Invista, one of the world's largest makers of polymers and fibers, and the owner of the brand Lycra, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).
The SAC is a group representing more than 60 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofit and nongovernmental organisations working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world. The SAC’s main focus is on sustainability in the clothing and footwear industries.
To further this goal, the SAC developed a Sustainable Apparel Index tool called The Higg Index, which enables companies to evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and product design choices.
Bob Kirkwood, Invista Apparel executive vice-president of marketing and technology, said, "As a global leader and integrated supplier for the textile industry, we look forward to working with the SAC to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability.”
There are currently more than 60 SAC members, the majority of which are global brands and retailers including: Adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M, JC Penny, Kohl’s, Levi’s, L.L. Bean, M&S, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, REI, Target, VF Corporation and Wal-Mart.