Highlights of 2019 Second Quarter
We had a lot improvement in the second quarter of 2019! This period, we mainly focused on certifications. We proudly awarded with some certifications that is emphasizing our commitment in environment and safety. We also managed to join some events where we showcased our viscose in fashion pieces at Muffest in Indonesia and ITMA at Barcelona. Here are the highlights of our second quarter:
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) is a proud sponsor of Muslim Fashion Festival 2019 (MUFFEST), supporting Indonesian fashion designers in the use of viscose-rayon, a renewable and biodegradable material, in their work.
Organised by the Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC) and held from 1-4 May 2019 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), MUFFEST is a key event in the Indonesian fashion calendar. APR is collaborating with eight prominent IFC fashion designers to stage an exclusive fashion show themed Future is Naturally Sustainable Fibre. The show presents the designers’ vision of a future where natural fibre is a fixture in sustainable fashion.
“APR’s involvement in MUFFEST supports the idea to make Indonesia the world’s Muslim fashion mecca, in line with the Government’s push for the growth of the textile sector as one of five priority growth sectors in Indonesia. The demand for raw materials derived from renewable and certified wood sources continues to grow domestically and globally. The Muslim fashion industry demands the same sustainable option too. This presents an opportunity for APR, the Muslim fashion industry, and the Government,” said Director of APR, Basrie Kamba, at the opening ceremony of MUFFEST 2019.
With key steps documented on a blockchain ledger, customers are assured that their suppliers are providing sustainably sourced raw materials that also meet governmental and industry standards.
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) proudly announce that our viscose staple fibre have been awarded the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 product class I certification, confirming our viscose is free from any harmful substances and are safe for contact on babies and small children, while complying with the requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH.As part of the STANDARD 100 by OKEO-TEX ®independent certification process, laboratory tests confirmed that our product meets strict limit values, including the Annex 6 expanded criteria catalog. This certification is an important step for APR to customers demonstrating that our products meet rigorous human ecological requirements.
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) is Proud to be Awarded with ISO Certifications 9001, 14001, and OHSAS 18001
Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), Asia’s first fully integrated viscose rayon manufacturer is pleased to be awarded with ISO certifications for 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System, and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System certifications.
The ISO certifications processes commenced prior to the start up of the facility in December 2018 and was completed in April 2019 by means of a compliance audit conducted by SGS Indonesia, an independent certification body.
ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) is an international standard-setting body consisting of representatives from numerous national standards organisations. Being an ISO certified company emphasizes APR’s commitment to provide a safe work environment, to reduce and where possible eliminate environmental impact and to produce quality products.
Indonesia-based Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) has showcased its sustainable viscose rayon production for the first time at this year’s International Textile Machinery Association (ITMA) event in Barcelona.
Following its commercial launch in March 2019, APR has commenced exporting viscose staple fibre to key textile manufacturing hubs in Europe including Turkey and Germany.
“ITMA 2019 is an opportunity to actively seek out new business partners including collaboration with machinery suppliers to develop fibres that are best suited to our customers’ requirements,” said Ben Poon, Deputy Business Head of APR.
APR partners villagers in Central Java to make batik pieces made from 100% viscose-rayon fabric with natural indigo colouring. Each step of the way (from batik design, to batik wax stamping process, colouring, stitching and finishing) empowers local communities and villagers, giving them an extra source of income.
The 2019 Pulse Score1 shows that the fashion industry has improved its social and environmental performance in the past year, but at a slower rate than the previous year. Despite this improvement, the fashion industry is still far from sustainable.
For 7% of consumers, sustainability is the key purchasing criterion, but 23% prioritise igh quality, 17% looking successful and 16% receiving good value for money. Consumers nevertheless expect brands to be concerned about environmental, social and ethical issues and to act accordingly.
The 2019 Pulse Score shows that the fashion industry has improved its social and environmental performance in the past year, but at a slower rate than the previous year. Despite this improvement, the fashion industry is still far from sustainable.
Fashion players who have all the foundational priorities in place to take a bold stand should both lead and push these efforts toward common standards and work with others to tackle the transformational priorities. The industry should also harness the increasing prevalence of sustainability in the consumer consciousness by communicating their developments, which will encourage consumers to actively purchase more responsible products.
Listen to the Podcast of Cherie Tan, Vice President, Communications and Sustainability APR talks with Toby Webb about how to develop sustainable wood-pulp supply chains for the apparel sector. And Yves Nissim, from French telecom giant Orange, and Ian Welsh discuss how peer collaboration on auditing can help tackle modern slavery.
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