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Environment & Supply Chain
Our supply chain is a very important piece of the sustainability puzzle, where both people and planet are key stakeholders of our actions. On this page we will focus on environmental issues in the supply chain and what we are doing for our planet.
To learn more about what we’re doing for people working in our supply chain, please read more here.
There is a heavy dependence on natural resources within the fashion industry, at the same time it’s senseless that so many clothes and discarded textiles end up in landfill. It is obvious that the fashion industry needs to change. At NA‑KD we are committed to do our part of transforming the fashion industry to become more and more sustainable.
All our new suppliers agree to
  • Share environmental data with NA‑KD through the Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM), hosted by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Higg Co.
  • Have at least one certificate for production with more sustainable materials;
    for example GOTS certified organic cotton.
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The supply chain environmental challenges
The fashion industry has a significant impact on climate change, ranging somewhere between 3–10% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Raw materials, yarn and fabric production as well as garment manufacturing represents more than 2/3rds of greenhouse gas emissions. Production also comes with environmental challenges such as water usage, scarcity and discharge, chemical use and potential pollutions, as well as impacts on soils and biodiversity. That’s why we at NA‑KD think it’s of essence to address the environmental challenges in the entire fashion supply chain.
Finding the sustainability hot spots
Continuous improvements to reduce environmental impact is an integral part of the day-to-day work for us at NA‑KD and for our partners. We use the Higg Index’s Facility Environmental Module (FEM) through our collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The Higg Index is a performance platform that identifies, tracks and manages environmental impacts of a facility over time. It enables identification of sustainability hot spots, and improvement opportunities.
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The Higg Index FEM focuses on six areas of environmental sustainability in our production:
  1. Environmental Management Systems
  2. Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emission
  3. Water Use and Wastewater
  4. Emission to Air
  5. Waste Management
  6. Chemical Use and Management
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Where we are now
During 2020, 52% of our suppliers (representing 79% in terms of spend) shared their environmental data with us through the Higg Index FEM 2019 self-assessment. This corresponds to 101 out of 191 tier 1 factories.
As of 2020, we have incorporated the Higg Index in our Sustainability Criteria for producers. That means all new producers must sign up to the Higg FEM after they start working with us. The producers not registered fall into three groups. The first group is those specialising in product categories not covered by the Higg FEM, such as cosmetics. The second group consists of newly onboarded producers with no prior experience of the Higg Index or FEM self-assessment, who require time to study the module before registering. The third group of producers are those we are in the process of phasing out in 2020 and early 2021, and that we therefore do not require to join the Higg Index.
Water, chemicals and energy
Exciting projects
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With Jeanologia, jeans are manufactured with up to 85% less chemicals in production, up to 98% less water use, and up to 79% less energy used.
To create a “used worn” look on the jeans, Jeanologia is using laser technology instead of traditional sandblasting, hand sanding and PP spray.
For example, check out these, and these, and these.
Vegetable dye
We recently started to work with vegetable dyed fabrics in Turkey. In this dying process, only waste from fruit and vegetable crops are used. Lemon, pomegranate, rose petals, lavender and walnut shells give colour to both denim and jersey.
The process requires 25% less water and creates an anti-allergenic garment. Check out these, and these, and these!
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To understand more about the climate impact from our supply chain, we have calculated our climate footprint according to the GHG protocol. We have also set bold reduction targets and will work actively to reduce emissions across our value chain. The supply chain in naturally in focus of this work as it stands for the largest share of our emissions.
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