Sustainability

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Taking steps to help you lead

We are making textile products more sustainable. Our suppliers continue to invest in processes and business practices that are even better for the planet and for its people. That includes equipment and technologies that lower the amount of water and energy we put into a pair of jeans. And our suppliers continually invest in innovating products that help lead the industry in reducing harmful impacts of denim from agriculture to landfills.

Process leadership

  • Our suppliers are continuously implementing new waterless washing methods, such as ozone and laser processes. The G2 and LST machines save water and control effluents. As well, they can now bleach and change cast without using chemicals.

  • Our suppliers are finding way to preserve water in our finishing processes, too. So far, they have converted 150 finishes to waterless recipes, saving approximately 140-thousand cubic meters of water just this year. We expect to convert 80 per cent of our recipes by the end of next year.

  • They are also re-using the waste water that still gets produced. After it goes through the effluent treatment plants, they use much of it in the factory for laundry. Some is also re-used for horticulture.

  • To reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in the supply chain, we have a dedicated Technical Representative for chemical management. Our suppliers always purchase chemicals from approved chemical suppliers with all the compliance documents like PSD, CIL, SDS, COA and TDS. We can ensure they always use the chemicals and dyes that are in compliance with your own Restricted Substances List.

  • They are also partnering a major clothing brand to identify and implement new chemical processes that don’t harm the environment, and already using a number of Garmon and DyStar products that are GreenScreen Chemistry. GreenScreen provides a scientific open-source, transparent assessment of a chemical’s potential hazards. Its assessment practices are now the best tool to assess the safety of chemicals used in clothing manufacturing. It gives the industry a consistent, unbiased standard, and makes restricted substance lists more transparent.

  • Our suppliers are also making advances in energy conservation and the use of renewables. They operate boilers with local biofuels rather than conventional energy resources. And are saving more energy using waste-heat recovery.