Recommended Green Practices for Exporting Sustainable Clothing to Canada

HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese companies have been urged to adopt green practices to ensure sustainable growth in textile and apparel exports to Canada, where Việt Nam ranks second among exporters of these products.

Data from Canada shows that Việt Nam exported approximately US$1.2 billion worth of textiles and apparel to the North American market in 2021. Export growth stood at 40.8% from 2018 to 22. By leveraging the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), to which both parties are signatories, revenues could reach $1.5 billion this year.

However, Trần Thu Quỳnh, Trade Counselor and Head of Việt Nam Trade Office in Canada, said that to achieve sustainable export growth, companies should design a carbon reduction strategy, adopt a circular production model, using recyclable materials and clean energy, and practicing Energy Efficiency.

They also need to keep abreast of new industry certificate systems and comply with buyers’ reporting requirements, she told the Vietnam News Agency.

The official noted that the trade office is working to publicize the sustainable and circular production capabilities of Vietnamese companies and introduce companies with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificates to Canadian partners.

Quỳnh said “greening” is an inevitable trend in the textile and garment industry, forcing companies in Việt Nam to strive for sustainable development.

In particular, in response to Canada’s demand for diversification of sources of supply, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka have become strong rivals thanks to their capacities to manufacture sophisticated products. This is another challenge for Vietnamese companies, according to Quỳnh.

At the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada show held at the Toronto Convention Center from November 7-9, the Việt Nam pavilion gives international partners a glimpse of the country’s textile and apparel industry, which is strives to apply environmentally friendly technology. It also encourages major brands in North America to pay attention to the opportunities created by the CPTPP to strengthen connectivity in production and supply chains with Việt Nam.

Also at this event, the largest of its kind in North America, the Việt Nam trade office had a meeting with the head of the Canadian Apparel Federation to discuss directions for cooperation in the industry.

Thanks to the full reopening, Canadian demand for textile and apparel imports had rebounded strongly. Insiders argued that there was plenty of room for Việt Nam to increase its exports to this market despite considerable competitive pressure. VNS

Michael O. Stutler