Invista has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Invista has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Fibre producer Invista has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which works to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear production around the world.

Invista will collaborate with the SAC to provide data and resources for selected working groups and the Higg Index, which helps companies evaluate material types, products, facilities and processes based on a range of environmental and product design choices. 

The company will also work with select partners to better understand the impact of the manufacturing process, garment performance (durability/longevity) and garment care and how these factors may be incorporated into the current materials assessment.

The SAC comprises apparel and footwear brands, retailers and manufacturers, including Adidas, Li & Fung and Hennez & Mauritz (H&M) as well as government and non-government organisations.

Bob Kirkwood, Invista Apparel executive vice president of marketing and technology, said: "Invista pursues its sustainability vision through its commitment to manufacturing processes, our products and the environment, while seeking to minimise waste and improve the environmental, health and safety aspects of its products and processes. 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."

While SAC executive director Jason Kibbey said: "Having Invista as part of the coalition widens the scope of our impact and accelerates the change we are making towards more responsible industry practices."

The news comes after women's wear retailer Ann Inc shored up its eco-credentials by joining the SAC last week and rolling out its supply chain environmental programme with global vendors.