Colombia’s Innovative, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Apparel Is On the Rise

The country’s more than 100 years of tradition mixed with top-notch technology, innovation, and sustainable eco-friendly practices are just few characteristics of the Colombian industry

It’s no secret that Colombia’s apparel and textile industry leads the world when it comes to innovation, vertical integration and flexible production. Many of the brands and other apparel found in racks across the U.S. are actually made in Colombia but a little-known fact is that many of these clothing items are actually manufactured using sustainable and eco-friendly practices to reduce water, energy consumption, and residues looking to improve the environment.

Given the importance of sustainability among the textile industry, several Colombian suppliers have invested and redesign their manufacturing processes to keep up with global demands.Textiles Lafayette for example, is a vertically integrated textile company manufacturing high performance sports fabrics with more than 70 years of experience. Lafayette has achieved 100% water treatment while recycling 24% of its water usage and reducing consumption from 43.5 liters to 36 liters per meter of fabric. Such an amazing accomplishment has been made possible thanks to renewed capabilities and machines with top-notch technology including boiler conversion from oil to natural gas and carbon emission reductions per meter of fabric produced.


CI Jeans is another full package service garment supplier that has automated its water treatment plant to produce 44 liters per second and reuse 30% to 35% of the water that goes to the city’s water treatment plant under optimal conditions. The company has reduced 79% of water usage compared to 2010 thanks to its ozone laundry process. In addition, CI Jeans dyeing machinery has been upgraded to further cut down water consumption and uses nanotechnology to reduce chemical water contamination.

Finally, in 2015, Enka, a Colombian thread and fabric-manufacturing supplier recovered more than 726 million PET bottles. The company’s goal is to become a leader in Colombia in the development of sustainable goods produced out of recycling products. Last year alone, 40% of the company sales where made out of products from recycled raw materials including PET bottles used to produce resins and fibers allowing a reduction of 38.3 tons of CO2 emissions. In addition, Enka has upgraded technology and processes allowing the power generation plant to operate with 18% less water consumption, reusing 83% of its packaging materials, and recycling close to 1,000 tons of nylon annually which is use in the production of “Caprolactam”, the main raw material to manufacture canvas for tires, technical yarns and engineering plastics.

MAGIC 2016 will be the perfect stage to appreciate how innovation and sustainability practices are finally coming together. It will be interesting to see how consumers in the U.S. and around the world can help improve the environment just by using this new and improved type of apparel. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about Colombia’s suppliers.

Colombian Companies Exhibiting at Magic:







Textiles Acrilan


Industrias Sur EU 




Tejidos Gulfer





Agua Bendita    



Color Siete       

Project Men 


Jon Sonen

Project Men 



FN Platform



Project Women 


Sergio Tomani

FN Platform


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