When does sustainability become a competitive advantage?
Posted August 07, 2018 06:08:51 The key to sustainable business is to understand what you can do to help improve your business, says Richard Bevan, founder of Bevan Sustainable Textiles, an Australian company that produces and sells sustainable fabrics for both the retail and commercial market.
In a world where the average cost of production is growing at a faster rate than the average income, Bevan says there is a need for more sustainable products.
“I think there is really a need to see what you do to improve your processes, to reduce the amount of waste, to make the products last longer and to increase the quality,” Mr Bevan said.
“And then if you want to get to the end result, you have to do it all by yourself, by yourself.”
Bevan Sustainable has a strong history of making sustainable fabrics, and it has been a long time since the company was the target of a backlash.
In the early 2000s, Bevans clothing label, The Blue Sky, faced a backlash when it started producing clothes with a recycled cotton-based fabric, which was said to be more environmentally friendly.
The backlash led Bevan to change its approach, sourcing a new supplier.
“We realised that we didn’t need to manufacture our own fabric and we wanted to sell it to others,” Mr Baxton said.
“But we couldn’t make the changes ourselves.”
It’s a trend that Mr Bevann hopes to continue, as the textile industry continues to grow.
“We’ve always had a good relationship with suppliers.
We’ve always looked for ways to reduce our costs,” Mr Bunting said.
Bevan is also working on the creation of a sustainable textiles line for the fashion industry.
Mr Bunter said he has had to learn to adapt his manufacturing processes and processes to meet the demands of the industry.
“If you’re making clothes for the apparel industry, you need to make sure that you’re using the same processes, the same materials and the same manufacturing techniques as you’re selling,” Mr Belter said.
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