Marks & Spencer is to launch a cashmere coat made from recycled fibres, which it claims is the UK's first closed loop clothing product from a major retailer.

A spokesperson for the UK retailer told just-style today (28 November) that the coat is made from products that have either been returned to Oxfam using the M&S Oxfam Clothes Exchange or returned to the retailer and can't be resold instore.

The fabric is sent to a fabric recycler in Italy, where it is reduced to fibre form, cleaned and sold to M&S clothing suppliers. M&S said the fabric quality was as good as virgin material and the cost is significantly lower.

The spokesperson said the product has a significantly lower impact on the environment as 73% of the material does not require virgin fabric - the biggest contributor to a product's footprint.

The coat will be sold for GBP149 and is made from 48% recycled wool, 25% cashmere, 23% nylon and 4% other fibres. It will be sold in the retailer's top five stores and through its e-commerce site from December.