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NuWa Textiles

2010 Green Team, continued ...Published: June 01, 2010

Irvine • nuwatex.com
Founded: 2007 | President and Chief Green Officer: Michael Shih

Irvine-based NuWa Textiles manufactures more than 22 million yards of polyester and nylon fabric each month in its plants in Taiwan, China and the U.S., yet it’s been recognized as an industry leader for its green innovation. In fact, its plant in JiaXing, China, was the first vertical textile mill to be certified by bluesign, a global agency that promotes environmental, health and safety standards. NuWa President Michael Shih says keeping a tap on the ecological impact of manufacturing is the company’s highest priority, while still leading the industry in innovations in weaving, coating, laminating and finishing. The plant recycles 90 percent of the water it uses in weaving and complies with bluesign’s stringent restrictions on air emissions. The company’s efforts have been noticed by others as well. Ski Press magazine featured the textile-maker as an environmental innovator and industry leader, and President Michael Shih was named a top Power Player by the outdoor- and fitness-industry magazine SNEWS.

“A product or a company is not green unless the process that manufactures it is green.”
– Michael Shih, President of NuWa Textiles

OC METRO'S 2010 GREEN TEAM