This summer Levi Strauss & Co. announce they will be granting more than $350,000 to the inaugural class of LS&Co.
The funding will go towards new approaches and innovations in the apparel supply chain. Projects include expanding a natural indigo dyeing facility, creating products that are less water-intensive and making wastewater treatment solutions more accessible to small artisan workshops.
The Collaboratory is an annual fellowship program for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who see design and sustainability as inextricably linked and are working to create a more sustainable apparel industry. Each year the program tackles different social and environmental sustainability challenges facing the industry, with this year’s inaugural class focused on an area that is critically important to the future of the apparel industry and the planet: water.
Following the Collaboratory workshop weekend held at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab, fellows submitted project proposals for reducing water usage or improving water quality with the opportunity to receive funding from LS&Co. to implement their solutions. The ideas selected represent some of the boldest, leading-edge ideas from leaders who represent the future of the apparel industry.
This year’s Collaboratory fellows had the unique opportunity to work through ideas and challenges with LS&Co. leaders and employee mentors along with sustainability and apparel industry experts as they developed concrete, tangible plans for reducing their organisation’s water footprint.
See all LS&Co. collaborations and find out more about the project online.