The US Cotton Trust Protocol has become a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a global industry-wide nonprofit of over 250 members working to reduce environmental impact and promote social justice throughout the global value chain.
As a SAC member, the Trust Protocol will provide a unique perspective from the US cotton industry to measure sustainability progress, collaborate on research, and identify and mitigate industry challenges. It will focus on six key sustainability metrics including land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.
The Trust Protocol added 300 brand, retailer, mill and manufacturer members since its launch in 2020. This includes Gap Inc and its collection of purpose-led lifestyle brands Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta as well as UK retailers Byford and Next Plc. Other Trust Protocol member announcements include the first 10 US mills.
The Trust Protocol is on the Textile Exchange’s list of 36 preferred fibers and materials that more than 170 participating brands and retailers can select from as part of Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index program.