One of the top denim mills in Turkey, Calik Denim aims to reinforce its sustainable position in the international arena by dedicating 2% of its revenue to R&D and allotting more than 0.5 million dollars to environmental spending in 2019 — the investments are already helping clients like H&M, Zara, Diesel, Gap, Tommy and others to towards sustainable fashion.
Calik’s recent sustainability report showed how the Turkish denim mill carries its motto, ‘passion for denim, passion for life,’ in its work and sustainable strategy by giving added value to the denim industry, the environment and people.
It does this by following three pillars: leading with innovative products, creating a positive impact for/with stakeholders and reducing its impact on the environment.
To ensure a robust sustainable implementation, Calik Denim implemented a new Transparency Monitoring System (TMS) for measuring its inputs in production. TMS is a vital tool for the mill to precisely measure the savings of two game-changing dyeing and wash alternatives that it plans to scale.
“There are numerous hurdles that deter global environmental and social transformation, but the trials are also what motivates Calik Denim.”
Besides, with its Denethic line of fabrics, Calik eradicates the necessity to wash jeans after sewing, therefore saving 15-44% water usage. The line comprises denim fabrics that have the entrance of being traditionally washed, rinsed, and enzyme washed or bleached.
Calik uses 40% less indigo dyeing with D-Clear and 83% less water throughout the treatment process, significantly reducing the water consumption per meter of fabric manufactured by more than 5 liters and reducing the volume of the chemicals used per meter of fabric manufactured by 94%.
This amazing technology is used in 10% of the current fall fabric collection, however, Calik plans to gradually increase the use of D-Clear.
Calik Denim targets to use D-Clear technology in 50% of indigo dyeing processes for the collections by 2020, 75% by 2023 and 100% by 2025.
Fatih Doğan, CEO, Calik Denim said, “There are numerous hurdles that deter global environmental and social transformation, but the trials are also what motivates Calik Denim.”
“Therefore, we have redefined our approach to sustainability from a strategic point of view to adapt to such changing circumstances and pioneer sustainability within the industry,” specified Doğan in the report.
“We aim to turn such risks into opportunities, manage the impact of denim on life, create positive value for and deliver benefits to our stakeholders,” Doğan added.
The report, prepared in compliance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards ‘core’ option, is part of Calik’s 2019 pledge to UN’s Global Compact, which inspires businesses to implement sustainable and socially responsible policies and report on their application.
Under this, the mill provides its economic, social, environmental and governance performance from Jan. 1, 2018, to Dec. 31, 2019, and offers information about its contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the targets it has for 2025.
To reduce textile waste, Calik has Recycle and Oeko-Tex certificates to use as guidance for the company’s waste management processes.
The report also highlighted that contracts have been made with related waste disposal firms for hazardous waste and with recycling firms for other non-hazardous waste.
Furthermore, the mill is working with İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University to develop insulation derived from cotton waste.