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A selection of capacity building projects with suppliers, other brands, governments and/or NGOs highlighting the stories behind the cubes and context map.
Collaborator: International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Solidaridad
Date Active: 2013 - Present
The Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) is a major multi-year programme led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Solidaridad. PaCT seeks to bring positive environmental change to the Bangladeshi textile wet processing sector, particularly focusing on issues such as excessive groundwater extraction, surface water pollution, chemical and energy use.
G-Star is one of the eight apparel brands participating in PaCT, and has nominated five of its suppliers to take part. These suppliers undergo assessments to identify opportunities for water, energy and chemical use reduction. They are then supported through the programme to make improvements. More information available here.
(Image: Helena Wright)
Collaborator: Bionic Yarn
Date Active: 2014 - 2016
G-Star collaborates with Bionic Yarn to produce capsule collections made from recycled plastic bottles retrieved from the oceans. This is backed up by a consumer facing campaign called ‘Raw for the Oceans’, which includes a series of online and in store messages and activities to raise public awareness of the issue of plastic waste in the ocean.
In 2015, this Bionic Yarn accounted for 0.3% of G-Star’s total fibre usage by weight.
More information on Raw for the Oceans here.
Collaborator: Better Work Programme
Date Active: 2009 - Present
Better Work Vietnam is a partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), government, factories, workers and buyers to improve working conditions in Vietnamese apparel factories. Through this programme 137 factories are undergoing assessments against the ILO conventions and optionally receive training to improve performance where necessary. G-Star has been involved since the first baseline in 2009/10 together with its Vietnamese supplier Saitex.
(Image: Sarah Worthy)
Location: Global, with focus on China
Date Active: 2012 – Present
G-Star has been a member of ZDHC since 2012, and has publicly committed to achieving zero discharge of all hazardous chemicals from all production processes associated with G-Star products by 2020. Progress by 2015 included:
• Elimination of APEOs (since end August 2013)
• Elimination of phthalates (since end September 2013)
• Implementation of the G-Star manufacturing restricted substances list (October 2014)
As part of this membership G-Star has nominated five suppliers to take part in pilot of audits using ZDHC Generic Environmental audit protocol. Nominations focused on factories with higher environmental and chemical risk (vertically integrated CMT with printing, dyeing and/or in house washing, and denim suppliers with in house laundries). The aggregated results of these audits are available here.
Date Active: 2014 - Present
The Chinese Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE) has created a publicly available database for Chinese factories to self-disclose their effluent output, including types of chemicals discharged to the environment. This information helps communities understand the hazards and risks in their area, promoting public participation in environmental governance.
G-Star worked with its Chinese suppliers to baseline their chemical discharge, encouraging suppliers to disclose these results through the IPE database with G-Star's two most important Chinese garment suppliers disclosing through IPE so far (out of 9 Chinese garment suppliers in total).
(Image: Andrew Smith)
Location: Spain and Netherlands
Collaborator: Suppliers and textile recyclers
Date Active: 2009 – Present
G-Star has been collaborating with clothing recyclers and suppliers to develop new products from its waste denim. G-Star sends part of its pre and post consumer denim waste to be sorted, shredded and then re-spun into fabrics to create new ‘renewed’ denim products, with minimum 20% recycled content. This is currently in the pilot stage, with recycled cotton making up 0.1% of overall fibre use by weight.