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M&S creates 'world's most sustainable suit'

MARKS & Spencer has unveiled what it is calling the 'world's most sustainable suit' for under £350

From reclaimed buttons to the suit lining being made from recycled plastic bottles, M&S has ensured the suit is made from the most sustainable materials possible to produce one of the greenest garments ever made. 

The suit has taken several years to develop by a team of M&S experts who have worked to ensure the suit is not only made from the most sustainable materials available, but is also impeccably well cut and of the highest quality. 

The suit is made from organic wool which is fully traceable back to the farms from where it is produced. the chemicals used in the production of the wool fibre are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved. The lining is made from recycled plastic bottles, the suit's interior and the labels are made from recycled polyester and the pockets and waistband are made from reclaimed fabric. 

Mark Sumner, M&S Plan A Sustainable Raw Material Expert, said: "This is a huge step forwards for the industry; it is the first time such an intricate garment has been made of sustainable materials, and as well as being one of the greenest garments available on the high street, it is incredibly stylish and something we hope our customers will be proud to wear."

In another first, M&S has also added a ‘QR' code to the suit label which can be scanned using a mobile phone so customers can download information on the suit and the materials it is made from.

The suit is just the first in a new range of sustainable clothing that M&S will be launching during 2012, all of which will be made in the most sustainable way possible.

As part of its Plan A commitment to be the world's most sustainable retailer, M&S is committed to ensure that all of its products will have a Plan A attribute by 2020.

Mark continued: "We set ourselves a big challenge with a suit as it contains so many different elements that we had to consider, but as part of our Plan A objectives we are determined to ensure all of the products we sell not only look great but are sustainably sourced; the suit is the perfect example-it is very stylish, of the highest quality, sustainably made- and all for under £350. 

500 suits have been made and will launch online and in stores in September as part of the M&S ‘Saville Row' suit range, priced at £349.

 

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Having studied Law, English and Philosophy, I went travelling to India for 6 weeks working in orphanages and in a leper colony. I came home and decided to study Journalism. Starting my third and final year this September, I have just been given the fanta... read more