Sustainable Water Resources Management project for textile industries
A water management project among textile suppliers in India – led by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Swedish fashion brands Indiska, KappAhl and Lindex – has demonstrated how efficient resource management in textile production in India can achieve substantial environmental improvements and financial gains.
Beijing city has pledged to shutter 300 high polluting factories this year in a further attempt to stem the choking air pollution plaguing the city.
The concept of Net Positive
February 13, 2014
It is becoming increasingly clear that the traditional view of a business existing purely to maximize profit for shareholders is not so much wrong as built for another time. Businesses have been slowly moving towards a model that recognizes the impact they have on society and the environment, putting increasing amounts of budget and resource towards mitigating that impact. But just minimizing the amount of environmental damage a business does is no longer enough.
Sumatra's disappearing rainforest 1950-2010
January 29, 2014
Almost a year on from a similar move by its major rival, and in response to rising pressure from NGOs and the business community, manufacturer Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) – the region’s second-largest pulp and paper firm – has unveiled an upgraded Sustainable Forest Management Policy.
China will allow big emitters to use offset credits from destruction of nitrous dioxide to meet domestic climate targets, giving its nod to a type of project that has been banned in other carbon markets.
Meet the monsters in my closet
January 15, 2014
In the latest development in its campaign to get apparel brands to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their supply chains, global NGO Greenpeace has released a new report that focuses on children’s clothing. “A Little Story About Monsters In Your Closet” details findings from an investigation into children’s clothing and footwear across a number of major clothing brands, including fast fashion, sportswear and luxury brands.
ASE Pollution Scandal
Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) – the world's largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider – is facing the threat of heavy fines, law suits and loss of business after it was found to be illegally discharging waste water via concealed pipes at its plants.
China Dying Report
December 05, 2013
The Green Choice Alliance, a group of seven Chinese environmental NGOs yesterday released the third in a series of investigative report into the country’s textile industry. It says that a large number of dye houses are breaching China’s new emission standards and that many international brands that use them are turning a blind eye.
DyeCoo waterless fabric dyeing machines
December 03, 2013
Far Eastern New Century Corp, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer for global sportswear giant Nike, has installed high-tech equipment which, it is claimed, eliminates the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing. Although not the first plant to deploy equipment from Dutch start-up DyeCoo Textile Systems (that distinction goes to a factory in Thailand), the move is nonetheless a significant development in what Nike describes as a “manufacturing revolution”.
With flood water blocking roads, seventeen factories were temporarily shut in a major Thai industrial zone dominated by foreign companies.