Marks ‘n’ Spencer launches world’s ‘most sustainable suit’

Will go on sale at end of August. So far 500 of the suits are produced.

Written by Agencies | London | Published:June 20, 2012 10:15 am

Marks and Spencer’s sustainable suit took four years in the making,with its care label made from recycled polyester.

Marc Bolland,M and S’s CEO was so happy with it after he had it tailored to fit last week,that he asked for another one straight away.

The reason Bolland is so happy is that this suit has been four years in the making – every stitch and detail has been thought and rethought – and it will go on sale at the end of August as the world’s most sustainable suit.

Bolland was proudly modelling the suit for its official launch at the M and S Plan A Stakeholder meeting.

Made from Australian organic wool,dyed in Italy using GOTS approved technology,and then spun into yarn at an Italian mill,the fabric was then shipped to China along with around twenty other components.

Each one is meticulously sourced to ensure they are the most sustainable possible,from the linings made from recycled PET bottle polyester from a hi-tech processing plant in Japan,the recycled polyester zips,the reclaimed pocket linings (surplus from their own production lines) and reclaimed stray buttons which would otherwise end up in landfill.

“It is a very complex supply chain,” the Telegraph quoted Marks and Spencer’s Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist Mark Sumner,who has been heading up the project,as saying.

“Although it’s as radical as we can make it in terms of sustainability it still looks like a beautiful suit and fits well and has the right styling and is good value,” he said.

So far,only 500 of the suits will be produced. It is being seen as a laboratory to test out new ways of more sustainable production from every aspect of the supply chain. Even the care label is made from recycled polyester.

Each of the 20 major components that go into the suit have been looked at and analysed to see how to make them sustainable.

“In most cased we have had to push the boundaries of the industry and the technology to make the components more sustainable and keep the quality,” Sumner said.

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