ISKO, textile manufacturer and distributor and the world’s largest producer of denim, published the Independently devised Product Category Rules (PCR), to allow the assessment of the environmental performance of “woven, knitted and crocheted fabrics of naturals fibers (except silk) for apparel sector”.

This new achievement is extremely important for the whole industry, leading the way for the definition of a common language for all producers and a better understanding of the value of sustainable products among brands and consumers.

Development of the Product Category Rules

Published in the International EPD System, the document’s development comes from the fact that ISKO is the first denim manufacturer in the world to have obtained pre-certified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCAs) of all its 25,000+ products.

Aimed at ensuring a full transparency about the environmental impact of all fabrics in its collection, these EPDs were produced in the first place to fully understand where even better choices could and can be made. This effort is what made the creation of the PCR possible, which will help to have standardized assessments for future EPDs for the Fashion world.

ISKO and sustainability

The PCR are a result of ISKO’s commitment towards Responsible Innovation and its mindset with a long-standing focus on creativity, competence and citizenship. ISKO Earth Fit™, which is the pinnacle of its Responsible Innovation™ strategy, is the top-end collection when it comes to a fully integrated responsible approach and the only one worldwide to have been awarded both the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and EU Ecolabel certifications.

Embracing articles from all the ISKO collections, it uses innovative and responsible fibers such as organic cotton, recycled cotton and recycled polyester from PET bottles. An Environmental Management System in place, certified to an international standard, ensures that environmental impacts (energy, water, waste, chemicals, and emissions) are managed at its production facilities. Also, as signatory member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program, the company is firmly committed to avoid hazardous chemicals and harmful substances in its production processes, to preserve both the environment and the workers.

Ebru Guler, Senior CSR Executive at ISKO, said that they are proud to have had the honor of being part of the Product Category Rules’ development and he claimed: «Having equal standards for producers means that production methods can be finally compared, thus allowing everyone of us to make better choices and act wherever it is needed in order to improve and achieve even greater results.»