With our scale, our efforts to expand use of sustainable materials can lead to industry-wide changes. Currently, we encourage working closely with our partners and vendors on elevating products made sustainably, highlighting sustainability certifications where available, and regularly featuring special collections based on products’ sustainability stories.
Clean Beauty at QVC and HSN
Our customers are passionate about their beauty products and want to know what’s in them. In 2019 QVC and HSN teamed up to create a new way for customers to easily navigate and shop our Clean Beauty offerings. Products with the Clean Beauty seal indicate skincare and makeup brands that are formulated without ingredients of concern. Based upon the latest industry standards, as well as specific feedback from our customers, we’re proud to offer products that eliminate ingredients of concern from our customers’ daily beauty routine. Our definition of Clean Beauty is the same at both QVC and HSN and can be found here.
Conscious Choice Cleaning at QVC
Our customers are also mindful of the chemicals used in cleaning products that may be harmful to human health and the environment. In 2020, QVC US created the Conscious Choice Cleaning seal so customers could easily identify products that are formulated and manufactured without synthetic perfumes, synthetic dyes, alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, formaldehyde, parabens and sulfates (SLS and SLES).
We offer products made of sustainable materials through our proprietary apparel lines at QVC and HSN such as Zuda and AnyBody. Using fabrics made of post-consumer plastic and sustainably sourced fibers, these new textiles are being engineered using upcycled materials and the latest state of the art technology, while helping to reduce overall waste. In the coming seasons, we plan to expand our use of eco-friendly materials in a larger percentage of our private brand portfolio.
Apparel is a large part of our business and we are aware of the transformation happening to minimize the industry's environmental impacts. In 2020, QVC joined Textile Exchange, a global non-profit that inspires and equips businesses to accelerate sustainable practices in their textile value chain. Along with long-standing member Garnet Hill, QVC participates in Textile Exchange's member forums to identify and share best practices on minimizing the harmful impacts of the global textile industry.
Many of our customers’ favorite apparel and home textile products are made from cotton, one of the world’s most important renewable natural resources. To help mitigate detrimental environmental and social impacts of cotton production, in 2021 QVC joined Better Cotton, the largest cotton sustainability program in the world.
QVC is committed to improving cotton farming practices globally with Better Cotton. Better Cotton trains farmers to use water efficiently, care for soil health and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and respect workers’ rights and wellbeing.
Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called mass balance. This means that Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products, however, Better Cotton Farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we ‘source.’