The textile supply chain has been under pressure from social and environmental perspectives but recently, the drive for textiles sustainability has ramped up a notch – and rightly so.

To address the question of where responsibility for sustainability in textiles should lie, we teamed up with a textile auxiliary house, speciality chemicals company and academia to consider how a more collaborative approach can help drive textiles towards a cleaner, greener, more efficient future.

The white paper, titled ‘How a Collaborative Approach Could Help Lighten the Textile Industry’s Environmental Load’ sets out to establish ways that the textile industry can collaborate and innovate across the supply chain, to help the second most polluting industry on the planet reduce its environmental impact.

As one of the contributors to the paper, Liz Manning, Business Development at Catexel explained, “With a complex and global supply chain, finding a more sustainable way forward for textiles represents a significant challenge and any innovations must be economically, as well as environmentally, sustainable. Textiles is a relatively slow-moving sector but a more inclusive and collaborative approach – encompassing the entire supply chain – is the only way to achieve true systemic change.”

“There is a big job to be done in educating the industry around how science can help reduce textile’s reliance on water and making contaminated water safe. In developing this paper, we hope that we can raise awareness of the challenges, opportunities and potential solutions available for the textiles industry to secure a more sustainable future.”

You can download the white paper by clicking here.

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About the contributors:

James Carnahan, Global Sustainability Manager at Archroma, a global colour and speciality chemicals company that is passionate about delivering leading and innovative solutions that enhance people’s lives and respect the planet.

Jorge Faria is the Managing Director at Aquitex, a company with over 50 years’ experience in the textile and ceramics sectors. Jorge has worked in the industry for over 30 years and shares the Aquitex values of seeking to innovate and generate profit whilst maintaining a social commitment.

Dr. Pasty Perry is a Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing and Retail at the School of Materials at The University of Manchester. The School is the largest of its kind in Europe and encompasses diverse aspects of materials, from biomaterials, metallurgy, polymers and ceramics to textiles and fashion business.

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