By Kurt Kipka, Vice President
November 4, 2019
Before I joined Aii earlier this year, I had led Clean by Design (CbD), a highly regarded program that was founded by Dr. Linda Greer at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Shortly after I began my new role at Aii, we had the great opportunity to fully integrate CbD into the organization, bringing together a proven methodology with an organization positioned to drive scalable impact.
Many in the industry are familiar with the longstanding success of CbD since its inception in 2007. However, over the past few years many of CbD’s programmatic elements have evolved, extending the program’s ability to affect positive change.
There are a few key elements to highlight in the new ways Aii is leveraging the CbD methodology:
Most importantly, the CbD methodology has proven its efficacy and ability to improve environmental impacts. In fact, the most recent set of 33 mills that completed the program in October 2019 achieved the following validated savings, which are consistent across all of our 100+ past participants:
At Aii, we see even greater potential for the CbD methodology to support and scale our mill improvement programs and deliver high-level thought leadership and impact in the apparel industry. Now, the CbD approach provides Aii with a foundation for aligning impact initiatives, enabling us to aggregate results and efficiently deploy resources for the industry. There is so much opportunity to curb environmental impact through supply chain improvement and we see how it is driven by multiple stakeholder needs, including brand priorities, evolving regulations and consumer demand. Through a continuous improvement framework, these and other mills can build on their past in-program and individual success to achieve an optimized level of efficiency. In many cases, up to 15% energy and 20% water reductions.
It is exciting to see how much impact CbD has had on mill improvement programs to date and I’m looking forward to seeing that impact continue into the future. If you’d like to learn more about CbD and how we’re using this methodology through our work at Aii, please feel free to reach out – I’d love to connect.
You can view Kurt’s original post on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-you-need-know-evolution-clean-design-kurt-kipka-mba/