Suits & Tailoring
By Gerald Lynch on June 25th, 2012
Marks and Spencer have today revealed what they’re calling the world’s first “sustainable” suit, putting the planets health on an equal footing with our sartorial needs.
The suit (the one pictured here is for illustrative purposes only) is a “revolutionary step forward for a clothing retailer” according to M&S, who have ensured the suit is made from the most sustainable materials possible.
Taking several years to develop , the different elements of the suit include:
o Wool – the suit is made from organic wool which is fully traceable back to the farms from where it is produced. In addition, all of the chemicals used in the production of the wool fibre are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved, to reflect the fact that as the fibre has been organically produced
o Lining – made from recycled plastic bottles
o Canvas (used inside the main body of the suit) – made from recycled polyester
o Buttons – reclaimed buttons
o Pockets and waistband – made from reclaimed fabric
o Labels – all of the labels inside the suit, even the ‘Care Instructions’, have been made from recycled polyester
“This a huge step forwards for the industry”, said M&S Plan A Expert, Mark Summer.
“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.”
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.”
With only 500 of the suits made, the green-fingered among you will have to act fast to snap one up, priced £349. You can read more information about the sustainable M&S suit here.