Levi Strauss & Co. is the latest company to succumb to the demand to go green. According to WWD, the company recently reached an agreement with Greenpeace International to “accelerate its detoxification timetable and provide greater transparency in its supply chain.” A part of the agreement requires Levi’s to publicly disclose wastewater discharge from its 40 suppliers by the end of 2013. The company has also agreed to speed up, by six months, the phasing out of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in all production.
Although the agreement came on the heel of a series of protest against the company as well as the release of Greenpeace’s report “Toxic Threads,” we can still appreciate their effort to recognize their harmful ways and make a change. “Greenpeace officials acknowledged Levi’s had earlier beefed up enforcement of its ban on alkylphenol ethoxylates, or APEOs, which are used in some fabric detergents.”
Kudos to Levi’s, regardless of how they may have gotten to this point. We can only hope that other companies take a step towards cleaning up their manufacturing process.
StyleBlazers, are there any other companies you think need to take the plunge sooner rather than later?