XDD Textile launches circular closed-loop system to reduce denim waste – Sourcing Journal
XDD Textile, a vertically integrated fabric producer that operates four factories across Vietnam, is making further progress in circularity with its new closed-loop system using the XDD wastewater recycling process.
The main purpose of the closed-loop system is to reuse and recycle waste, which has been vital for the company since Vietnam banned the import of certain waste into the country.
The system is certified by the renowned Control Union of Turkey, which accredits efforts to develop sustainable supply chains in textiles and other industries. XDD says the system is the only one of its kind in Vietnam to achieve certification.
The company collects waste and clothing inventory from local factories, as well as its own cut waste. It then dissolves and regenerates the fiber and reweaves the yarn before moving on to the fabric production process. It also recycles cut waste from its own production. Overall, the system regenerates 10-15% of all waste collected.
The key to regenerating denim, says XDD, is to apply denim waste to similar products to maintain quality.
Because it prioritizes waste reduction, XDD is certified in the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and Carbon-Zero programs. The fabric is Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certified and offers full traceability so brands know exactly where their denim comes from.
What is a “closed loop” system?
A closed-loop system is one in which products are designed, manufactured, used and handled in such a way that they circulate in society for as long as possible. Ideally, these products circulate with maximum ease of use, minimum negative environmental impacts, minimum waste generation and with the most efficient use of water, energy and other resources. throughout their life cycle. This includes recycling waste back into production systems, as well as making products that can be reused or repaired.
The tide of trash may be turning. There is a strong business case for closing the loop on denim waste. Seven full-time jobs and 15 indirect jobs would be created for every 1,000 tonnes of used textiles collected. XDD aims to reduce the waste going to landfill by 15% and the total lifecycle waste of its products by 3.5%.
As fashion brands and designers respond to new ethical and sustainable trends, and shoppers increasingly engage in apparel swaps, recycling, and “pre-loved” (i.e. say used), the prospect of a “zero waste fashion” could begin to materialize.
Act: traceability and transparency
The company has collaborated with Textile Genesis, which is a platform for customers to trace the source of every fiber produced. Along with this partnership, XDD purchased 100% BCI certified cotton from various countries around the world. XDD has been spinning a high number of yarns since 2013, especially for brands such as Supima. All cotton purchased in the United States has received certifications from the US Cotton Trust Protocol and the Higg Index, making the fabric traceable and transparent.
XDD also buys organic cotton from Turkey and India. Despite the current global shortage of cotton, XDD claims to have a stable supply which allows it to maintain a stock of over 20,000 tons. This way, the company is ready for any size order to meet shopper demands and can offer brands a “never out of stock” promise.