Sustainability Bulletin

H&M's new B2B service Treadler

Treadler is the name of H&M Groups' new initiative to enable external companies to access the retailer's global supply chain and assist with product design and development. This will benefit clients as they can learn from H&M Group's expertise, long-term supplier partnerships and the company's strategic sustainability work.

For both competitor and non-competitor brands, this will help overcome initial problems or issues they may experience while trying to implement sustainable changes into their business model. Depending on the client's need, Treadler will tailor a supply chain strategy to implement responsible and ethical production in an efficient way.

Collaboration is not a new concept for H&M and the company's website says, "we believe that the best way forward is through partnerships, knowledge sharing, and transparency." This example shows H&M's commitment to sustainability and its importance in the fashion industry.

WRAP's new fund for businesses working with textile waste

Waste advisory body WRAP has launched a £1.5m grant to support projects that are trying to innovate ways of textile waste to be recycled or reused, with the aim to decrease the build-up of material waste thrown into landfills or incinerators. It will also address the need for increased capacity, sorting, handling and reprocessing textiles from municipal sources.

The money is part of Defra's Resource Action Fund and will enable grants of £20,000 to £170,000 to provide technology and equipment for both commercial and non-profit organisations.

"Successful projects will need to demonstrate innovation beyond normal practice and will be assessed against a number of criteria," says the company's website.

Responsible Edit curated by Matches Fashion

Matches Fashion has introduced the Responsible Edit in partnership with Eco-Age, a tailored edit of partner brands at the forefront of responsible design and innovation for the industry.

The edit is divided into four pillars: Artisans, People, Charity and Materials, to distinguish the different areas brands are putting their eco-efforts into. Artisans are brands that use artisanal manufacturing processes and support protected or certified artisanal production techniques. The brands within the People pillar have initiatives in place to encourage positive change for the people in their supply chains. Charity defines designers' committed to charitable causes or initiatives in place to create positive legacies beyond their own operations. Finally, Materials is an edit of brands who responsibly source, use certified fabrics and closed-loop processes.

With this in place, Matches Fashion is making it easier for conscious consumers to identify which designers are actively striving to put more sustainable practices and methods into action.

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