Customer stories

Saitex customer story

How Saites became the world’s most sustainable denim manufacturer

Challenge: How to use environmental data as a business opportunity

Although Saitex is the most sustainable large scale denim manufacturer, a consumer probably hasn’t heard about their name before. A reason for this that you cannot find their name on your jeans labels. It is always the denim brand with their name on the label and not their suppliers. This doesn’t give the manufacturer much room to differentiate while Saitex is in fact very different than their competitors.  While Saitex has many state of the art technologies and processes, a brand made decision about the design could sometimes mean that a less sustainable process or denim finish needs to be used. A designer simply doesn’t have the tools or data to make this choice.   

"We are trying to get our message out there. However, nobody knows who makes their garments."

Virginia Rollando Saitex

Virginia Rollando

Sustainability Manager

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Solution: Environmental Data

Saitex always tracked their consumption in terms of water, energy and chemical use. They could however not assign this to individual garments. By doing this Saitex can really see what impact a design or product group has. This helps to see where the focus needs to go and where the biggest improvement potentials are to be made.  Environmental data will give Saitex the possibility to engage with their clients and convince customers to choose more sustainable designs.   

"We do focus a lot on environmental responsibility but ultimately it is all about the people that make the garments"

Riho Saitex

Riho

Social impact manager

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Environmental Sustainability

  • 98% of all water used is recycled
  • They plant trees to compensate a part of their footprint
  • 100% of their jeans are air dried
  • Heat & steam is recycled
  • Biomass is used to generate heat
  • Solar energy is used to generate electricity
  • Ozone & lasers are used to treat their jeans

Social Responsibility

  • Saitex believes in equal and fair wages for their employees.
  • 58/42 women/man ratio
  • 1% of their annual revenue is used to alleviate hunger
  • They support four orphanages and offer children turning 18 training and work at Saitex
  • Cumbersome and harmful work is robitized
  • Sludge generated by the water treatment process can be used to build houses for people in need
  • Saitex is growing its own hydroponic based vegetables to provide healthy food for their employees