Fashion retailer SPAO to adopt 100% eco-friendly material for denim products by 2023

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : October 22, 2021, 10:32 | Updated : October 22, 2021, 10:32

[Courtesy of SPAO]

SEOUL -- SPAO, the affordable clothing retailer brand operated by South Korea's Eland Group, will adopt eco-friendly materials to produce 100 percent green denim products by 2023. Environmentally-friendly denim materials are normally created using re-used cotton, a byproduct collected during the production of fabric materials, and cotton grown in a farming environment that uses less water and pesticides.

SPAO said in a statement on October 22 that it would increase the ratio of its eco-friendly denim products to up to 60 percent during the first half of 2022 from 40 percent. All denim products will use eco-friendly materials by 2023. "We will continue to reduce carbon emissions and water usage by adopting organic T-shirts, eco-leather and ethically-collected fillings for padding jackets, as well as promoting the adoption of eco-denim materials," an unnamed SPAO official was quoted as saying.

Eco-friendly clothing materials have gained attention in South Korea with a 40.3 trillion won ($34.1 billion) apparel market. In September, K-pop band BTS wore suits made of recycled fabric when the band's members gave a public speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Seoul-based clothing brand FILA showcased eco-friendly shoes made with recycled materials including re-used cork and waterproof paper.
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