One company is attempting to reverse the manufacturing paradigm that dominates global investment. Vietnamese denim-maker Saitex.

Here’s what production to sales of goods—denim, in particular—has historically looked like:

Produce in Vietnam, China, Mexico or Pakistan (often under exploitative conditions) >> ship to stores in the US, the UK, and other Western nations >> the profits sit squarely with the Western brand that makes the sale

The manufacturing country, meanwhile, is stuck with no profits and an environmental cost—which in the case of denim can include chemical runoff chemical runoff China Dialogue Read more  from the washing and dyeing processes used to make jeans.

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Michael Tatarski is a freelance journalist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He covers the environment, business, social issues and more.

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