M&S unveil the most sustainable suit in the world

M&S unveil the most sustainable suit in the world
M&S unveil the most sustainable suit in the world

The ‘world’s most sustainable suit’ goes on sale this week at M&S both online and instore priced at £349. M&S have taken a revolutionary step forward as far a clothing retailers are concerned and have ensured that the suit has been made from the most sustainable materials available.

Everything from the lining to the buttons have been carefully sourced, resulting in one of the greenest garments ever to be created. Take a trip now to M&S stories to see for yourself the infographic for the sustainable suit which shows how the design team has come to create this innovative suit.

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.

Mark Sumner, M&S Plan A Expert, commented, “This a huge step forward 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.”

The different elements of the suit include:

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

Lining – made from recycled plastic bottles

Canvas (used inside the main body of the suit) – made from recycled polyesterButtons – reclaimed buttons

Pockets and waistband – made from reclaimed fabric

Labels – all of the labels inside the suit, even the ‘Care Instructions’, have been made from recycled polyester

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.”

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.