Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., the Japanese holding that owns Uniqlo, Helmut Lang, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse Tam.Tam and J Brand, among others, has announced that it has signed the Microfibre 2030 Commitment, a new global initiative to minimize the impact of microfibers on the natural environment.
The Microfibre 2030 Commitment was established by The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), a non-profit, international cross-industry group working to address the problem of fiber fragmentation from clothing textiles. The Commitment involves 250 companies joining as signatories, and aims to eliminate the environmental impact from microfibers.
The signing companies will conduct tests on their products and manufacturing processes, and contribute data to build an industry-wide database and assessment system. The objective is that 80% of member companies adopt research-based microfiber standards in their products and manufacturing processes, so that the release of microfibers into the environment is appropriately managed.
Fast Retailing will conduct prescribed fabric testing annually through 2023 and provide the data to TMC. This will be combined with data from member companies in a database, and used to develop tools and resources for the entire industry to achieve the Commitment. Fast Retailing will utilize this data and knowledge to implement measures to limit microfibers from its products and manufacturing processes and, by expanding best practices to the industry as a whole, contribute to achieving the Commitment.
Fast Retailing first joined TMC as an associate member in September 2019 and considers the environmental impact of microfibers to be a priority issue.