“At SgT, we believe that a deep on-the-ground manufacturing experience brings pragmatic solutions to your sustainability challenges”
These statistics – coming from previously published literature – are frightening, and so they should be, to both brands and consumers. In recent years textiles and apparel brands are rushing to become sustainable, to prevent being singled out as being ‘dirty’ or ‘dangerous’ and to improve the efficiency of their production methods which in the end – can save costs.
Based on our on-the-ground experience of the textile industry and its manufacturing challenges, we have developed a range of Textile Sustainability Services, to help you achieve your sustainability goals and those of your customers.
SgT’s experts work with you to identify opportunities to improve the environmental performance of a product with the following services:
Also called environmental claim, a green claim is an assertions made by brands, retailers and suppliers about the environmental qualities or characteristics of their goods or processes.
Comprehensive set of training for internal teams, suppliers and factories. Available in English or in your local language, training are hosted by SgT to upskill your team on a wide range of topics related to sustainability in textiles and fashion:
SgT also offers additional support via different reading resources (blog articles, newsletters, e-books, etc.) to do more research on the topics covered in training.
Become a proactive industry-leader in environmental compliance. Increasingly strict regulations are being continuously imposed as countries race to be seen as the ‘most sustainable’ and comply with new international regulations. Being ahead of the competition will also ensure that less work will be required to comply with new future regulations.
Lower Energy & Resource Usage
Although there may be some initial investment required to implement ‘green’ production processes, it has been proven by very successful energy and resource reduction initiatives, that sustainability lowers real-world production costs.
Enhanced Profit Margin
As with all organic and sustainable products, you’re able to charge a premium for your goods. Consumers will want to pay that in order to be ‘doing their part’ too.
Today’s consumers are becoming ever more environmentally conscious, and with the bad press that fashion is now regularly getting, textiles are in the crosshairs. Differentiate your products from your competitors and maintain an excellent brand image by pushing initiatives for sustainability and improving the quality of your softlines.
We can all agree, especially considering the statistics shared earlier, that lowering the environmental burden of our products is a positive point for the planet now that we are starting to see climate change and pollution really take effect. If you can be seen to be genuinely making an effort to become a more sustainable business, not only does it protect the environment and people involved in the production of textiles and garments, but it also protects your brand from criticism and improves brand favorability.
There is an increasingly large number of environmental and sustainable initiatives in the global marketplace today. Some of the initiatives are given below:
Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP)
Launched in 2006 and gathering 39 members, The GSCP mission is to hamonize the existing efforts and to deliver a common, consistent and global approach across sectors for the continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
Initiated by Walmart and Patagonia in 2009, the SAC is an alliance of more than 200 global apparel manufacturers, brand and retailers that has developed the Higg Index, a universal approach to measure the sustainability performance of products and facilities.
Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
In 2011, a group of major retailers made a shared commitment to help lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. The ZDHC Programme includes a collaborationof 24 signatory brands, 59 value chain affiliates, and 15 associates and support implementation of safer chemical management practices.
We have a peerless sustainability expertise. Our experts are on-the-ground every day, allowing a pragmatic understanding of your processes, facilities, products and legislation.
Led by a world-class leader who holds a Doctorate in Textiles Sustainability (PhD) with an extensive experience on Environmental Sustainability and who developed the very first scientific models for EI, ESI, RPI, LCA based Consumption, and Eco-functional Assessments.
All SgT employees also have an extensive textile and technical background, some with in excess of 15 years of industry experience. Our dedicated team has extensive knowledge of the sustainability challenges and needs of the textile industry. They’ve visited many factories producing every type of textile-based goods around the world to provide environmental and chemical assessments, training, and consulting.