Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Eco Index Pilot Program officially launched
Eco Index Pilot Program officially launched
Sep '10
The outdoor recreation industry has developed an environmental assessment tool, the Eco Index, to provide brands and retailers of apparel, footwear and gear a way to benchmark and measure the footprint of their products.

In development since 2007 by the Outdoor Industry Association Eco Working Group, a volunteer industry committee of more than 100 outdoor companies, the Eco Index encompasses guidelines, performance indicators, footprint metrics and a comparative scoring system against a six-stage lifecycle approach.

The stakeholder review period for the Eco Index is now underway, providing companies with the opportunity to pilot test the current “Beta Phase 1” version of the tool and provide feedback toward the formal version scheduled for release in early 2011. Over 80 companies from around the world are currently signed up to participate in the Eco Index pilot program, and more are welcomed.

“The Eco Index was designed to be applicable to all apparel, footwear and gear products and to be used within companies of all sizes,” said Beth Jensen, Corporate Responsibility Manager for OIA. “We are looking to the pilot program for critical feedback on the success of this approach.”

In addition to the pilot program, the stakeholder engagement period will also include a third-party review of the Index conducted by a group of environmental advocacy organizations, investors, and the academic community.

The Eco Index initiative is a collaboration between Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and the European Outdoor Group (EOG). The project has been facilitated by Zero Waste Alliance (ZWA) and has received significant financial support from Portland Development Commission.

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is a national trade association whose mission is to ensure the growth and success of the outdoor industry. Over 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of outdoor recreation equipment and services, as well as other related business entities, comprise OIA's membership.

Outdoor Industry Association

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Christian Dior

Fashion | On 25th Apr 2017

LVMH to acquire Christian Dior Couture for €6.5bn

LVMH and Christian Dior, which holds directly and indirectly 41 per...

Apparel/Garments | On 25th Apr 2017

Walmart's Project Gigaton to help reduce emissions

Walmart has launched a sustainability platform called Project Gigaton ...

Courtesy: Arvind

Fashion | On 25th Apr 2017

The Arvind Store launches ready-to-wear brand for men

The Arvind Store has announced the launch of its own ready-to-wear...

Interviews View All

Smarth Bansal
Colorjet India Limited

We would like to venture more companies into the Indian market

Yash Agarwal
Hitansh Online

Every market region has its own culture and trends

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Pranav Mishra

Designers Pranav Mishra and Shyma Shetty’s Huemn is known for its...

Igor Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search