Vietnam’s textile and garment industry is investing in sustainable and eco-friendly technologies to be on the same page as several global companies. This has become a necessity for suppliers as the European Union (EU), a big market for Vietnamese businesses in this sector, has proposed new environmental requirements for imported textiles till 2050.
Danish-owned Specter’s new green apparel factory in the An Giang province started operation on September 30, specialising in outdoor sportswear for export and will be partly powered by renewable energy.
The facility, which has received a Gold LEED certificate, uses solar energy and contemporary architecture to cut its annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 1,600 tonnes. This is Specter’s third facility in Vietnam.
Hanoi Textile and Garment JSC (Hanosimex) and South Korea’s Hansae Group signed an agreement earlier this month for a project in Vietnam for recycled textiles for export.
Both will be the first in Vietnam’s textile sector to develop a comprehensive distribution network from yarn to weaving, dying and sewing, entirely for recycled goods, Kyung Kim, Senior Vice President of Hansae Group, was quoted as saying. About 4,000 tonnes of recycled fabric for the EU market are expected to be manufactured.
“The signing of a strategic collaboration agreement between Hanosimex and Hansae will assist both parties in increasing the volume and percentage of knitted goods of recycled origin and eco-friendly fashion items,” said Le Tien Truong, Chairman at Vinatex, the parent business of Hanosimex.