SUSTAINABILITY AT SMART SHIRTS

OUR COMMITMENT

At Smart Shirts, we believe that sustainability is the cornerstone of any successful business. We continuously strive to implement and improve environmental conscious measures within our organization to maintain our leading status with the apparel manufacturing industry.

With our recent participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference on behalf of China's manufacturing industry, we demonstrated our dedication and commitment towards improving the environment and minimize impact on climate change.

We established our climate action framework and set out definitive strategies to reduce our carbon footprint, minimize water and energy consumption and introduce green innovation methods to reuse and recycle valuable resources, thus achieving a sustainable circular economy.

Equivalent measures will be implemented at all our production facilities to ensure as an organization, we are moving in the same direction.

OUR GOAL

Carbon Emission Reduce 30% by 2030
Zero Chemical Discharge by 2030

Renewable Energy – Solar Panels

Utilization of solar energy as a sustainable source to provide electricity at a number of our factory locations including Vietnam, Cambodia and Sri Lanka to significantly reduce energy use and emissions of greenhouse gases.

Energy Saving – LED Lighting System

Office locations, garment factories, fabric manufacturing sites are all being updated with low energy usage LED lighting.

By just convert 5000 light to LED, carbon emission can be reduced by 600 tons per year.

Energy Saving – Liquid Petroleum Boilers

Heat generation is required for fabric production and our plan is to replace all existing coal boilers to liquefied petroleum gas boilers at our mills.

With our expected increase in capacity, we will reduce carbon emission by 12,000 tons every year.

Water Saving – Heated Water Recycling

Waste water can be re-introduced into the manufacturing cycle via a sophisticated exchange system.

Water reach high temperatures after the fabric manufacture process. This heat can be recycled and used to heat up clean cold water, hence creating a continuous water and energy saving cycle.

Chemical Management – Water Treatment

Water treatment plants are located within our production facilities to ensure all fluids are carefully filter and treated before released.

All components comply with ZDHC (zero discharge of hazardous chemicals) guidelines, making sure to minimize impact to the surrounding environment.

Chemical Management – Sludge Treatment

Residuals from water treatment known as sludge is treated via an anaerobic treatment processes.

The cost and energy involved in disposing the sludge is much lower that traditional aerobic process whilst also creating gas and bio-carbons that can be become an energy source to produce steam.

Raw Material – Cotton Recycling

Our in-house recycled cotton manufacturing system with the ability to regenerating old garments and waste cotton scraps into new recycled cotton fiber.

These renewed cotton fibers can then be used to spin into new yarns, knitted into new fabrics and sewn into new garments – a true representation of textile circularity.

Product Innovation – Sustainable Fibers

Our R&D teams continue to explore new technologies and opportunities to integrate sustainable raw materials into the product.

From organic cotton, recycled synthetics yarns, raw fibers from timber and plants to using natural dyeing techniques.

Our relentless drive to push boundaries and experiment with new possibilities helps strengthen our product knowledge and provide creative solutions to our customers.

Technology – Automation

Adopting new process technology that fundamentally improves the efficiency reduces overall energy consumption, contributing to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Most of our production locations are now equipped with the latest operational improvements via automation, simplifying traditionally labor intensive assembly processes.

Technology – Digital Design

Design and development using digital platforms and 3D technology is fast becoming an essential tool for the manufacturing industry.

The transition from 2D design to 3D true-to-life images can dramatically speed up the development process, reducing the need for actual fabric and sample production.

Transmitting digital files instead of physical garments save cost and valuable resources, whilst leaving behind less carbon footprint.

SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARDS

MEMBER OF BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE

BETTERWORK ACCREDITATIONS

HIGG Index Verified
(Sustainable Apparel Coalition)

BMI – BETTER MILL INITIATIVE

CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT ZDHC