Isko Releases New Sustainability Report – Sourcing Journal


isko has made significant progress towards its sustainable development goals.

In its just-released sustainability impact report, the Bursa, Turkey-based denim factory describes how it has been and intends to be kinder to the planet. The report covers results achieved up to December 2021.

“This new sustainability report is not created to celebrate our achievements, but to remind us of our ongoing goals and our ongoing commitment to improvement. That said, we are indeed proud of our diverse approaches to addressing sustainability – in the full sense of the word,” said Fatih Konukoglu, CEO of Isko, in the report.

With a production capacity of 300 million meters of fabric per year with 2,000 automatic looms and 3,200 employees, the factory is the first in the world to be recognized with Nordic Swan and EU Ecolabel certifications. Isko’s other green partnerships include those with certification bodies BluesignOeko-Tex, Global Recycled Standard and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Isko plans to have net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Additionally, Isko has committed to eliminating the use of virgin fibers by 2023 and will use 85% recycled materials by Q3 2022, several months ahead of its target. Its new recycled polyester plant opened in August 2021 and produces 25 tonnes of recycled polyester per day.

The plant has also committed to using 100% Bluesign-approved chemicals by 2025 and has already achieved its goal of eliminating harmful chemical discharges. It did so last year, four years earlier than originally planned, and recently received Bluesign endorsement for its Reform XP stretch denim, which is currently used by Madewell for new women’s jeans.

It also continues to develop products with less environmental impact such as the CTRL+Z fabric, which does not contain first-generation cotton but has an identical appearance to traditional denim. The key ingredients of this textile are recycled materials or regenerated fibers, which eliminates potable water from the cotton production process.

Another advanced product is its R-Two platform which uses a blend of reused cotton and recycled fibers. Reused cotton comes from Isko’s own production waste, which is tracked, traced and has Content Claim Standard (CCS) certification. The reused cotton is then mixed with recycled polyester derived from PET bottles. The fabrics can have the Recycled Claim Standard (RSC) certification or the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification depending on the percentage of materials contained.

Isko also supported six of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) in 2015, including the provision of safe drinking water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy , decent work and economic growth, responsible consumption and production, climate action and partnerships for the goals. The report indicates that it will continue to respect and monitor them.

Finally, Isko also follows several certified management systems, including International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 for environmental management, ISO 50001 for energy management, ISO 45001 for health and safety and ISO 9001 for quality.

“Among other things, we are committed to reducing our carbon emissions from this year, in line with the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative – and we share our targets with our partners and customers. Collaboration is critical to success, especially in such a broad endeavor as sustainability,” Konukoglu added in the post.


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