07 Jul '11, 3pm
Great case study on industry innovation: How the Eco Index is Leading Apparel to a Green Future by @sroakes
Though still in their infancy, the industry-wide efforts are a prime example of how open-source, cooperative action can yield promising results. The Eco Index , an internal environmental assessment tool designed for apparel, footwear and equipment, grew from a seed of an idea that surfaced in August 2006 at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market , a twice-annual trade show for outdoor industry businesses. Five years in the making, the tool is accessible for anyone to test via ecoindexbeta.org , though there are a number of active subgroups still finalizing content. Methodologies for toxics & chemistry, equipment and materials efficiency in waste, and indicators for social responsibility and fair labor are being developed. Meanwhile, indicators for end of life, packaging and facilities are being revised. The Eco Index provides a comprehensive framework for approaching sustainabilit...