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Six French brands pick Intertek's Instant LCA Textile tool
Mar '12
Six leading retail and e-commerce brands – Auchan, 3 Suisses, Happychic, Blancheporte, Phildar and Rouge Gorge – are monitoring their eco-labeling and eco-design procedures with Intertek's Instant LCA Textile solution, a life cycle assessment (LCA) tool.

These retailers and brands recognized the need to be proactive with regard to eco-design, as well as to anticipate possible regulation that would make eco-labeling mandatory for consumer goods sold in the French market starting in 2013.

These six leading retail and e-commerce brands decided to take a collaborative approach and evaluate the requirements for a tool suited to the ecological issues of their activities, specifically that it be an easy-to-use, flexible solution intended for non-expert users. As a result, they selected and implemented the Instant LCA Textile solution, developed by Intertek to enable life cycle assessments adapted to the stakes of the textile/fashion industry.

“A real challenge for our team was to manage and coordinate a task force of industry experts, representing a wide range of products, distribution channels and places of supply. Yet, this is also the reason why this project was so interesting.

The strength of our Instant LCA Textile solution is to offer pre-integrated life cycle assessment models, which can be manipulated easily with a simplified and customizable user interface, accessible globally through a Web browser,” explained Michael Ooms, Managing Director of Intertek's Brussels-based center of expertise for environmental impacts management.

“Even though eco-labeling is not yet mandatory in France, 3 Suisses is pursuing its proactive corporate responsibility policy. Using the Instant LCA Textile solution enables us to assess and compare the environmental impacts of our textile, shoes and corsetry fashion products, when making design decisions.

It also enables to expand the information enclosed on our products data sheet for a thorough information and awareness of our clients,” adds Eric Mariaud, Quality Manager for 3 Suisses.

Christèle Merter, Quality Manager for Happychic says: “It is a real challenge for Happychic to measure the environmental impacts of the products we sell – this is why we selected the Instant LCA Textile solution developed by Intertek, which has already enabled us to maximize the eco-design for some of our products, to collect the key data from our suppliers and to have them verified with external audits.”

Auchan is a retail chain (hypermarkets, supermarkets, online sales, drive etc.) employing more than 210,000 people around the world.

Blancheporte offers affordable clothes for men and women, as well as linens and household appliance appealing to everyone. Blancheporte creates collections focusing in being of an excellent price/quality ratio and regularly renewed, meeting its core target (women between 45 to 70 years old) requirements.

The Happychic group brings together the clothing and accessories brands Jules, Bizzbee and Brice, located throughout France, Europe and Middle East.

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