Making Vietnam’s Essential Garment Industry Sustainable: VITAS

Transform the domestic sustainable clothing industry is essential to fully exploit the opportunities arising from free trade agreements and integrate deeply into the global value chain, according to the Vietnam Garment and Apparel Association (VITAS), who recently said the government’s commitment at COP26 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 would push industry to go green.

Association President Vu Duc Giang said most fashion brands in the United States, Japan and the European Union (EU) are now more demanding on product quality and durability following the pandemic.

They also expect suppliers to use green and recycled materials to meet global consumer trends, which means manufacturers must be transparent in production and ensure product traceability, which was no longer a option but a mandatory requirement, according to Vietnamese media.

Making the domestic apparel industry sustainable is essential to fully exploit opportunities arising from free trade agreements and integrate deeply into the global value chain, according to the Vietnam Garment and Apparel Association, which said Vietnam’s commitment at COP26 to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 would push the industry to go green.

Although greening the apparel supply chain is a trend, investment has mainly been in upgrading production to save water or use solar energy, while little attention has been given to development new environmentally friendly materials, according to VITAS.

Giang also believes that it is necessary to improve national environmental laws to ensure adequacy with global requirements and the situation in Vietnam.

The government should also develop industrial zones specializing in the production of garments and textiles, which meet sewage treatment standards, he added.

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Michael O. Stutler