Sustainability in BESTSELLER
Being part of the world’s second largest industry, BESTSELLER has a responsibility to ensure that we use natural resources responsibly in the present so that we care for the future of our planet and ensure a healthy fashion industry.
In 2016, BESTSELLER joined the Ellen Macarthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 Group to explore the possibilities and challenges of moving from a linear ‘take, make and dispose’ business model towards a circular system that restores and regenerates materials. An important lesson learnt over the years has been that the industry must work together to achieve the greatest impacts, and in May 2017, BESTSELLER signed the Global Fashion Agenda’s Call to Action for a circular fashion system. Under this commitment, we will work to advocate for the circular fashion agenda and set our own goals for regenerating textile fibres and promoting reuse of textiles.
Our circular initiatives
We have taken various steps that support the circular agenda:
- Use of recycled and more sustainable fibres: We have been part of several initiatives exploring the future development of new and more innovative materials and we have worked with our supply chain to get learnings on recycling of fibers. Several of our brands have introduced collections containing recycled fibres, e.g. polyester made from used plastic bottles and recycled cotton made from old jeans, and we also use other more sustainable fibres, e.g. Tencel® Organic Cotton, and Better Cotton. In fact, more than 35% of the cotton used in our products is sourced as more sustainable cotton (Better Cotton, organic cotton or recycled cotton). Learn more about BESTSELLER’s cotton strategy.
- Collection and resale of used clothes: BESTSELLER works to promote the message to our consumers that used textiles are valuable resources and not waste. In 2017, we started a collaboration with Danish Red Cross on the ‘Smid Tøjet’ (Drop Your Clothes’) campaign that aimed at collecting as much used clothes as possible for either resale or, if in bad conditions, recycling. Throughout the year, we also donate clothes for various other charity purposes, and resell second hand clothes in foreign markets.
- Recycling of textile fibres: Almost all collected clothes that cannot be reused are sold to I:CO (I Collect) for recycling. The fibres are turned into e.g. insulation materials for the car industry or playground surfaces. Learn more about how we handle unsold products.