- Marking 40 yearsand anniversary, the global leader in textile innovation and apparel manufacturing embraces the science-based, SDG-aligned benchmark to rally the fashion industry towards a regenerative and restorative future
- Flagship commitments include pursuing the use of 100% renewable energy by 2030; more than 60% of all polyester will come from recycled PET by 2023; supporting women inside and outside of the group’s manufacturing facilities through initiatives to address menstrual poverty and improve financial literacy
LONDON, May 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Alpine Group – a longtime manufacturing partner for renowned fashion brands such as The North Face, American Eagle Outfitters, Under Armor and Sweaty Betty – becomes the premier apparel manufacturing and textile innovation company in the world to undertake the Future-Fit Business Benchmark. The science-based strategic management tool aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and clearly sets the destination for companies wishing to assess what still needs to be done to take credible action towards a future society.
Announced on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Alpine Groupand anniversary, the adoption of the benchmark marks a significant step forward in the progress of an industry where consumers, investors and employees are demanding more accountability, especially from brands. The Alpine Group’s commitments to sustainability, as determined by the Benchmark, underscore the critical role that textile innovation and apparel manufacturing play in driving systemic change throughout the value chain of the fashion.
“In the early years, when I visited textile and dye factories, I had witnessed firsthand the damage done by the industry, and few seemed to care about sustainability then. Fixing this broken system requires a collective effort,” said Ashok Mahtani, Co-founder and President of the Alpine Group. “At Alpine, we have spent the past 40 years researching and pioneering sustainable breakthroughs in materials science and manufacturing technology. Embracing the Future-Fit Business Benchmark is now our way of accelerating change by bringing the rest of the industry – brands and partners – on this journey with us. We do this so that our innovation and manufacturing can positively impact the entire value chain.”
In line with the Future-Fit Business Benchmark, Alpine Group is pursuing a comprehensive sustainability strategy dubbed “Threading the Future” which will address three holistic impact areas, namely materials and innovation; Development and empowerment of people; as well as environmental impact and community action.
Lewis Shuler, Innovation Manager at Paradise Textiles, the Alpine Group’s dedicated innovation hub, said: “The apparel industry has long been mired in debates over the issue of sustainability, often ducking even as greenwashing continues unabated. What our industry needs to adapt fashion for the future is more collaboration on other solutions from all angles.” He added, “Our sustainability innovations include our work on textile-to-textile recycling technology and processes that help minimize waste at scale, and therefore at an affordable price. Beyond textile recycling, we also continue to research and lobby for the use of better bio-based alternatives that deliver performance, such as corn and hemp, while deploying advanced Physical Tracer technology that facilitates transparency and authenticity of all materials that we use.
Alpine Group’s announcement as the world’s first textile innovation and apparel manufacturing company to adopt the Future-Fit Business Benchmark follows the recent launch of its “Factory of the Future” as part of the manufacturing facilities state-of-the-art from Alex Apparels to Egypt. Scheduled to open in late 2022, the plant is expected to provide over 2,000 additional jobs to the local community. The Group is in the process of obtaining LEED Gold certification for the facility, a voluntary environmental certification system to recognize the sustainability attributes of building design, construction, operation and maintenance.
Commenting on the significance of the Alpine Group announcement for the industry as a whole, Doctor Geoff Kendallco-founder and CEO of Future-Fit Foundation, said: “The transition to true sustainability is going to be long and difficult for any business – and like any journey, you won’t get very far if you don’t know exactly where you are going. The Future-Fit Business Benchmark sets the destination all companies should aim and offer guidance to achieve this. Unfortunately, many companies still find the idea of true transformation daunting, so settle for incremental improvement of the unsustainable status quo. This widespread lack of ambition does not only underscores the importance of Alpine Group’s commitment to Future-Fit. This is a landmark development that will pave the way for the fashion industry as a whole. Hopefully other organizations will follow suit. the example of Alpine Group – to play their part in building a better world.
SOURCE Alpine Group