Haines Morris (H&M), the world’s second-largest fashion apparel retailer, said today that the company is currently suspending the purchase of Brazilian leather due to concerns about environmental issues raised by Amazon wildfire.
VF Corp. also announced last week that it would take similar steps in response to the Amazon fire. Wealth owns a collection of apparel and footwear brands such as Timberland, Vans and North Face.
H&M stated in an email statement: “We have decided to suspend the purchase of leather from Brazil due to the severe situation of the Amazon rainforest fire in Brazil and the associated production of cattle.”
The statement said that the ban will continue to be implemented until there is an effective way to ensure that leather production does not cause environmental damage to the Amazon rainforest.
According to the Brazilian leather trade group “Center for the Brazilian Tanning Industry”, last year Brazil’s leather exports totaled 1.44 billion US dollars. The largest export markets were the United States, China and Italy.
In the United Nations climate talks last year, dozens of large fashion industry companies vowed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, and H&M is one of them.
The 43 companies agreed to give priority to the use of “climate-friendly” raw materials and adopt low-carbon transportation methods. The coal-fired boilers will no longer be installed in the factory by 2025.