Key Product Category Rules (PCR) that allow the environmental performance of natural fibre fabrics to be assessed have now been published in the International EPD System – giving apparel producers a “common language” to understand the value of sustainable products.
Turkish denim manufacturer Isko has had a key role to play in the PCR project after it obtained independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCAs) of all its 25,000+ products.
An EPD is a document used to communicate verified, transparent, and comparable information about the life-cycle of products. The EPDs were obtained by Isko in March with the aim of ensuring full transparency about the environmental impact of all fabrics in its collections and to “fully understand where even better choices could and can be made.”
The creation of the PCRs will help to create standardised assessments for future EPDs for the apparel sector, according to the company. The PCRs currently allow the assessment of the environmental performance of woven, knitted and crocheted fabrics of natural fibres (except silk).
“We are proud to have had the honour of being part of this process, that led to the creation of this important Product Category Rules for our industry,” says Ebru Guler, senior CSR executive at Isko. “Having equal standards for producers means that production methods can be finally compared, thus allowing every one of us to make better choices and act wherever it is needed in order to improve and achieve even greater results.”
The company has a production capacity of 250m metres of fabric per year with 1,700 high-tech automated looms. It has offices in 35 countries and is part of Sanko Tekstil, the textiles division of the Sanko Group, which is one of the largest conglomerates in the world,
Isko’s Earth Fit collection uses responsible fibres such as organic cotton, recycled cotton and recycled polyester from PET bottles. It has been awarded the Nordic and EU Ecolabels. The company has an environmental management system in place which ensures environmental impacts (energy, water, waste, chemicals and emissions) are managed at its production facilities. Also, as a signatory member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme, the company says it is firmly committed to avoiding hazardous chemicals and harmful substances in its production processes.