Sustainable clothing industry group set up

A new industry association is being launched to provide advice and information on the environmental impacts of the production, use and disposal of textiles and apparel.

The Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment (RITE) group1 has been set up by Marks and Spencer, the University of Leeds and Ecotextile News to drive sustainable textile and clothing production along the global supply chain.

It aims to develop methods to assess the ‘greenness’ of textile production, processes and products through a life-cycle-based scoring system.

It plans to promote the environmental and best-practice measures adopted by its members and "convince other companies to change accordingly". It also wants to develop ways to objectively communicate "greenness" to consumers.

A steering committee and advisory panel of senior industry executives is being assembled from across the supply chain from "fibres through to brands".