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Esprit to increase more sustainable viscose production

Esprit, the Hong-Kong based fashion brand, has committed to raise sustainable viscose production as outlined by Changing Markets Foundation roadmap.

Esprit will work with suppliers and viscose manufacturers to move to a closed loop production system by 2023-25. With this, Esprit commits to improve the manufacturing process of viscose and modal fibers.

Esprit to increase more sustainable viscose production
Figure: To minimize the effects of harmful chemicals in the manufacturing processes, Esprit will increase more sustainable viscose production.

Following the roadmap outlined by the Changing Markets Foundation, Esprit is going to take all steps to promote and improve the sustainable production of viscose and modal fibers. It will clearly communicate procurement requirements and evaluate the environmental impact of the production process and social impacts of suppliers along the whole supply chain.

The goal is to minimize the effects of harmful chemicals in the manufacturing processes by adopting a closed loop system, Esprit said in a press release.

Viscose is the third most used fiber in the textile industry after polyester and cotton, and its use in clothing is rising day by day.

It has the potential to be a largely sustainable fiber, as it is made from plant matter and is biodegradable. However, manufacturing viscose requires hazardous chemicals.

Esprit is already working on using more sustainable cellulose fibers and joined the Canopy Style initiative in 2015. The policy commits brands to stop sourcing the raw material for their viscose and rayon textiles from ancient and endangered forests. The initiative has now elapsed 125 brand partners representing over $134 billion in annual revenue, including H&M, Zara/Inditex, Stella McCartney and VF Corp.

Last Month, Esprit became the first fashion brand to sign a joint initiative between two European sustainable textile enterprises- The German Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textiles.

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