Responsible & clean manufacturing is at the center of our core values.
Second to the oil and gas industry, textiles is the world's second largest polluter.
High energy use from textile manufacturing is a large source for pollution. The purchase and use of clothing contributes to approximately 3% of the world's CO2 emissions. This translates to roughly over 850 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 a year, from manufacturing, logistics, and usage such as washing, drying, and ironing . The traditional way of printing/dyeing and finishing of fabrics also involves the use of hazardous chemicals (ie. NPE). Growing cotton uses large amounts of fertilizers and pesticides. In 2009, cotton accounted for 6.2% of total global pesticide sales and 14.1% of insecticide sales for all crops . The use, overuse and misuse of pesticides can cause health effects to farmers and surrounding ecosystems .
What are we doing?
^1 Carbon Trust (2011), Clothing - International Carbon Flows (CTC973))
^2 Environment Agency, UK (2013). Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE) in imported textiles
^3 Measuring Sustainability in Cotton Farming Systems Towards a Guidance Framework, Cropnosis, SEEP ICAC and FAO, 2015.
^4 Sustainable Cotton Ranking 2017, Solidaridad & WWF
^5 Carbon Trust (2011), op.cit.)
Justin Allen is concerned about this.
We have committed to reducing the harmful effects of textile manufacturing through our commitment to 3 initiatives: carbon, chemical, and cotton. Scroll down to learn more.
Furthermore, since "doubling the useful life of clothing from one year to two years reduces emissions over the year by 24% ", Justin Allen focuses on providing high quality, high durability clothing that ensures the clothes coming from our factories are made to last.
Over 1600 factory workers have a safe, clean place to work, eat, live and play.
Well being is very important to us, which is why Justin Allen sponsors dormitories, meals and recreational facilities for all our workers. In Cambodia, our workers are part of Eat Well Program, where health and nutrition is placed at top priority. The program ensures that our efforts are dedicated towards workers eating properly and eating enough to live a healthy life.
Weekly football matches are also organised to ensure that the workers are staying active and have fun with each other.