This may be old news to some but its still worth a hearty mention. One of Asia's largest denim manufacturers, Zhongshan Yida Apparel LTD, owned by the Hong Kong-based Crystal Group, was very recently awarded the World Wildlife Federation's LCMP Gold Label.
LCMP stands for Low Carbon Manufacturing Programme and is an accreditation that assesses the following: carbon intensity/carbon footprint reduction, greenhouse gas management practices and technology processes. Companies that apply and are awarded accreditation are giving one of four ratings; Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The Gold Label is given to those companies "that have implemented a good greenhouse gas management system and are achieving some best-practice energy efficiency levels in their activities".
Crystal Group aims to be a forerunner in environmental protection and awareness in Asia and has always been socially responsible. They are one of the founding members of the Sustainable Fashion and Business Consortium and the Zhongshan Yida Apparel factory was built using green fundamentals such as water recycling and energy saving production equipment.
This is a step in the right direction for the continent of Asia and with companies like Crystal Group setting the example others are sure to follow suit.