Fashion saved $38 million with these greener supply chain programs, Per Aii – WWD

The sustainable fashion NGOs are celebrating recent successes while preparing for upcoming events.

For one, the Apparel Impact Institute released its impact report on Thursday, tracking the fashion industry’s progress throughout the year.

Previously, last year, the organization released two reports, the “Roadmap to Net Zero” and “Unlocking the Trillion-Dollar Fashion Decarbonization Opportunity,” which primarily quantified fashion’s lost progress (just $1 trillion for net-zero goals), while Aii’s next steps are anchored in data.

Highlights of the latest impact report include the inclusion of programs such as Clean by Design (incorporating best practices in water, carbon and chemical management), the Carbon Leadership project and the Coal Phase Out project (aiming at encouraging a shift away from coal-fired assets) . In 2021 alone, Aii launched seven programs (which receive the majority of its funding) and worked with local subject matter experts to bring about change at the facility level. This amounts to 295 facilities and 27 brand participants, or to put it in monetary terms – $38 million saved through more environmentally friendly methods.

Although Aii’s first Clean by Design program began 15 years ago, the organization was not officially founded until 2017 by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council and Target Corporation, among others.

Another notable achievement of the report is the announcement of its $250 million Fashion Climate Fund, which includes heavyweights such as PVH, Lululemon and H&M in its financial stockpile, with a goal of removing 150 million tons of carbon over the next 28 years.

Meanwhile, the SAC will convene hundreds of sustainability leaders in Singapore on November 1-2 for its annual meeting. Topics range from eco-labels (which saw H&M caught in the crossfire of the Norwegian Consumer Agency over greenwashing claims) to fair purchasing practices. Speakers will include: NCA Section Head Tonje Drevland; Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel; and H&M’s Global Product Impact Lead, including Ipek Kurtoglu Firat.

“This year’s annual meeting comes at a pivotal time for the apparel and footwear industry,” said Amina Razvi, chief executive officer of the SAC, in a statement. “The industry is in the spotlight like never before and this is rightly prompting scrutiny to ensure sustainability remains at the forefront. The annual meeting will be a defining moment for both SAC members and the industry at large to come together, break through division and polarization, and find common ground where we can drive collective action to make a long-term and lasting impact achieve.”

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Sarah Y. Kim

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