Marks & Spencer is working its way up your closet. Hot on the heels of its first line of sustainable shoes, the British department store has launched a line of womenswear made with recycled cotton and recycled polyester fabrics. Inspired by streets of East London, the 16-piece “Limited London” collection combines punchy florals, statement denim, and urban-chic silhouettes to create high-impact pieces that “not only look great, but also have a conscience,” the retailer says. Prices are consumer-friendly, as well, ranging from £9.50 for a crop top to £69.50 for a sleeveless longline jacket.
The capsule arrives in stores just as Marks & Spencer announced additional commitments
to improve transparency in its clothing supply chain.
The retailer noted in its 2015 “Plan A” sustainability report that it will publish an annual list of its active clothing manufacturers by 2016.
In December, Marks & Spencer updated its global sourcing principles to incorporate a range of human-rights issues in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
“We’ve been working with our suppliers on many of these for some time, but this is the first time we’ve included them in our global sourcing principles,” it noted in the report. “Next year we will report on how we’re supporting our suppliers to meet these standards.”
Other ongoing initiatives include procuring 70 percent of its cotton from sustainable sources by 2020, improving its volume and value of textile recovery, and working to achieve its goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals from the manufacture of its textile and apparel products by 2020.
**This post first appeared on Ecouterre.com here.