New South China’s morning post reported that Hong Kong-based apparel maker Crystal International Group says efforts by global fashion brands to make denim more eco-friendly have paid off. But the goal of zero waste throughout the entire production cycle has yet to be met.
Tom Wong, assistant manager of sustainability at business unit Crystal Denim, said many fashion brands in the US and Europe are researching the potential of collecting, recycling and reusing fabric and garment waste to reduce carbon emissions and water use.
According to the United Nations Environment Program, the fashion industry is considered to be the main contributor to global warming. The industry alone is responsible for up to 8 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.
Wong says circularity is a hot topic in the fashion industry and many brands have introduced initiatives. But there is still no global consensus on how to ensure maximum use of the model due to various country constraints and laws.
“In China, recycled fabric and textile waste is commonly used to make gloves and sofa-cushion fillings,” Wong said. But the scenario of energy generation from waste is rare in Southeast Asia. However, Crystal International’s factories are considering alternatives such as making recyclables and converting waste to energy to remove waste from the soil.