GLRPPR Sector Resource: The Textile Industry Leaps Forward with Clean By Design: Less Environmental Impact with Bigger Profits
The Textile Industry Leaps Forward with Clean By Design: Less Environmental Impact with Bigger Profits
The Clean by Design program is an innovative green supply chain initiative to leverage the purchasing power of multi-national corporations to reduce the environmental impacts of their manufacturing abroad.
Working with a number of prominent global apparel
retailers and brands, the program has focused first in the textile sector, which is notorious for its energy and water intensity and for its high pollution load. Clean by Design reduces the environmental footprint of textile mills with a business-friendly model that focuses on increasing production efficiencies, which saves factories money.
At the end of 2013, with success at more than twenty
pilot factories in hand, Clean by Design was poised to
come to scale. The 2014 scale-up was launched in Shaoxing and Guangzhou area, two cities in China with a large concentration of textile mills, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). After outreach by multinational apparel brands and government authorities, more than 100 mills attended trainings in the program. Thirty-three of these mills were selected for active tracking. These mills provided initial benchmarking information, hosted expert consultations, submitted implementation plans, undertook improvements, quantified their results, and completed reports that allowed full evaluation of their initiative.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
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