05/04/2023 – Microfibre
C&A Europe signs Microfibre 2030 Commitment
C&A announced that it has become part of the Microfibre 2030 Commitment. In signing, it joins more than 80 other fashion brands in taking focused, collaborative action to tackle fibre fragmentation of textiles into the natural environment, and to work toward zero impacts of fibre shedding. C&A joins signatories such as adidas, Nike, and Patagonia.
Suzanne McKenna, Chief Range & Sustainability Officer at C&A Europe, says: “Joining the Microfibre 2030 Commitment lets us take effective action in supporting research into fibre degredation. It is imperative that we act, and act now. Microfibers have the potential to harm the environment, wildlife, and people. Together we can identify the root causes of microfibre pollution and take action to stop it.“
Throughout the product lifecycle, textile products shed potentially harmful microfibers. As a new signatory of the Microfibre 2030 Commitment, C&A will contribute to research into fibre fragmentation by testing the release of microfibers during domestic laundering of eight fabrics per year.
Theses tests will be conducted following the quantitative methodology developed by the Consortium and executed by the initiative's partner laboratory, Intertek. The test results will be computed into a database, supporting the Consortium’s overall research to drive industry action.
Suzanne McKenna emphasizes: "We are proud to collaborate with colleagues from across the textiles sector as part of the Microfibre 2030 Commitment. It is self-evident that this has to be a team effort. This is why we want to encourage stakeholders across the industry to join in. Together, we will have a real impact on microfibre pollution from textiles."