Soalon Sustainable Program

TOPICS | 2020.09.23

“Sustainability”, the keyword attracting more attention worldwide every day. We have addressed the urgent and pressing environmental problems such as global warming, environmental pollution and deforestation thus far, constantly considering what we can do with Soalon.
Now, we are launching our new initiative, Soalon Sustainable Program.

Soalon is a cellulosic fiber made from natural pulp.
Generally, those fibers made from wood are sustainable materials with low environmental burdens.
In addition, to ensure sustainability at each stage from raw materials to completed textiles, we have obtained various certifications from third-party organizations concerning environmentally friendly and safety-conscious raw material procurement (derived from forests managed to be sustainable), safety at the yarn production stage (controls of chemical substances and emission), and safety management in the dyeing process (safety and emission controls of dyes and chemicals). Obtained certifications

However, those textiles vary in usage of yarn and production process, even though they are made of the same Soalon materials.
Some have many processes while others have few, so they are different from each other in energy efficiency and degree of environmental burdens.
The aim of our new initiative, Soalon Sustainable Program, is to quantify the degree of environmental burdens and categorize those various textiles, and to visualize the challenges of making improvements.

In the Program, we classify details, processes, and techniques varying by product at each phase of textile production such as designing, weaving / knitting, and dyeing. We grade and evaluate them according to criteria formed by a unique algorithm to evaluate exclusively Soalon materials.
The textiles are given points depending on their degree of environmental burdens and divided into three classes. By also adding a product’s current grade (Soalon Sustainable Program level), you can confirm its environmental burden level.

By showing the category and points for each product, customers can not only grasp the “feel of the material” from its texture and color, as before, but also see an evaluation from the perspective of degree of environmental burdens.
Through the system of evaluation at each phase of textile production, we hope to clarify the points to be focused on in improvements and business solutions.

By mapping the Soalon Sustainable Program level of each product, to which its volume of trade is added, we can also chart, understand and let you know the level distribution in the overall structure of the product. Click here for 2020 overall structure

It will obviously reduce the degree of environmental burdens to address improvements in individual product through the establishment and review of mid- to long-term targets. As a result, the higher the class distribution of the overall structure is weighted, the further the sustainability of Soalon products improves.
Of course, at the same time we will seek to develop new, sustainability-conscious products.

Through collaboration with all our partner companies involved in textile production, we will continue to facilitate an increase in the sustainable value of Soalon, never ceasing to work for the improvement of environmental issues.

For our planet, for a sustainable future for all.