Stella McCartney launched her fashion label in a partnership with PPR luxury division and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. Her collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and kids.
PPR requires knowledge of their suppliers’ environmental and social practices, and comply with global labour standards, as well as paying minimum or living wage. They take steps to reduce greenhouse gases, water usage and waste as well as monitoring toxic chemicals. Social and environmental factors are considered during the design process, packaging is mainly recyclable and they aim to protect and support communities in the areas that their companies operate in.
Stella McCartney Ltd is a certified carbon neutral company that offsets over 3000 tonnes of CO2 annually to initiatives such as the Uchindle-Mapanda reforestation project in Tanzania, the La Pradera landfill management project in Columbia and Guatemala’s Candeleria hydropower project, amongst others. In 2009 Stella McCartney Ltd recycled 2,563kg of paper and 1,408 of plastic. All stores, offices and studios in the UK are powered by Ecotricity http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/, a company that invests money made on electricity into clean alternative power, such as wind.
As well as not using leather or fur, all Stella McCartney shipping bags are made from corn and therefore 100% biodegradable, developed exclusively for the company so as to degrade within a year of contact with the elements.
Considers the social and environmental factors in the design process.
Pays the local minimum wage and/or the local living wage.