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Inside Peru’s Mission to Become the Most Sustainable Garment Market

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Peru’s garment producers are widely known and recognized by our customers for high-quality apparel and service. Ultimately, our dream is to lead in another aspect: sustainability.

With the goal of becoming the most sustainable textile industry in the world, the Peru Textiles Exporters Association (PREVEX) is focusing on the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. We will deliver traceability and accountability, ensuring that all member companies adhere to quality and responsibility standards to be able to gain recognition as a Peru Textiles brand.

Peru’s sustainability strategy aims to make a positive impact on the economy, equity and the environment by focusing on the following five pillars.

Clean energy

At PREVEX, we are encouraging Peru-based manufacturers to use renewable energy. Supporting this agenda, our association is investing in solar panel parks. Our goal is to have all factories receive energy efficiency certifications, such as Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and Renewable Energy Resources (RER).

Water

We will certify the efficient and responsible use of water in our value chains, aiming for local and international certifications; for example, the Blue Certificate in collaboration with the Peruvian Government and the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

Carbon neutrality

Peru’s textile sector aims to become a carbon neutral industry in the medium term with a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, in line with Peru’s commitment. We also plan to support protected natural areas with carbon credits in alliance with the Government’s Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP). We aim to be carbon-neutral certified by 2021 and have the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) certificate.

Clean production

PREVEX will sign a Clean Production Agreement (APL) with the government to work together in reducing or eliminating residues and accelerate our move towards a circular economy model. On this front, we will apply for the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certificate.

Decent labor

The textile industry employs around 1 million people in Peru. Sixty percent of workers are women, and many of them represent the most important income in the household. Within this pillar, we aim to be Fair Trade Certified in cotton, sewing and factories.

Peru Textiles

Peru is positioned to succeed in this sustainable revolution due to our heritage in textile production. All members of PREVEX have been in the business for 30 years or more, with the oldest founded 120 years ago. Throughout this time and multiple generations of leadership, they have faced and overcome numerous crises including hyperinflation, terrorism, earthquakes, military coups and global financial collapses.

These financially solid companies have joined forces with the government to work together for the sustainable development of the industry, with the aim for the Peru Textiles brand to stand for quality with sustainability. The Peru Textiles brand is part of the government’s push to double garment production and exports by 2025 to $2.1 billion.

To learn more about Peru Textiles, click here.

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