By Rachel Cernansky
Levi’s, Kering, Burberry and other signatories of the Science Based Targets initiative are combating greenhouse gas emissions in the most consequential — and challenging — parts of their supply chains.
As brands sign up to Science Based Targets to combat climate change, their biggest challenge is establishing sustainability best practices at supplier plants they don’t control and that are scattered around the world.
Levi’s partners saved a combined $1 million through steps like improving lighting and leak-reduction systems.
The industry is investing heavily in material innovation and supporting startups that have flexibility and capacity that traditional brands lack.
Many fashion brands are also investing in new technologies and materials they hope will reduce their suppliers’ emissions counts. That includes organic or recycled fibres such as Econyl, a nylon made from recycled plastic.