Two major eco-textile and ethical fashion events will join forces in London this autumn when the Ethical Fashion Source exhibition runs alongside the fourth international RITE Group conference on sustainable textiles.

The events will take place on 6 October at Central Hall, Westminster, London - offering a new, sourcing platform for leading international retailers and brands wanting to know more about sourcing sustainable textiles and ethically-made clothing.

"The RITE Group has an inclusive approach to textile sustainability but we purposely focus on environmental aspects," explains chairman Phil Patterson. "However we recognise that environmental and ethical issues are often difficult to separate and many of our supporters have asked us to give more time to ethical considerations.

"We are therefore delighted to partner with the Ethical Fashion Forum and we firmly believe its input into the RITE event will be interesting, stimulating and above all very useful for all our delegates."

Speakers at the RITE (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment) conference include Baroness Lola Young OBE, Forum for the Future, Marks & Spencer, DuPont, Huntsman, surf brand Finisterre, plus five breakout sessions on textile recycling, GOTS and dyeing, textile fibres and GM, ethical sourcing, and the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan.

The Ethical Fashion Source Exhibition targets suppliers of ethical and fair trade fabrics, components, and manufacture to the fashion industry, and launched last year as the Global Sourcing Marketplace.