Sustainable Partnership: 4 Questions About Eco-practices to Ask Your Fabric Supplier

Sustainable Partnership: 4 Questions About Eco-practices to Ask Your Fabric Supplier
04/22/2024 Kirill Sholin
Earth Day

As a fabric supplier, we’re aware of the environmental impacts of fabric production, like large carbon footprints and excessive waste. It’s our duty to make our processes eco-friendly and reduce harm to our planet. Not all suppliers have embraced sustainability, so today, we’ll share four key questions to help you ensure your fabric supplier is committed to sustainable practices. By choosing sustainable suppliers, you contribute to our planet’s health.

  1. Certification: Do your fabrics have eco-certifications?

The most trusted certification systems are Bluesign, REPREVE®, Global Recycled Standard, OEKO-TEX, and the Higg Index. They check a supplier’s environmental and social practices and ensure transparency, accountability, and a commitment to sustainability in the textile industry.

  1. Recycled Materials: Do you provide recycled fabrics?

The fashion industry increasingly opts for recycled materials over traditional ones like polyester, cotton, and nylon. The rising demand for eco-friendly textiles drives this shift. Fabric suppliers play a crucial role by offering a variety of recycled textiles, helping brands stay eco-conscious and competitive. It’s essential to ask suppliers about the percentage of materials like polyester and nylon are sourced from recycled materials.

  1. Waste Management: How do you manage waste?

For instance, you can ask your supplier if they reduce paper and water waste, recycle fabric scraps, or help research new fabric-recycled technologies. Understanding these initiatives can help gauge how seriously suppliers take their environmental responsibilities.

  1. Energy Waste: How do you manage your energy waste?

It might include utilizing green energy sources such as solar or wind power, reducing reliance on coal, or employing carbon capture to reduce emissions at production facilities and complement renewable energy.

What does PCF do to be sustainable?

  • Our current collection includes around 100 recycled fabrics, with the option to create recycled versions of nearly every product in our line.
  • Most textiles are certified by Bluesign, REPREVE®, GRS, OEKO-TEX, and other systems.
  • We work with mills certified in consumer safety and sustainable production processes, including solar power, wastewater recycling, and phasing out coal power.
  • Our eco-practices include reusing cardboard to wrap shipments, donating scraps for recycling research, utilizing chipboard made from recycled cardboard, reusing fabric bolts and rolls, and more.

Contact us to learn more about our eco-practices and explore our recycled fabric collection.
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