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April 12, 2024

Investigation links major fashion retailers to illegal deforestation

H&M clothing store
Earthsight’s investigation found cotton supplied to H&M and Zara that had been certified as ‘sustainable’ was linked to ‘land grabbing, illegal deforestation, violence, human rights violations and corruption in Brazil’ (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Cotton supplied to H&M and Zara was deemed sustainable by certification provider Better Cotton, despite being grown on illegally deforested land, according to UK non-profit Earthsight

Cotton being used to produce clothing for European fast-fashion retailers H&M and Zara was grown on illegally deforested land in the Brazilian Cerrado, a year-long investigation by UK non-profit Earthsight has found. 

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