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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 31:
4th quarter 2009

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Fast track: message from ISPO 2010--sports brands should pursue the older generation (7 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 4th quarter 2009 (10 pages)
Sustainability in performance apparel: meeting the demands of an eco-conscious marketplace (43 pages)
Profile of Anvil Knitwear: an environmentally responsible apparel supplier (11 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, 4th quarter 2009 (19 pages)

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Sustainability in performance apparel: meeting the demands of an eco-conscious marketplace

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The performance apparel industry has often been singled out for the damage its operations cause to the environment, and for the poor working conditions in some of the factories it uses. However, many of the leading brand companies and their suppliers have responded positively to such criticism in a bid to satisfy the demands of an increasingly eco-conscious marketplace. Some firms have gone even further and have shown a genuine commitment to protecting the planet by reducing their carbon footprint and pursuing socially responsible policies in every aspect of their businesses.

Many companies have sought to minimise the impact of their operations on the environment by using recycled materials and offering recyclable products. Some are trying out new materials, processes and technologies which hold the promise of reducing pollution, increasing energy efficiency and minimising waste. A growing number are incorporating less conventional eco-friendly fibres such as bamboo and organic cotton—as well as materials made from biopolymers rather than polymers derived from petrochemicals. Greater attention is being paid to the safety of dyestuffs used in coloration, while emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and plasma technology are providing opportunities for the industry to use more sustainable methods of manufacture.

Consumers are playing their part in reducing the carbon footprint of performance apparel by buying increasing quantities organic clothing, using more eco-friendly clothing care methods, and recycling unwanted garments. Governments, too, are playing an active role in steering the performance apparel industry away from unsustainable practices, while environmental groups and lobbyists are working to ensure that such practices are highly publicised and condemned.

Companies are acknowledging that sustainability has become a necessity rather than an option, given the threat of climate change. Also, they are recognising that they can gain a competitive edge by showing that they are committed to environmentally and socially responsible practices. However, a major challenge is to ensure that such commitment is echoed throughout the industry’s long and highly complex supply chains. Good progress has been made in cleaning up the industry, and the future is bright for those companies which put sustainability high on their agendas. But greater efforts are needed to increase awareness among consumers about the green credentials of the products they buy. Better and more comprehensive labelling could play a greater role in providing such information.

Table of Contents
Sustainability in performance apparel: meeting the demands of an eco-conscious marketplace
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Challenges to sustainability in the performance apparel industry
  • Environmental impact of fibre production and textile processing by fibre type
  • Environmental impact of chemical usage in the performance apparel industry
  • Environmental impact of water and energy usage in the performance apparel industry
  • Environmental impact of water and energy usage in the transportation and retailing of performance apparel
  • Water and energy use in clothing care
  • Environmental impact of waste generation
  • Working conditions and sustainability in the performance apparel industry
  • Key drivers of sustainability initiatives
  • Ways of achieving sustainability in the performance apparel industry
  • Fibres and fabrics with eco-friendly properties
  • Dyes with eco-friendly properties
  • Eco-friendly fabric treatments
  • Sustainable clothing care
  • Recycling of performance apparel
  • Ethical social standards
  • Certification and labelling of sustainable performance apparel
  • Sustainability programmes maintained by key performance apparel suppliers: Adidas, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Patagonia and Wal-Mart
  • Examples of sustainable products and technologies from Asics, Colorep, Dow Corning and Devan Chemicals, Nilit, Optimer Brands, Cornell University, Henri Lloyd, Swany America, Teijin Fibers and Unifi

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