Sustainable Apparel Coalition Formed

As discussed previously, the apparel industry continues to move toward designing and manufacturing apparel, footwear, and other merchandise in a more sustainable way:  The Growing Interest in Sustainable Apparel Development.  Earlier this month, a group of industry leaders across retail, manufacturing, academia, NGO, and government announced the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, with the goal of indexing the environmental impact of apparel & footwear: New Sustainable Apparel Coalition Will Index Consumer Products.   To accomplish this goal, manufacturers (whether in apparel, consumer products, or food & beverage) need to account for energy usage, CO2 emissions, water usage – and also (where PLM solutions such as from Siemens come in) package design, specification management, sourcing, and supplier collaboration.  I look forward to watching this coalition evolve, and seeing what role technology plays in supporting the sustainability goals of each member of the group.

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