Vietnamese denim manufacturer launches sustainable “factory-farm”

Rendering of Saitex’s new denim plant in Vietnam

Saitex, a Vietnam-based denim manufacturer which describes itself as a leader in sustainable manufacturing practices and the world’s most sustainable denim producer, is opening a new manufacturing plant in Vietnam which has been designed as a highly sustainable, energy-saving and environmentally-friendly facility which also comprises a vegetable farm.

The “factory-farm,” which will mill denim from cotton and produces denim for a number of global fashion houses and garment retailers, is scheduled to open in August 2021 and is spreading over a total 100,000 square meter land at the Nhon Trach Industrial Zone in Dong Nai province northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Some 50 per cent of the land is used by buildings and 40 per cent by farming, the rest by transport lines.

The plant has been built with materials in order to achieve LEED gold certification, the highest green building certification by the US Green Building Council, the company says. The roof reflects the sun, natural ventilation is installed for production, office and communal spaces.

Special water circulation

Additionally, a custom water filtration and recycling system is set-up which allows the facility to operate without the use of freshwater, achieving a closed-loop and a system to collect rainwater for flushing factory toilets, irrigation and firefighting.

The mill also has 15,000 solar panels with an up to four megawatt capacity, while 40 per cent of the steam used for the milling is generated with industrial sludge.

Six tonnes of vegetables per year

With regards to farming, Saitex is using an organic hydroponic clean farming system over 24,000 square meters which will produce six tonnes of clean vegetables per year, according to the company. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, Saitex has planted 6,000 trees within the industrial park and 50 hectares of mangrove trees on the mill site.

Saitex, which was founded by Indian entrepreneur Sanjeev Bahl in 2005 and moved to sustainable denim production in 2010, today has five facilities globally, employs more than 4.500 people and produces 20.000 pairs of jeans per day. Among its customers are ethical fashion labels such as Everlane, Eileen Fisher and G-Star Raw, in addition to Madewell, J. Crew, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, Outerknown, American Eagle, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein Jeans, Banana Republic and others.



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Rendering of Saitex's new denim plant in Vietnam Saitex, a Vietnam-based denim manufacturer which describes itself as a leader in sustainable manufacturing practices and the world's most sustainable denim producer, is opening a new manufacturing plant in Vietnam which has been designed as a highly sustainable, energy-saving and environmentally-friendly facility which also comprises a vegetable farm. The “factory-farm,” which will mill denim from cotton and produces denim for a number of global fashion houses and garment retailers, is scheduled to open in August 2021 and is spreading over a total 100,000 square meter land at the Nhon Trach Industrial Zone...

Rendering of Saitex’s new denim plant in Vietnam

Saitex, a Vietnam-based denim manufacturer which describes itself as a leader in sustainable manufacturing practices and the world’s most sustainable denim producer, is opening a new manufacturing plant in Vietnam which has been designed as a highly sustainable, energy-saving and environmentally-friendly facility which also comprises a vegetable farm.

The “factory-farm,” which will mill denim from cotton and produces denim for a number of global fashion houses and garment retailers, is scheduled to open in August 2021 and is spreading over a total 100,000 square meter land at the Nhon Trach Industrial Zone in Dong Nai province northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Some 50 per cent of the land is used by buildings and 40 per cent by farming, the rest by transport lines.

The plant has been built with materials in order to achieve LEED gold certification, the highest green building certification by the US Green Building Council, the company says. The roof reflects the sun, natural ventilation is installed for production, office and communal spaces.

Special water circulation

Additionally, a custom water filtration and recycling system is set-up which allows the facility to operate without the use of freshwater, achieving a closed-loop and a system to collect rainwater for flushing factory toilets, irrigation and firefighting.

The mill also has 15,000 solar panels with an up to four megawatt capacity, while 40 per cent of the steam used for the milling is generated with industrial sludge.

Six tonnes of vegetables per year

With regards to farming, Saitex is using an organic hydroponic clean farming system over 24,000 square meters which will produce six tonnes of clean vegetables per year, according to the company. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, Saitex has planted 6,000 trees within the industrial park and 50 hectares of mangrove trees on the mill site.

Saitex, which was founded by Indian entrepreneur Sanjeev Bahl in 2005 and moved to sustainable denim production in 2010, today has five facilities globally, employs more than 4.500 people and produces 20.000 pairs of jeans per day. Among its customers are ethical fashion labels such as Everlane, Eileen Fisher and G-Star Raw, in addition to Madewell, J. Crew, GAP, Tommy Hilfiger, Outerknown, American Eagle, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein Jeans, Banana Republic and others.



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