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Textile suppliers promise to go green

Six of Italy's biggest textile suppliers have made commitments to eliminate hazardous chemicals.These suppliers, Miroglio, Berbrand, AttilioImperiali, Italdenim, Besani and Zip, produce textile materials and accessories for a number of global luxury and fashion brands.

The suppliers have been investing in new, sustainable printing technologies with a low environmental impact and have remarkably reduced water consumption, energy use and Co2 emissions in the supply chain.Further customers will be able to follow the steps each company takes towards its commitment via its website, making it easier for them to be held accountable for their actions.

In 2013 alone these six companies produced roughly 25,000 miles of printed textile material, enough to stretch around the earth’s circumference. These commitments could, directly or indirectly, impact the production of roughly 70 million garments a year.

With these textile suppliers now showing the way, the door is now open for clothing brands to demonstrate a similar commitment. These groundbreaking commitments are proof that beautiful, toxic-free fashion is becoming the industry norm.

Italian fashion businesses are now beginning to address sustainability issues. While some labels such as Burberry and Valentino have since committed to toxic-free fashion, other big names including Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Dolce &Gabbana have yet to commit.


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