The Dockers® Wellthread collection reinvents the way Levi Strauss & Co. thinks about socially and environmentally sustainable apparel — from the workers who make our clothes, to materials and design, to consumer care and recyclability.

Rooted in our sustainable culture, the initial vision took shape as part of an innovation fellowship with the Aspen Institute, and then leveraged sustainable processes across the company. The end result is durable products with timeless, enduring style that are more responsible for both people and the planet.

The Dockers® Wellthread collection uses specialized garment-dyeing processes that reduce both water and energy use compared to conventional processes: cold-water pigment dyes for tops and salt-free reactive dyes for pants. And, the apparel is dyed in the factory, not in the mill. This practice allows for greater inventory agility because the fabric is dyed-to-order.

The collection is produced in one of five factories where we’re piloting a new approach to improving the lives of apparel workers. In this pilot program, we’re developing programs tailored to the needs of each workforce and showing how these investments not only transform lives, but also yield positive business results. The Dockers® Wellthread khakis are made exclusively at our Improving Workers’ Well-Being pilot site in Bangladesh.