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BRUSSELS – A leading environmental impact tool for apparel needs updating to include the use and end of life phase in the lifecycle of clothing, claims a new study. Research funded by Australian Wool Innovation claims the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Material Sustainability Index (MSI), a product-focused tool that compares the sustainability of different textile materials, also needs better data inputs, improved transparency, to account for microfibre pollution and to consider the full lifecycle of products. “Unless these key issues are addressed, the guidance provided could lead to unsustainable choices, compromising the very thing environmental rating tools like the MSI set out to do,” claim the researchers.

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