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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

Textile production requires large amounts of water

The textile industry is one of the world's most important industries in terms of water consumption and quality.

Water consumption in all process steps

Water is required in almost all process steps of textile production:


  • the cultivation of agricultural crops such as cotton
  • the rearing of animals whose wool or feathers is used such as sheep and geese
  • the production of synthetic fibers such as polyester
  • in all washing, dyeing and finishing processes


Water management in the supply chain

In a pilot project VAUDE has conducted an Environmental Stewardship training course with a number of its suppliers. As a result, more than 5,000 cubic meters of fresh water are saved in production every year. Read more here.


Most of our fabric suppliers work in accordance with the bluesign® system. For VAUDE, this is an important component of the entire environmental stewardship system.


Nevertheless, we often do not know the hard figures for our suppliers’ water consumption. One reason for this is that we are often only one of many of their customers. Another reason is that a uniform method for measuring the water consumption of an outdoor product is still lacking.


This gap will hopefully be closed by the HIGG Index – an international database to evaluate the sustainability of your outdoor trousers, jackets, etc. in the future. Read more here.


Great potential for savings

In addition to a focus on the careful use of water in production, we are also working with our suppliers to process more and more substances that have been produced using particularly water-saving technologies. This includes, for example, the VAUDE Ecolour process. Read more here.

GRI:   303-1
Water withdrawal by source
GRI:   303-2
Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water
GRI:   303-3
Water recycled and reused
GRI:   103
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