By  on August 4, 2009

Textile and apparel manufacturers, facing increased pressure to develop and implement sustainability programs, got another prod last month when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it was creating an environmental labeling program to measure the social and ecological impact of the products it sells.

The influence of the world’s largest retailer is likely to extend beyond its own suppliers when it comes to sustainability efforts, according to participants in FiberCast, an online program last Friday hosted by the University of Delaware’s department of fashion and apparel studies.

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