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Australia and the U.S. Represented at Sustainable Apparel Coalition Meeting
June 27, 2016

Australia’s Cotton Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Incorporated from the U.S. are both members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) that held its annual conference during May in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Representatives from both countries are working to ensure that sustainability messages for Australian and U.S. cotton are understood by SAC members, many of whom are also Cotton LEADS™ partners.

Brooke Summers (Cotton Australia) and Allan Williams (CRDC) also spoke at the Planet Textiles Conference about Australia’s sustainability credentials including the industry’s R&D portfolio and myBMP program.

The SAC offers members a number of tools to assess the sustainability and social merits of various components in the textile supply chain including the raw materials that go into products (including cotton) and the factories that manufacture garments.

The HIGG index is gaining traction as a tool that essentially gives a score to factories, raw materials and brands across a number of modules. This tool is being used to assess which materials end up in products, with the data based on life cycle assessments provided by member organisations including Cotton Incorporated.

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