Sustainable garments at a global scale

Pacific Cotton

Already a true powerhouse in ready-made garment manufacturing and distribution, Pacific Cotton seeks to extend their services into the Australian market at the Global Sourcing Expo in Melbourne. What started in a 5100 square foot factory back in 1991 has grown to occupy a 500,000 square foot facility in Bangladesh, from which Pacific Cotton is able to provide a wide range of services and distribute up to 36 million garments/pieces per year. Such services include –

  • Knitting & dying
  • Cutting & sewing
  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Design & sampling
  • Shipping
  • And accessories

As a leading knit product manufacturer, Pacific Cotton has been bolstered by their adherence to high quality standards and sustainable and ethical apparel production. Their product is premium based and broad in range, from t-shirts and sweatshirts to joggers and sports wear. The sheer size of their facility and distribution demonstrates their impressive capacity and ability to expand to meet client needs. They offer garment solutions which can be flexible and tailored to their partners, with a continual focus on identifying current and future fashion trends and concepts. Pacific Cotton are meticulous in their attention to the finer details and the finishing of products before they are shipped out, delivering time and time again on their commitment to quality.

Pacific Cotton boasts an impressive number of certifications which back their promise of sustainable and ethical work practices. These certificates come from organisations such as Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and more.

Their work is sustainable not only in practice but in process, having implemented an approach which aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s). For Pacific Cotton, sustainability is achieved by solidifying clear and attainable goals, and formulating a strategy which sees those goals achieved.

From the UN SDG’s, Pacific Cotton have targeted 4 core values of sustainability.

The health and well-being of all employees is sustained through proper access to mental health counselling, health education programs, safety training and timely maternity leave. Quality education is sustained through technical and vocational training, in depth-monitoring mechanisms and on-site daycare to provide ease to working parents. Clean water and sanitation is sustained with safe and tested on-site drinking water, the use of recycled water in the production process, rainwater harvesting for gardening purposes, improved water management and a better understanding of the impact of water use throughout the supply chain. Finally, responsible consumption and production is sustained thanks to conversion to servo motors and LED lights – saving over 150,000kw per month, a reduction in water usage during the dying process by

20% and rooftop solar installation and implementation.

Pacific Cotton believes that partnerships with Australian businesses can be overwhelmingly positive, long term and high-yielding. With an ability to develop garments suitable to Australia’s varied and at times unpredictable environment, they hope to use their expertise and capacity to bolster the capacity and production of Australian businesses. Current global partnerships include US

Polo, Mango, AS COLOR, ALDI and Zara.

Pacific Cotton can be found at stand F14 at the Global Sourcing Expo in Melbourne from November 21-23.