VICTORIA, BC and PORTLAND, OR, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - CRAiLAR Technologies Inc. ("CRAiLAR" or the "Company") (TSXV: CL) (OTCBB: CRLRF), which
produces and markets CRAiLAR® Flax, The Friendliest Fiber On The Planet™, has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and will use the group's sustainability measurement tool, the
Higg Index, to measure environmental responsibility across its
agriculture and manufacturing processes.
With its membership in the SAC, CRAiLAR joins more than 90 global
brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit
environmental organizations, and academic institutions, which are
collectively committed to improving supply chain sustainability in the
apparel and footwear industries.
In its relationship with the SAC, CRAiLAR will contribute both data and
resources to support the Higg Index, which gauges environmental
sustainability and drives supply chain decision-making to better
efficiency and sustainability impact. The Higg Index is an open source,
indicator-based tool that allows suppliers, manufacturers, brands and
retailers to evaluate materials, products, facilities and processes
based on environmental and product design choices.
"With the SAC's leadership position in the apparel and textiles sectors,
we are pleased to contribute to a model for how industries can
collaborate in making a positive impact on value chain performance,"
said Ken Barker, CEO of CRAiLAR. "CRAiLAR Flax is a natural fiber that
can make an immediate and dramatic impact on product sustainability, a
priority of SAC members and non-members alike."
"We welcome the addition of CRAiLAR to the Coalition, and look forward
to their participation in this industry-wide effort in sustainability,
" said Coalition Executive Director Jason Kibbey. "Having CRAiLAR as
part of the Coalition widens the scope of our impact within the apparel
industry and accelerates the change we're making towards responsible
There are currently more than 90 members of the SAC, the majority of
which are global brands and retailers including: adidas, C&A, Gap, H&M,
JC Penny, Kohl's, Levi's, L.L. Bean, M&S, Nike, Nordstrom, Puma, REI,
Target, and VF Corporation. More information on SAC, the complete Higg
Index, and a full list of members can be found at www.apparelcoalition.org.
About the Sustainable Apparel Coalition:
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition, representing more than one-third of
the global apparel and footwear industries, was formed by
sustainability leaders and leading environmental and social
organizations to address current social and environmental challenges.
Recognizing that improved supply chain practices are both a business
imperative and an opportunity, the Coalition seeks to lead a shared
vision of industry supply chain sustainability through the creation and
use of the Higg Index. In measuring and evaluating apparel and footwear
product sustainability performance through the Higg Index, the
Coalition aims to spotlight priorities for action and opportunities for
About CRAiLAR Technologies Inc.
CRAiLAR(R) Technologies Inc. offers cost-effective and environmentally
sustainable natural fiber in the form of flax, hemp and other bast
fibers for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical and composite
material applications. Produced using a fraction of water and chemical
inputs compared with other natural fibers, CRAiLAR Flax is the newest
natural fiber introduction to the market in decades. The Company
supplies its CRAiLAR Flax to HanesBrands, Georgia-Pacific, Brilliant
Global Knitwear, Tuscarora Yarns, Target Corp. and Kowa Company for
commercial use, and to Levi Strauss & Co., Cintas, Carhartt, Ashland,
PVH Corp., Cotswold Industries, Cone Mills and Lenzing for evaluation
and development. The Company was founded in 1998 as a provider of
environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing. For more
information, visit www.crailar.com.
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trading of the Company's shares, technological and operational
challenges, needs for additional capital, changes in consumer
preferences, market acceptance and technological changes, dependence on
manufacturing and material supplies providers, international
operations, competition, regulatory restrictions and the loss of key
employees. In addition, the Company's business and operations are
subject to the risks set forth in the Company's most recent Form 10-K,
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SOURCE: Crailar Technologies Inc.
For further information:
CRAiLAR Media Contact:
Director, Corporate Communications
SAC Media Contact