Greener retailing roundup with Holland & Barrett

5 for Friday roundup: Greener retailing news in brief

Green Retail World has covered news from Tesco, Primark, and ACS Clothing, this week, as well as highlighting, via video, the plastic plant pot recycling scheme at Notcutts Garden Centres.

The following news in brief rounds up the week in greener retailing.

Holland & Barrett partners with Electric Car Scheme

Health and wellness products retailer Holland & Barrett has partnered with The Electric Car Scheme.

The initiative aims to help the retailer’s employees working at its Nuneaton UK hub to switch to electric vehicles. It is achieved through a government-backed salary sacrifice scheme. Read more about how it works here.

Vestiaire Collective bags Paco Rabanne

Luxury second-hand marketplace Vestiaire Collective has announced a partnership with Paco Rabanne.

It involves an exclusive edit of pre-loved bags from the brand’s 1969 collection going live on the marketplace, as it continues to push buying pre-loved as a more sustainable way of shopping and method for keeping items in circulation for longer.

Sophie Hersan, Vestiaire Collective’s co-founder & fashion director, commented: “Vestiaire Collective’s expertise makes us the perfect partner for a luxury house like Paco Rabanne.

“The 1969 bag is a French fashion icon, and we’re thrilled to be bringing it to a wider audience, highlighting the house’s incredible craftsmanship and the power of resale to keep iconic pieces alive for decades to come.”

Matchesfashion proves a match for rental platform Hurr

Matchesfashion Rental has launched, supported by specialist luxury hire platform Hurr.

The tie-up is supported by a four-week pop-up at Matchesfashion’s Mayfair townhouse, 5 Carlos Place, from 21 November to 23 December. The pop-up gives consumers a chance to try on items in-store, rent that day, or reserve for the future.

Karen Millen Rotates enters the market

Boohoo Group-owned womenswear brand Karen Millen has launched its own fashion rental platform, Karen Millen Rotates.

The ability to hire clothing from the retailer is supported by specialist platfom, My Wardrobe HQ, whose chair Jane Shepherdson spoke to Green Retail World exclusively earlier this year.

UK consumers have the option of renting a range of looks, including dresses for events and tailored designs. There are 40+ styles available to rent for four days up to two weeks.

Natasha Hackett, brand director at Karen Millen, said: “It is clear fashion rental is the way forward, and we’re proud to have expanded our offerings to create a new way for customers to discover Karen Millen’s most iconic designs.

“We look forward to seeing our rental service develop as we continue on our journey to be more sustainable as a brand.”

Real trees for fake trees at John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) has announced that when customers buy one of its “long-lasting” artificial Christmas trees, it will designate a portion of sales towards planting 10,000 real trees at the Waitrose farm on the company-owned Leckford Estate in Hampshire.

The retail group, which also includes John Lewis department stores, said the trees will be a mix of native species such as oak, birch, and field maple. The trees have been specifically chosen by Kath Hernon, biodiversity officer on the estate.

Read the Soil Association’s analysis on the environmental impact of plastic ‘fake’ trees real Christmas trees in people’s homes

JLP said: “We know that for different reasons customers want to purchase an artificial tree.

“This way our new initiative will continue to support and enhance the biodiversity on our estate, providing food and shelter options for wildlife and connecting the surrounding habitats on the farm.”

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