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2021 Sustainability Report
published 2022/08/01

Manufacturing waste in the supply chain 

Manufacturing waste is not only generated in the production process itself, but also in the upstream supply chain and in downstream processes; it includes waste materials such as fabric remnants from the sewing process, from packaging, and also wastewater sludge.

In very few cases do we currently have concrete data on quantities, types of waste and disposal methods. We are working on obtaining more data using the HIGG Facility Environmental Management Tool zu erhalten. Through our supplier management and vendor clubs, we are trying to gain more insight into the waste situation in our supply chain and raise awareness of this issue among suppliers.


Material efficiency

Material efficiency plays a vital role for sustainability in our supply chain. After all, any material that does not become a part of the product itself can end up in a landfill and go to waste. One method we use to avoid this is to maximize efficiency when cutting fabric pieces based on the width of the material, and we work closely with our producers to continuously improve this type of material efficiency.


Sludge from textile wastewater

In addition to the textile waste generated during the production process, the cleaning and filtration of wastewater after production results in sludge. All substances from the production process are removed from the wastewater and leach into sludge. If there are substances in the wastewater that are not M/RSL compliant, these also end up in the sludge. This must then be disposed of as hazardous waste. However, we are currently lacking transparency in the supply chain to ensure that this sludge is disposed of properly.

In recent years, our wastewater tests have shown that our very strict limits have also been met for the sludge that’s produced, so this sludge can be reused (to construct roads, for example) and does not have to be disposed of as hazardous waste. In Taiwan, where the majority of our materials are produced, the disposal system is similar to Germany’s. Here we are currently still trying to obtain further transparency on all types of waste.


Pioneering new projects

Currently, hopeful new projects are emerging in our countries of production designed to reduce waste in the production process and create circulatory systems. This will involve bringing key stakeholders, such as manufacturers, waste recyclers and recyclers, to the table to jointly develop solutions for greater transparency and less waste. It also includes raising awareness and knowledge among suppliers. VAUDE is also committed to information exchange and initiatives with other companies on the issue of waste. There will be more information on this in our next sustainability report.


GRI:   306-1
Water discharge by quality and destination
GRI:   306-2
Waste by type and disposal method
GRI:   306-3
Significant spills
GRI:   306-4
Transport of hazardous waste
GRI:   306-5
Water bodies affected by water discharges and/or runoff
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