Denim Trends: Vietnamese Factory Plans for Sustainability in 2010

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Considering it takes around 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce one pair of blue jeans--not accounting for the amount of water used to reach the appropriate wash--we're all ears when progress is made in the sustainable denim sector. Vietnamese denim factory and wash house Saitext is building a plant in Ho Chi Minh City, with the environment in mind, WWD reports:
According to Michael Morrell, executive vice president of Olah Inc.; a firm that represents mills, laundries, and factories, including Saitext, "They're trying to make themselves an environmental benchmark for what a 21st-century business should be." WWD reports, below:

Set up as a vertical operation with capabilities to cut, sew, wash, pack and ship, Saitext's new operation will open in April with solar panels on the roof to heat water for the bathrooms, exterior walls covered in vines to absorb radiant heat and keep the building cool, and motion sensors that turn off the lights automatically. The 100,000-square-foot factory will also use wastewater from hand sinks to flush toilets and enable natural ventilation through windows on opposite ends of the building and through the roof. With about 500 employees, the factory will be able to manufacture 550,000 pairs of jeans a month.

The article also hails ozone technology--which oxidizes jeans for a sun-baked look--the "Environmental Leader" in the treatment of denim. Linda Loudermilk premiered this process in her spring 2007 collection which incorporated denim. AG Adriano Goldschmied Jeans, along with their sister brand Big Star, has most recently joined Loudermilk.

Read the original article on WWD.

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