UK-based sustainability organisation Rite and Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE) today (10 October) announced a partnership to co-operate on more effectively addressing environmental issues in the global textile value chain.

The strategic alliance will see the two groups strengthen each other's objectives through mutual support in terms of collaboration, communication, knowledge and outreach.

Opportunities will include the potential for joint conferences and marketing; joint funding applications for common interests; linking to establish stronger representation on textiles and the environment in business, government, academia and schools; stronger links to academic research; more input and stronger links to government initiatives in the UK and Scandinavia; as well as stronger links with exhibition and event organisers.

"The new relationship will allow both Rite and NICE to simultaneously support and also challenge the textile industry to develop best practice in their quest to reduce environmental impacts of textiles," said Rite chairman Phil Patterson.

Jonas Eder-Hansen, development director at Danish Fashion Institute, and in charge of the NICE secretariat added: "The new partnership will create strong links across the North Sea region and form a solid foundation for knowledge-sharing, further education, and a powerful network that cuts across national borders. Sustainability issues need the industry's full attention and the partnership enhances our ability to work even harder to reach common goals."