Each year, we destroy 13 million hectares of forests, the equivalent of 36 football fields per minute. Deforestation changes the waterways of the natural water resources at the same time, which accordingly end up with the loss of millions of acres of agricultural land. World countries lead by USA, China and India pumps about 40 billion tons carbon dioxide each year. Also about 1 billion people do not have access to clean water and above 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation as well. More than %80 of the diseases in the developing countries is associated with water and infant and child mortality in these countries are considerably high. On the other hand, a population about 2,5 billion, which earns under 2 dollars a day remains in poverty and estimates indicate that, based on business as usual, about 3.5 planets Earth would be needed to sustain a global population achieving the current lifestyle of the average European or North American.
The concept of sustainability, which is a balance between equity, environment and economy and also in other words a balance between people, planet and profit, was exactly born under these circumstances. Sustainability means to be able to take the right steps for the future of our planet and its’ inhabitants on one hand, whilst ensuring a profitable growth for companies on the other hand. In other words sustainability is synonymous with “responsibility”. Sustainability also means “driving innovation into business.”
I have the great pleasure of welcoming you once again here in the recent issue of our Sustainnovation magazine and introducing the sustainable developments in the textile machinery sector in a new ITMA year and exhibition themed “Master the art of sustainable innovation”.I wish ITMA Milano 2015 would be a peak in terms of “sustainable innovation and hope to meet you again in our next issue with your kind contributions, ideas and supports.
Very truly yours,