Sustainability progress report 2017 - 2020

Sourcing Sustainably

Upcycling & Regenerating

As the Luxury and fashion industries move to become more sustainable, both upcycling and regeneration are not only popular trends, but also essential ones.

At Kering, we embrace both practices and continue to find the most effective ways of recycling raw materials and fibers so Luxury products can last longer and cause less impact on the environment.

Here are some examples of what we’ve been doing:

  • We have a strategic partnership with ECONYL® and we’re scaling up on the sourcing and production of nylon made from plastic waste. Most of the regenerated plastic waste comes in the form of oceanic pollution. With ECONYL® we are able to regenerate it into nylon, all produced in a fully traceable supply chain.
  • We’re also minimizing and putting offcuts (nylon, leather, cashmere) to better use. These offcut pieces are being upcycled to create new materials for products and for store design.
  • We’ve already mentioned our work in Mongolia in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Stanford University and NASA. The South Gobi Cashmere Project is yielding very interesting results with regard to regenerative cashmere.