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New Guidebook Outlines Wet Processing Efficiencies for Dutch Agreement

In order to tackle an initiative as large as sustainability, the denim industry needs education and collaboration—and a new guidebook aims to check both of these boxes.

The NGO Solidaridad, a global organization committed to sustainability, recently published a Wet Processing Guidebook for the Dutch Agreement on Sustainable Garments and Textile (AGT) homing in on the dyeing, printing and finishing areas of the garment supply chain.

The Dutch AGT is a five-year initiative established in 2016 to form better supply chain practices in the global garment sector. Signatories includes brands like C&A, Esprit and G-Star Raw as well as the Foreign Trade Association (FTA), along with other industry associations, trade unions, NGOs, and the National Government of the Netherlands.

The guidebook provides a comprehensive look at wet processing, outlining first what it is, as well as its environmental impacts, chemicals management and health and safety standards for employees. The guidebook provides a list tools and additional resources for reducing the use of resources and limiting waste every step of the way.

The guidebook comes at a time when the industry is challenged to develop supply-chain processes that use fewer resources and create less waste.

Recently, Artistic Milliners debuted Crystal Clear 3.0, an updated process that reduces water consumption by 80 percent as a combined wet process that is also powered by Jeanologia’s G2 Dynamic ozone technology. Tonello also recently overhauled its laser machine range to boost speed and efficiency in the finishing process.

The Netherlands has been a region especially focused on sustainability. In November, the Dutch government introduced the Denim Deal, a three-year initiative by public and private organizations to help make the global denim supply chain more sustainable.

Brands such as Mud Jeans, Kings of Indigo, House of Denim and Scotch & Soda committed to the deal, which calls for the use of at least 5 percent recycled textile in all denim garments.