Reducing Our Water Consumption
Just one traditional pair of jeans uses approximately 2,500 gallons of water during its lifetime. One simple white T-shirt uses more than 710 gallons. As the world’s largest manufacturer of apparel and footwear, our responsibility is clear. This is why VF aims to use water in the most responsible way possible. As of August 2016, we have submitted our first response to CDP: water.
The production and care of apparel and footwear uses a tremendous amount of water, one of the world’s most scarce resources. Why? Cotton.
We rely heavily on cotton, which requires significant amounts of water to grow and process. Cotton garments also use a considerable amount of water once purchased by consumers, as regular washing is required to maintain them. Our synthetic materials, while not reliant on water from traditional agricultural processes, also require a large amount of water to transform fibers into the final products consumers purchase.
VF is working to be a responsible water steward where we operate. We recognize that while global factors influence water quality and use, it is a local issue – every watershed experiences different conditions, risks and demand pressures.