Blog: Spotlight on sustainable manufacturing
Leonie Barrie | 14 February 2012
Sporting goods giant Nike Inc last week revealed it has teamed up with a Dutch textile machinery company that has developed a way to dye fabrics without using water - and says it hopes to boost the technology's uptake across the apparel industry.
The strategic partnership is with DyeCoo Textile Systems BV, whose waterless textile dyeing machines use recycled carbon dioxide instead of water in the dyeing process. Nike says the technology has the potential to revolutionise textile manufacturing - and wants to help push it throughout the industry.
Nike was one of six firms that last year pledged to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020. While the commitment has been widely praised by a group of stakeholders, they also say the plans set a challenging deadline and that the six brands alone won't be enough to achieve their zero discharge goal. The stakeholders also believe the initiative should have been expanded to include suppliers.
Meanwhile, a Sri Lankan firm's eco-friendly garment factory has been awarded CarbonNeutral certification - making it what is thought to be the first apparel plant in Asia to achieve this accolade and helping shore up the country's reputation as a leader in ethical and sustainable manufacturing. The Hirdaramani Group's 'Mihila' factory was assessed by The CarbonNeutral Company.
Much of the success of Cambodia's garment industry is based on its well-publicised commitment to basic labour standards, so it's perhaps not surprising that the sector finds itself under a spotlight when it comes to wider worker welfare issues.
A two-day "people's tribunal" that took place in Phnom Penh last week to investigate pay and conditions at garment factories has recommended that international brands and retailers take "immediate steps" to address the issue of poverty wages for workers. A week earlier, the International Labor Organization's Better Factories Cambodia initiative said the sector still needs to make improvements in some areas that contribute to the health and welfare of workers.
It seems we need to pay more attention to what we pull on in the mornings after a number of health incidents related to clothing has placed the spotlight firmly on the safety of garments and how we we...
Myanmar is set to become a more attractive garment sourcing and investment destination after plans were agreed on labour law reforms in the country – with Gap and H&M coming out in support of the prop...
Congratulations to Textured Jersey Lanka Plc, which has won top prize in the inaugural World Textile Awards sponsored by The Textile Institute. ...
Ongoing efforts to reverse a slump in sales at its namesake brand are to see US clothing retailer Gap Inc shutter 175 of its namesake stores in the US and axe 250 head office jobs....
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- VF pushes ahead on chemicals management
- M&S project benefits garment worker health
- Can the Gap brand reclaim its iconic status?
- Key pieces of US trade agenda signed into law
- China cotton stockpile auction may shake up market
- C&A to add "accurate fit" label to garments
- US retail landscape "mediocre" over next 5 years
- Over 8,000 children in Delhi garment industry
- Myanmar minimum wage set at US$3.2 per day