07 September 2007 | Paul Snell
The UK government has launched a forum to improve the sustainability of clothing.
The group, set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, brings together representatives from the fashion, clothing and textile industries to look at the ethical, environmental and social impacts of clothes production.
The aim of the group is to develop a "sustainable clothing roadmap", a document that will examine the life cycle of clothing, that begins with the sourcing of raw materials. The guide will provide practical advice to improve the sustainability of clothing.
Joan Ruddock, minister for climate change, biodiversity and waste, said: "There are plenty of examples of people in the industry already seeing sustainability as an opportunity, not a threat. They are taking an active role in ethical sourcing, designing and producing clothing throughout the supply chain."
This week Marks & Spencer announced a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund to help with the implementation of its "Plan A" environmental scheme, aimed at reducing the firm's carbon footprint.
The charity will work with the retailer to increase its sourcing of sustainable raw materials and improve production of its food and clothing.