Fast-fashion retailer H&M is polishing its sustainability and affordability image with high-profile marketing initiatives.
worn by Penelope Cruz to the Vanity Fair Oscar party following the Academy Awards last weekend. From April, consumers will be able to buy a similar gown--sustainably made--in H&M stores. H&M has other sustainable products, including a collection of clothing made from recycled materials.
Providing clean drinking water is another sustainability issue supported by H&M. Each year, the retailer donates 25% of the proceeds from a summer swimwear collection to the not-for-profit group WaterAid. The 2013 promotion was supported by social media posts on Pinterest and Facebook. Customers and employees vote to select the causes supported by H&M's Conscious Foundation, including education, clean water and women's issues.
At right, H&M's new wedding dress,