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Vaude plans to broaden environmental stewardship initiative

German outdoor clothing brand Vaude has announced it will be extending its ‘Environmental Stewardship in the Supply Chain’ initiative to all its textile suppliers. Over the last two years the project has saved firms over $58,000 each says Vaude. At present Vaude rolls out the project to 100 per cent of its material suppliers as compared to previously where the project covered 80 per cent of the primary materials and lining fabrics used in the company’s products. Earlier this year, Ecotextile News reported on end of the project, after Vaude announced its success in Asia.

Vaude says the project has made mass energy savings after introducing measures to shut down hydraulic pumps when not in use, using energy from solar panels, and modernising defunct systems. Participating factories saw the introduction of professional chemical management systems, which automated storage, transportation and disposal of chemicals. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will continue to promote and support the project when Vaude extends the project to all of its material suppliers.