Jeans manufacturer uses laser finishing to reduce chemical waste

Jeans manufacturer uses laser finishing to reduce chemical waste

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Fast fashion is frequently criticized, and possibly just as frequently, innovative ideas work to counteract the waste. Distressing jeans is a significant polluter within the fashion industry, and Levi Strauss & Co recently announced a new operating model designed specifically to reduce chemical waste. With Project F.L.X. (Future-led execution), the company’s goal is to achieve zero hazardous waste by 2020. Right now, each finish on a pair of jeans takes between 18 and 20 manual actions to complete. Using its own proprietary software, the company can reduce that process to no more than three steps per pair of jeans. That then increases the numbers of jeans that the company is producing each day. Previously, it took two to three hours to complete each pair of jeans. Now, with the lasers, completion takes 90 seconds for each pair.

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