sustainability Policies

No leather, no fur, no skins, no feathers

We are a vegetarian company and none of our products contain leather, fur, exotics skins or feathers – and none of the glues used in our shoes or bags come from animal origins.

No animal testing

None of our products are tested on animals. COTY produce our fragrances as a licensee of Stella McCartney beauty products. We respect a very strict ethical charter. All our fragrances are vegan friendly, which means that no ingredient is tested on animals or comes from animal origins, including bees.

We stand by our ethics regarding animal testing. That’s why we have chosen not to sell our fragrances in China where government regulations require animal testing. We hope that by promoting these values other fragrance licensees of COTY will follow us and say no to animal testing.

No PVC

In 2008 we began to phase out PVC from our products and since 2010 all Stella McCartney products have been PVC free. In addition to our own products we also ensure that all adidas by Stella McCartney products are PVC free.

  • The Harmful Effects of PVC
    • Greenpeace names PVC (polyvinyl chloride) as the most environmentally damaging of all plastics. Vinyl chloride is used to make most PVC plastic and vinyl products. Short-term exposure to high levels of vinyl chloride in air can result in central nervous system effects, such as dizziness, drowsiness, and headaches in humans. Long-term exposure can result in liver damage and can lead to an increased risk of cancer.¹

No to angora

Following the PETA campaign in 2013, which highlighted the plight of angora rabbits, we decided to stop all future use of angora in Stella McCartney products. All products produced since Fall 2013 have been angora free and will continue to be.

No Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) or azo dyes

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) are banned from use in our production. PFCs are used to make fabrics water repellent but are considered to be harmful for the environment, for reproduction and for aquatic organisms. Azo dyes are banned from use in our supply chain and throughout Europe.

No sandblasting

None of our denim has undergone the process of sandblasting. Sandblasting is a technique used to distress denim to achieve a worn-in look. However, the process of sandblasting has been shown to cause fatal lung diseases in the workers carrying out the process – this is why we have said no to sand blasting. Any distressing that is found on our on denim has been done using methods that are safe for the workers carrying them out.

No cotton from Uzbekistan, Syria or Turkmenistan

None of our cotton comes from Uzbekistan, Syrian, Turkmenistan or from other countries that are considered high risk for child labour or forced labour. We trace the country of origin for all of the cotton that we use and are working to get traceability back to farm level for all of our key cotton supplies. We also use organic cotton whenever possible which promotes better practices in the supply chain and provides a better livelihood to farmers.

No mulesing

We source our wool from a small group of hand-selected farms that have been carefully chosen based on their commitment to animal welfare and environmental stewardship. We do not (and have not) source from farms that allow mulesing.

  • Mulesing
    • Merino sheep are specifically bred to have wrinkled skin, which means more wool per animal. Attracted to the moisture, flies lay eggs in the folds of skin, and the hatched maggots can eat the sheep alive. In order to prevent this condition called “flystrike,” Australian ranchers perform ‘mulesing’ which involves carving huge strips of skin and flesh off the backs of unanesthetized lambs’ legs and around their tails. This is done to cause smooth, scarred skin that won’t harbor fly eggs, yet the bloody wounds often get flystrike before they heal.²

No viscose from ancient and endangered forests

We have confirmed that the viscose and other forest-based fabrics (such as modal) that we use are free from ancient and endangered forests and other controversial sources. Our suppliers have been audited to verify they have the industry leading result of having attained a low risk rating for sourcing from ancient and endangered forests. This is a result of the CanopyStyle Audits, a third-party verification of the world’s largest viscose producers completed by Rainforest Alliance.  These audits represent a major step in transforming the environmental footprint of the rayon/viscose supply chain.  Our suppliers also received the highest ranking in Canopy’s Hot Button Issue.

FSC certified wood, paper and packaging

All of the wood, paper and packaging that we use a business is FSC-certified or from recycled sources. This helps us to ensure that like our viscose, the rest of our forest based materials are also free from ancient and endangered forests.

 


 

¹ Vinyl chloride, United States Environmental Protection Agency

² Mulesing by the Wool Industry, PETA

The Hot Button Issue Report for 2017 – A Ranking of Global Viscose Producers, Canopy Planet

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