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Uniqlo deploys lasers and eco stones for sustainable jeans

Fast Retailing to reduce 90% of water usage at facilities across Asia

Fast Retailng use lasers to burn the jeans to create the distressed looks popular with consumers. (Photo by Naomi Hayase)

LOS ANGELES -- The parent company of Japanese retailer Uniqlo will slash water use by 90% to 99% in the production of all jeans for the apparel chain, starting in 2020.

Fast Retailing will combine water-saving technology, water recycling and lasers to create its vintage looks, rather than relying on manual labor and excessive washing to produce distressed denim for all of its jeans lines.

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