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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


TômTex Inc (
Private sector

    TômTex's invention of Series M and Series WS was spurred by the pressing need to address the environmental and health challenges entrenched in traditional textile manufacturing. Conventional materials such as faux leather and animal hides heavily rely on plastics and involve the use of harmful chemicals, resulting in detrimental impacts on the environment and human health. These practices contribute significantly to pollution, resource depletion, deforestation and adverse health effects for both industry workers and consumers.

    As a response, TômTex has positioned itself as a trailblazer in green chemistry, aiming to challenge the prevalence of traditional oil-based methods and pave the way for sustainable textile production. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, TômTex embarked on a mission to develop sustainable alternatives that could effectively mitigate these harmful impacts while still meeting the demands of the textile industry.

    Series M and Series WS are the result of this endeavor, offering eco-friendly alternatives that are completely free from plastics and toxic chemicals. Series M, made from Mushroom Chitosan is 100% plant-based, and Series WS, derived from discarded shell seafood waste is 100% bio-based, represent innovative solutions designed to minimize environmental harm and prioritize human well-being. These advancements mark a significant step towards a new era of sustainable, eco-friendly textile production, aligning with TômTex's commitment to environmental stewardship and innovation.

    Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

    At TômTex Inc., we are strategically enhancing our capacity and technology through partnerships with contract manufacturers in America, aiming to ramp up our production to 100,000 sqft per year, with plans to scale up to 1M-8M sqft per year in Vietnam. Our commitment to innovation is evidenced by our two patents and three provisional patents, ensuring our technological edge. We have invested significantly in our global supply chain across Vietnam, the US, and Europe. This holistic approach combines targeted training, knowledge transfer, and sustainable practices to build a resilient, skilled team capable of maintaining and advancing our cutting-edge textile solutions, driving long-term success and growth.

    Coordination mechanisms

    At TômTex Inc., our initiative is governed through a strategic coordination mechanism involving partnerships with Vietnamese farmers and the government to secure sustainable raw materials and align with national policies. We collaborate with leading textile organizations such as Biofabricate and Textile Exchange and leading design such as CFDA to stay at the forefront of industry innovations. Our efforts are supported by targeted training programs and workshops facilitated by industry experts, along with participation in knowledge-sharing platforms. 


    We are proud to report that our processes are entirely free from plastic and toxic chemicals, underscoring our commitment to environmental responsibility. By 2030, we aim to save 120,038.9216 kT of CO2, significantly reducing our carbon footprint. Additionally, our operations will eliminate substantial amounts of waste, further promoting a circular economy. These environmental targets are rigorously monitored and reported, ensuring transparency and accountability.


    CFDA, Swarovski Foundation, Biodesign Challenge

    Goal 8

    Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

    Goal 8


    Sustain per capita economic growth in accordance with national circumstances and, in particular, at least 7 per cent gross domestic product growth per annum in the least developed countries

    Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita


    Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors


    Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person


    Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services


    Proportion of informal employment in total employment, by sector and sex


    Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production, with developed countries taking the lead


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Average hourly earnings of female and male employees, by occupation, age and persons with disabilities


    Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities


    By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Proportion of youth (aged 15-24 years) not in education, employment or training


    Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms


    Proportion and number of children aged 5‑17 years engaged in child labour, by sex and age


    Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment


    Fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers, by sex and migrant status


    Level of national compliance with labour rights (freedom of association and collective bargaining) based on International Labour Organization (ILO) textual sources and national legislation, by sex and migrant status


    By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Tourism direct GDP as a proportion of total GDP and in growth rate


    Strengthen the capacity of domestic financial institutions to encourage and expand access to banking, insurance and financial services for all


    (a) Number of commercial bank branches per 100,000 adults and (b) number of automated teller machines (ATMs) per 100,000 adults


    Proportion of adults (15 years and older) with an account at a bank or other financial institution or with a mobile-money-service provider


    Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-Related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries

    Aid for Trade commitments and disbursements


    By 2020, develop and operationalize a global strategy for youth employment and implement the Global Jobs Pact of the International Labour Organization


    Existence of a developed and operationalized national strategy for youth employment, as a distinct strategy or as part of a national employment strategy

    Goal 12

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    Goal 12


    Implement the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries


    Number of countries developing, adopting or implementing policy instruments aimed at supporting the shift to sustainable consumption and production


    By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses


    (a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index


    By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

    Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement

    (a) Hazardous waste generated per capita; and (b) proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment


    By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


    National recycling rate, tons of material recycled


    Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

    Number of companies publishing sustainability reports


    Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities


    Number of countries implementing sustainable public procurement policies and action plans


    By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


    Installed renewable energy-generating capacity in developing and developed countries (in watts per capita)


    Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Implementation of standard accounting tools to monitor the economic and environmental aspects of tourism sustainability


    Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities


    Amount of fossil-fuel subsidies (production and consumption) per unit of GDP

    Goal 14

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

    Goal 14


    By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution


    (a) Index of coastal eutrophication; and (b) plastic debris density


    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans


    Number of countries using ecosystem-based approaches to managing marine areas


    Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels

    Average marine acidity (pH) measured at agreed suite of representative sampling stations


    By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics

    Proportion of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels


    By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information

    Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas


    By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation


    Degree of implementation of international instruments aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing


    By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism


    Sustainable fisheries as a proportion of GDP in small island developing States, least developed countries and all countries


    Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries

    Proportion of total research budget allocated to research in the field of marine technology


    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets


    Degree of application of a legal/regulatory/policy/institutional framework which recognizes and protects access rights for small‐scale fisheries


    Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of "The future we want"


    Number of countries making progress in ratifying, accepting and implementing through legal, policy and institutional frameworks, ocean-related instruments that implement international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and their resources

    Name Description

    Selling commercials product to the public through collaboration with brands

    Launch in-house scale up in Viet Nam

    Financing (in USD)
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    Action Network
    Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network
    25 September 2020 (start date)
    01 June 2050 (date of completion)
    1. Europe
    2. Asia and Pacific
    3. North America
    Geographical coverage
    New York City
    Other beneficiaries

    Our material offers a significant benefit – it's priced comparably to conventional leather, making it accessible to everyone. We're not aiming for just the luxury sector; we want it to be something anyone can afford. This affordability means more people can make sustainable choices without breaking the bank. When it comes to contributing to society, we're all about inclusivity. Our design principles ensure that everyone can enjoy our product. Whether you have specific preferences or unique needs, our material's versatility means there's something for everyone. Now, onto waste reduction. We've got strategies in place to maximize reuse and minimize waste at every step. We work closely with upstream partners like waste recycling facilities, especially chitosan manufacturers in Vietnam and other parts of the world. We make sure these partners are doing their bit for the environment by auditing their waste water treatment, chemical recycling processes, and other sustainable practices. Our downstream partners, the contract manufacturers in America, also play a crucial role. We ensure they're using sustainable practices too, because sustainability isn't just about what happens at the beginning of the process; it's about every step of the journey.

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    United States of America
    Contact Information

    Uyen Tran, Co-founder and CEO