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The adoption of life cycle assessment in the textile industry in the UK.

What is the fashion of the future? Whatever we will be wearing in 20 years, eco-innovation is likely to be key to the clothing industry if it is to adapt to growing pressure on resources and increasing consumer demand for greener products. Recyclables, reusability, recycled fibers, new sustainable sources of fiber, organic dyes, greener manufacturing systems - how will textile companies in the UK adapt?

The footprint throughout the global supply chain of the textile industry includes high energy use from washing and tumble drying, water use, toxicity from pesticides, social inequalities etc.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is leading an initiative called the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), which aims to research the impact of clothing and work with business to reduce this impact. In order to collect evidence, a life cycle approach was adopted using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Some of the biggest names in mass fashion globally are already working to reduce their impact.

For more information about Eco-Fashion in UK contact:

Bethany Murray
Saunders House,
52-53 The Mall,
Ealing, London, W5 3TA
t: +44 203 008 7876
f: +44 (0)203 008 7870
Website: www.sgs.com/sustainableproducts

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.