A new Wet Processing Benchmark tool has been designed to help product developers and their teams reduce environmental impacts in the supply chain.

The new tool from sustainable textile business Made-By uses data from factories around the world to illustrate the sustainability of common wet processing techniques and applications in terms of water use, energy use and potential chemical or safety hazards.

Made-By said the benchmark employed a range to show efficiency rates achieved by factories under real production conditions, reflecting the existence of so many variables in wet processing.

The result, it added, was an “excellent” resource guide for product developers and their teams to have “meaningful conversations” with suppliers on the sustainability of wet processing techniques.

The benchmark was drawn up in collaboration with Systainable Solutions, an organisation focused on making textile factories more efficient using software systems and processing experts.