Levi’s Cleans Up Denim Supply Chain with Automated Finishing Process

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) has taken an important step to clean up the fashion supply chain, rolling out a new digital manufacturing process that will eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals that have traditionally been used in the industry for jeans finishing. Called Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), this new model replaces manual techniques and automates the jeans finishing process, allowing the company to reduce the number of chemical formulations used in finishing from thousands to a few dozen.

Traditionally, denim finishing — which creates worn, faded design elements on jeans — has been a highly manual, labor- and chemical-intensive process. Digitalisation enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale.

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