Aldi Nord, AldiSud, Brand Fashion, KiK and Takko Fashion, fashion retailers based in Germany, have collaborated for a 2-year waste water management programme in the textile supply chain.
A project for federal government partnership for Sustainable Textile, the programme will run from 1 July 2020 to June 2022 with Taiwan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, Pakistan and Turkey being the main countries.
The collaboration focuses on the responsible dumping of text waste water from wet processing like dyeing, printing and bleaching – thereby reducing the negative environmental impact and the level of hazardous chemicals in waste water.
It consists of 13 other alliances including the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), F3 Fashion Cube (Orsay plus Partner), Bluesign, the Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI), Oeko-Tex, the Federal Environment Agency and the ZDHC Foundation.
The three-step approach consists of standardising the testing of waste water by improving the data quality. Moreover, with this it will achieve harmony and data exchange across the supply chain and scientific institutions.
“It is important that we can rely on the primary data that we receive from our partners in the supply chain. This also includes data from the deeper supply chain. The compliance with waste water standards plays a crucial role here for residents, workers and protects the environment in producing country,” said Yvonne Swoboda, corporate responsibility manager at Orsay.