Our challenge is to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and to increase the use of better chemicals.
We recognize that chemicals are needed in the production of textiles, but our challenge is to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and to increase the use of better chemicals. This is a big challenge, but in 2018 we have taken steps in the right direction.
We only work with suppliers with approved wastewater systems, as chemicals released with waste water are a large source of chemical pollution. Nudie Jeans requires all of its suppliers, whether production is outside or within Europe, to comply with European legislation and regulations on chemicals. All Nudie Jeans suppliers must sign and follow our code of conduct including our Restricted Substance List (RSL). Our RSL is based on the European chemical legislation REACH, but with stricter limitations for many of the listed chemicals.
Nudie Jeans’ RSL is in line with the best practices within the textile industry and legislation in our production countries outside the EU. Each season, we conduct random chemical testing to check that the requirements of the RSL are upheld for our production. The Chemical Policy and RSL form our basic requirements, and we continuously communicate with our suppliers about the chemicals used, as well as the handling and storage of the chemicals. It is high important for the suppliers to provide their employees with the right personal protective equipment (PPE), and also to offer training to increase awareness and knowledge of how to use PPE correctly and why it is important.
We only work with suppliers with approved wastewater systems, as chemicals released with waste water are a large source of chemical pollution.
Textile and garment manufacturing is an energy intensive industry. Nudie Jeans’ energy impact, as the seller and indirect producer, reaches all the way to the growing of the raw material throughout the chain of production through the end of life of the garment. Our ability to influence the impact differs depending on the stage of production or user phase, and we acknowledge that our business creates the largest part of its energy consumption outside of our own organization. So far, we have not yet had the possibility to collect energy or water consumption data from our full production chain. We are working with engaged suppliers that value sustainability and invest in energy and water saving technologies.
One example is the Save Blue concept developed by our main fabric supplier Bossa where around 55% of water is saved during the dyeing process. Another good example is our Indian supplier Armstrong Knitting Mill, which covers 100% of their energy with wind and solar power, and more and more suppliers in our supply chain are switching to renewable energy sources. We follow all our suppliers’ developments with interest and aspire to gather more precise data for both energy and water consumption for our production in the coming years.