With the world at an inexplicable halt, time has once again become available in abundance. The coronavirus pandemic has shown us a trailer of the future if we continue to indulge in non-sustainable activities at this pace. The virus is a global cue to drastically reduce the interference between human life and nature along with the animal kingdom and resort to sustainable practices. Gladly, the fashion industry has been quick to not only adapt to the new reality but also take critical steps to reshape the fashion calendar, proceed towards a more mindful scenario and most importantly, tackle the problem of climate change. Ahead of the announcements made by a slew of luxury brands, of cutting down the number of fashion shows per year, giant retail houses like Amazon, Marks & Spencer, Missguided have signed the British Retail Consortium‘s roadmap to tackle climate change.
Net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 which is the target of the British government is set to be achieved with BRC‘s decarbonisation plan. A total of 20 retail brands have signed this roadmap which will be guided by the BRC to adopt more sustainable methods at distribution centres, supply chains along with helping their customers reduce their own carbon footprint. The roadmap that will contain detailed guidelines as to how to eliminate the production of carbon dioxide will be done by researchers and environmental experts.
The decarbonisation plan is a part of BRC‘s Better World Better Retail campaign. Peter Andrews who is the head of sustainable policy at BRC said in a statement
Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to the planet. As we start to recover from the coronavirus pandemic there is no better opportunity to build a greener more sustainable world.
Apart from these 3 fashion brands, the other retailers that have signed the decarbonisation plan include: ldi, Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland Ltd, Boots UK, Central England Co-operative, Co-op, Costa Coffee, Dixons Carphone, Greggs plc, Ikea, Kingfisher plc, Lidl GB, Musgrave, Next, Ocado Retail Limited, TJX UK, WH Smith Plc, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc.
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