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Better Mill Initiative

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Partners: H&M Group
Solidaridad
Countries: China
Regions: --
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Project Tags:
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Chemicals Management
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Sep. 2013  »  Dec. 2015
Project Website: www.bettermills.org
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 58%

Project Overview

The Better Mill Initiative (BMI) aims to improve the sustainability performance of wet processing in the textile supply chain in China. The programme, initiated by Solidaridad and H&M, is a partnership between Solidaridad, brands and 60-75 textile wet processing mills (dyeing and laundry) in China, in the textile clusters of the Yangtze and the Pearl River Delta regions. Up until August 2014 in total 7 brands and 40 mills participate in the programme. Towards the end o...

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The Better Mill Initiative (BMI) aims to improve the sustainability performance of wet processing in the textile supply chain in China. The programme, initiated by Solidaridad and H&M, is a partnership between Solidaridad, brands and 60-75 textile wet processing mills (dyeing and laundry) in China, in the textile clusters of the Yangtze and the Pearl River Delta regions. Up until August 2014 in total 7 brands and 40 mills participate in the programme. Towards the end of 2014, a third phase will start in the Pearl River Delta region. BMI takes an integrated approach to cleaner production addressing 7 impact areas. Besides water efficiency and effluent, energy efficiency, chemicals management, waste, air emissions and social aspects (OHS/worker management dialogue) are addressed. Where possible, the programme aligns with or integrates existing sector initiatives. The SAC Higg Index is for example used as a self assessment tool and the chemical management approach supports in taking steps towards the aims of the Joint Roadmap to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). In order to contribute to the above mentioned overall objective, activities are implemented in three result areas: 1) Mill capacity building: creating measureable improvements in the 7 impact areas mentioned above, through a combination of tailor made support and group learning; 2) Facilitation of stakeholder dialogue to address challenges which cannot be solved within the factory gates alone; 3) Communication and outreach, sharing the learnings and best practices aiming to inspire other brands, retailers and mills to implement improvements.

Project Results

The programme will work with 60-75 mills in 2 of China's key textile clusters, in the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta regions, creating measureable improvements in the 7 impact areas. The programme contributes in these region to a more sustainable sector providing job security and economic development with a reduced negative impact on the environment and surrounding communities. The final beneficiaries are therefore the people living in these key textile ...

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The programme will work with 60-75 mills in 2 of China's key textile clusters, in the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta regions, creating measureable improvements in the 7 impact areas. The programme contributes in these region to a more sustainable sector providing job security and economic development with a reduced negative impact on the environment and surrounding communities. The final beneficiaries are therefore the people living in these key textile clusters.

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