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Apparel Impact Institute expands mill improvement program


The Apparel Impact Institute (Aii), which scales up textile mill improvements by using the National Resources Defense Council’s Clean by Design methodology, is expanding its program to include not just foundational low-key projects, but also intermediate- and advanced-level initiatives that can reduce environmental impacts worldwide.

This year, Aii is augmenting its signature program for energy and water efficiency for textile mills with a pilot project that incorporates best practices for chemistry and wastewater management. For this program, AII is taking a multi-stakeholder approach, receiving both financial and strategic support from institutions like HSBC, IDH, the Schmidt Family Foundation and Stitching Doen and brands and retailers such as Burberry, Gap, Target, Levi Strauss, New Balance, Puma and PVH Corp.

Since 2017, Aii’s programs have helped hundreds of facilities in mainland China, Taiwan, India and Vietnam, verify savings and identify opportunities for further improvement. In addition, Its Clean by Design methodology has demonstrated an excellent environmental and financial return on investment with expecting to recoup their investments in 14 months.