability initiatives.
The company said it will use its influence to support long-term conservation solutions for rainforests, ancient and endangered forests globally with a focus on Indonesia’s Rainforests, Coastal Temperate Rainforests of North America, Canada and Russia’s Boreal Forests, and Rainforests in Africa and South America.
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