Gildan, an apparel and hosiery manufacturer recently partnered with Vancouverbased Sans Soucie Textile and Design, a zero-waste clothing and textile design studio that transforms off cuts from nylon for hosiery into new hand-made materials for garment production. The new partnership is part of Gildan’s mission to save fabric waste from landfills—89 per cent of which is already upcycled into other products. Gildan’s new partnership follows its recent environmental commitments.

The Sans Soucie partnership, are part of its Genuine Responsibility 2020 Goals that aim to improve the company’s supply chain over the next three years. Gildan currently ships hosiery waste to Sans Soucie from its Montreal-based Gildan Apparel Canada Manufacturing facility.

Katherine Soucie, a Sustainable Designer, founded Sans Soucie to minimize the negative impact of garment production waste. The company’s unique closed-loop process transforms discarded textiles, including hosiery, into new functional materials with low impact dyes and reused water. Soucie also supports domestic sustainability collaboration, which was why she teamed up with Gildan.

Soucie said that she has always been motivated by this concept of working with Canadian manufactured materials. As a designer, she wanted to try to find an alternative method in how she approached the design process to create work that would not only support existing Canadian manufacturers but allowed for the opportunity for collaboration, new pathways and design ideas to emerge with the intent to inspire others and to create alternative business models.

Gildan’s eco-friendly efforts, including reducing energy usage intensity by 10 per cent and facilitating waste management projects. It is the only North American business in the Apparel, Luxury Goods and Textile industry group in the DJSI World Index.