HBI Dominican Republic Launches Sustainable Fashion Project
“HBI is committed to sustainable manufacturing and protecting the environment. The Textile Recovery Project is a great way for us to share that vision."
–Mariela Moronta, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Dominican Republic
HBI in the Dominican Republic has partnered with the Slow Fashion Foundation and a group of public and private entities to launch the Textile Recovery Project, helping to transform the fashion and apparel industry into a more environmentally friendly business.
The Textile Recovery Project promotes social and economic development in vulnerable communities while protecting land and resources through responsible textile waste management.
“These types of initiatives are critical to fostering sustainable management,” said Mariela Moronta, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Dominican Republic. “HBI has one of the most ambitious sustainability plans in the textile industry, working to positively impact the environment through our people, planet and products. The Textile Recovery Project supports our sustainability efforts, promoting the reuse of textile waste and developing the circular economy in the Dominican Republic.”
The first project from the Textile Recovery Project featured the brand “Hilos de Quisqueya” (Threads of Quisqueya). The collection of four garments was inspired by local threatened Dominican species, including the hawksbill turtle, manatee, and Hispaniolan sparrowhawk, and the national flower, the Bayahibe rose.
One of the garments was created using fabric trimmings from the Dios Rios plant and designed in honor of the manatee. The “Manatí” includes a three-quarter sleeve top and flared skirt mixing shades of purple, gray and blue.