Levi's make jeans with recycled water
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Saturday, 15 March 2014 14:41




The jean manufacturer Levi Strauss has developed a new way of making their jeans using 100% recycled water. The new process has already saved 12 million litres of water when used during a trial run of 100,000 pairs of women's jeans. The technique has been developed in a bid to reduce the amount of freshwater which is used it the production of its garments. 

The trial run took place at the company's factory in China where all the fresh water used in the final finishing process is saved and uses it in subsequent runs. This water is cleaned and treated allowing it to be used over and over again. According to Reza Hosseini from Levi's, the water can be used multiple times as long as it meets the quality standards expected. 

Levi's is one of the first companies of its type to take water recycling seriously and they believe that all their supplier factories could change the way they use water. The scheme is planned to be scaled up over the next few months and the company promises to share the technology with industry stakeholders so it can be used by other manufacturers. 

Levi's was recently described as a “detox trendsetter” by Greenpeace because of the company's commitment to eliminate the chemicals it uses in its manufacturing process by 2020.