Every little (bit of leather) helps...
Winter 2012 - Tesco is the instantly-recognisable giant high-street brand with a large share of critics and fans alike.
Within the fashion industry, Tesco’s buying and selling power makes it a major retailer in the UK and often throws the spotlight onto it. Although Tesco are yet to win an RSPCA Good Business Award in fashion, the ethical work they have been leading on to help improve animal welfare through some areas of their fashion collection has not gone unnoticed by the judges and led to them being short-listed for an award in 2009.
Did you know, for instance, that in 2009 Tesco were the first retailer to launch e-leather footwear which helps reduce the use of animal hides in footwear by recycling leather off-cuts into useable leather?
Abi Rushton, part of Tesco’s ethical and sustainable sourcing team in clothing, told Good Things that “Tesco are proud to be associated with the RSPCA Good Business Awards and were pleased to be short-listed in 2009.
“We have a range of fashion footwear using completely animal free materials, giving both great value and peace-of-mind to our customers who are concerned about animal welfare.”
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Did you know?
Tesco were the first retailer to launch e-leather shoes in 2009. E-leather is leather made from recycled off cuts of leather, which gives a carbon footprint of up to 80% less than conventional leather.
Tesco are founder members of Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations.
In 2008, Tesco sold over five million pieces of Fairtrade cotton clothing. They sell Fairtrade cotton products at the same price as conventional cotton; investing their own margin to make Fairtrade cotton easily available to customers.