Many companies would like to introduce greater ecological and social sustainability in production and use less resources over the next few years. Here are some examples of how these goals can be achieved.
Saving resources: corporate fashion manufacturer Hakro from Schrozberg in Baden-Wuerttemberg has been able to save a lot of resources in the field of packaging by introducing a comprehensive system of sustainability management. According to a recently published sustainability report, Hakro reduced their consumption by around four tonnes of paper and cardboard and 1.5 tonnes of plastic over the last financial year. This was made possible by dispatching shirts and blouses without metal clips, plastic collar stiffeners, cardboard inserts, tissue paper and hang tags. T-shirts are also no longer packed individually but bagged in packs of five or ten instead. It was possible to save approx. 22 tonnes of plastic annually in this way. That is not just good news for Hakro’s ecobalance, its customers are also happy that they have less waste to deal with.
Social commitment: occupational clothing specialist Engelbert Strauss has launched the world’s first workwear academy in rural south Bangladesh in collaboration with local manufacturing partners. The goal is to enable younger workers to enjoy a comprehensive education, work on new processing technologies and also become involved in observing social standards. It is intended long term that the campus in Chittagong should help develop the ever more complicated textile technology locally and thus enable Bangladesh to have a greater share in the current value chain.
Carbon dioxide emissions halved: functional fibre specialist PrimaLoft has been able to almost halve its CO2 emissions by using a new manufacturing process. Traditional methods use heat to join the insulating fibres together. By using the new PrimaLoft P.U.R.E. technology (Produced Using Reduced Emissions), the company is able to do without this heating process and save up to 157,000 kg of CO2 per year. PrimaLoft states that this has no impact on the functionality of their fabric. The first products made using this technique will be coming to market in autumn 2020, initially exclusively under the label of the outdoor and sustainability pioneer brand Patagonia.
Recycling made easy: How can a band utilize the T-shirts from an old tour that they have been unable to sell? The internationally successful band The 1975 from Manchester dug out their old T-shirts from its last tours and simply overprinted them with the new tour design. This way they created new T-shirts that look totally different and also tell the story of the band. Furthermore, fans of the band are also able to have their old T-shirts printed privately using the new design on the tour. The fact that sustainability is important to the band is exemplified by its song published in July that included a speech by the climate activist Greta Thunberg. You can see what the T-shirts look like on the band’s Instagram account.