Textiles sustainability group to host open meeting during market
Retail Editor 3 -- Home Textiles Today, September 19, 2013
New York - Sustainability is back on the agenda during market week. The coalition of retailers and suppliers that formed earlier this year to establish a sustainability protocol for the home textiles industry has grown and will host an open meeting during New York Home Textiles Market to share their progress and invite more companies to participate in the process.
Since its first meeting during spring market, the Sustainable Textiles Coalition has grown to nine Founding Circle members leading the establishment of sustainability standards for their operations and supply chains. Those that have publicly announced their participating include Target, Williams-Sonoma, Ikea, Coyuchi, Indo Count and Yunus Textiles/Royale Linens.
The market week meeting will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Target's TSS office at 500 7th Ave. (between West 37th and 38th Streets), 5th floor.
Attendance is open to anyone who registers at www.textilescoalition.org.
Since last March, the group has made a number of strides, including:
- Completed assessment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Higg Index for apparel and identified the customizations required to use the Higg tools for home textiles;
- Implemented those customizations and developed a beta version of the STC Home Textiles Index;
- Launched a 3-month pilot test of the STC Home Textiles Index with members and their supply chain partners.
The council plans to launch a final version of the index for home textiles by the end of this year. Tools for assessing sustainability will be free of charge for all companies involved in the home textiles industry, regardless of their membership in the coaltion.
The agenda for this week's market meeting includes:
- The importance and value of industry collaboration in reducing audit/survey fatigue and benchmarking performance;
- The group's progress to-date and plans for the future;
- The benefits and requirements of membership in the Sustainable Textiles Coalition.
The group's effort follow the establishment of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition whose members include several major players in the home textiles industry: Kohl's, JCPenney, Walmart, LL Bean, Li & Fung, Lenzing, Invista, Clariant, Cotton Inc. and Oeko-Tex.
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