In a groundbreaking move, Stella McCartney, the trailblazer in conscious luxury, declared her delegation to COP28, coupled with a visionary Sustainable Market exhibit from November 30 to December 12. At the forefront of the fashion industry, McCartney and her team are set to engage in pivotal talks during the UN Climate Conference in Dubai.
Among the commitments announced by Stella McCartney, a standout is the release of the 2023 Impact Report, showcasing a plethora of achievements made by her eponymous label in the preceding calendar year. The brand’s dedication to innovation and fossil fuel reduction across materials and processes remains unwavering, permeating every aspect of production, sale, and end-of-life of all products.
Strategic collaborations with Mango Materials and Air Carbon further strengthen McCartney’s commitment to pioneering innovations and materials derived from greenhouse gas emissions. Her upcoming 2024 Circular Design Guide aims to openly share sustainable circular design principles, knowledge, and guidelines across industries.
A notable initiative is the collaboration with PETA for a campaign emphasizing alternative materials for leathers, furs, feathers, and fills. Stella McCartney’s foray into sustainable fashion extends beyond the brand, resonating with a broader ethos of responsible luxury.
Stella’s delegation at COP28 is strategically aligned with three key goals:
- Advocating for policy changes to incentivize sustainable business and industry decarbonization.
- Continuing the mission of human and animal protection.
- Fostering a coalition of global leaders to support material and process innovations.
The fashion industry’s colossal responsibility, accounting for up to 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions, demands urgent action. McCartney’s Sustainable Market at COP28 is a beacon of inspiration, featuring over 15 next-gen pioneers showcasing breakthroughs in regenerative agriculture, bio and plant-based alternatives, and traditional fibers.
An exemplary grape-based alternative to animal leather, developed in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot, and the debut of garments crafted from Protein Evolution‘s biologically recycled, infinitely recyclable polyester demonstrate the potential of sustainable fashion.
With a 2040 net-zero target and a pledge to reduce emissions across the supply chain by 46.2% by 2030, the brand is leading with bold sustainability ambitions. Investments in nature-based regenerative agriculture projects, exemplified by the SOKTAS regenerative agricultural program in Turkey, showcase the commitment to climate-resilient journeys.
The SOS Fund, a $200M sustainable investment fund co-founded by Stella McCartney and the Collaborative Fund, supports the next generation of innovative materials and processes. Noteworthy start-ups showcased at COP28 include NFW and Mirum, Mango Materials, Keel Labs, Protein Evolution, and Brimstone.
Joining forces with Veuve Clicquot, LVMH Life 360, Radiant Matter Biomaterials, Chargeurs Luxury Fibers, SÖKTAŞ regenerative cotton, Savian plant-based fur alternative, and PURE.TECH carbon-negative applications, Stella McCartney’s exhibit at COP28 is a testament to the brand’s unwavering commitment to sustainable luxury and a brighter, more environmentally conscious future for fashion.