Steps Towards Sustainability
Supplier and Buyer can work together.
To get your goods from factory to warehouse, it most likely has to cross long distance. Most production outsourced to far east manufacturing zones travel half the world to reach their destination. The most common methods of transport are air freight and sea freight. The C02 emission of airfreight is 500grams per metric ton. The C02 emission of the same volume by sea freight is only 10-40 grams per metric ton. Apart from the costs savings, sea freight also emits a lot less C02 than airfreight.
Avoid the use of excess packaging material as much as possible. Review the packaging options for each product and double check if small unit packings, excess papers, pins, tags, are all absolutely necessary or not. Whenever possible use sustainable materials for packaging. Poly bags come in all grades and standards. Stay up to date on the latest developments on which packing materials are most sustainable.
Garment factories require a lot of power to operate. High output and efficiency contribute greatly to a smaller carbon footprint of a clothing item. Last minute changes can have very negative impact on sewing line planning, and increase the carbon footprint. Surely the fashion industry is in constant motion, and everyone involved needs to move quickly to keep up. Just as far as sustainable clothing production is concerned, advance planning really helps reduce the carbon footprint through higher efficiency.
Durable Quality and Timeless Design
Perhaps the most challenging job in today’s fashion industry is designing a product that is of lasting quality and will not go out of style. There is however huge step towards sustainability in increasing the life span of our products. Products with a longer life span reduce the wastage of natural resources by a great factor. Products with a short life span waste natural resources and cause waste accumulation.