Updated Jul 30, 2018

Blue jeans go green: Levi's sets new emissions reduction goals

Worker folding in a Levi's factory 1975. Photo: Ted Streshinsky via Getty

American denim manufacturer Levi Strauss & Co. committed on Tuesday to a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in all their owned and operated facilities and also a 40% emissions cut throughout their supply chain.

The big picture: Setting emissions-reducing targets is a growing trend in corporate responsibility. But it's complicated for large manufacturers to target all the steps of production, many of which they don't directly oversee.

Why it matters: These goals are some of the most aggressive in amount and timing in the clothing industry, according to Michael Kobori, Levi's vice president of sustainability. He told Axios the moves will likely pay off over time for the company.

"On the owned and operated side, they will pay off almost immediately, which we've seen from investments already in place. The supply side may be a longer-term investment, but we expect the same results and long-term benefits for our suppliers."
— Michael Kobori, Lev's vice president

One level deeper: Denim production is known for the amount of water it requires. Levi's has honed in on low-wash techniques that can reduce the water use for each pair by 97%, which they have rolled out to vendors accounting for 60% of their product.

Yes, but: Levi's is considered a progressive company based in liberal San Francisco. It's also privately traded and owned by direct descendants of Levi Strauss. This doesn't make their efforts less significant, but it creates a business environment more inclined to support such goals than, say, a publicly traded companies.

Go deeper: Some other big brands have also taken the step to reduce their emissions, most notably McDonald's in March.

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Deadly clashes erupt in Delhi ahead of Trump's visit

Rival protesters over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi, India, on Monday. Photo: Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for calm Tuesday as deadly clashes erupted in the city's northeast between supporters and opponents of India's controversial new citizenship law.

Why it matters: Per the BBC, a police officer and six civilians "died in the capital's deadliest day" since last year's passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act — which allows religious minorities but excludes Muslims from nearby countries to become citizens if they can show they were persecuted for their religion — hours before President Trump and members of the U.S. first family were due to visit the city as part of their visit to India.

Go deeper: India's citizenship bill continues Modi's Hindu nationalist offensive

South Carolina paper The State backs Buttigieg for Democratic primary

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend Pete Buttigieg speaks at an event in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Carolina newspaper The State endorsed former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday night for the state's Democratic primary.

Why it matters: It's a welcome boost for Buttigieg ahead of Tuesday's Democratic debate in South Carolina and the state's primary on Saturday.

White House requests $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus as U.S. cases rise

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. rose to 53.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,699 people and infected more than 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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