Sustainability in textile industry is “as cheap as water”

YUSUF OKÇU – Editor in Chief

In the view of “Global Sustainability Consultant Survey” conducted by Green Research in 2012, companies’ not allocating sufficient budget for sustainability prospects stands out as one of the toughest challenges for the textile industry consultants. Companies that invest in sustainability are definitely no worse off financially than those that do not. Plus, their employees, customers, and investors are happier and more pleased.

According to Textile Exchange statistics it can take up to 10,000 liters of water to produce a single pair of jeans whereas above 2,700 liters of water is used to manufacture a t-shirt. While an estimated six million tons of textile chemicals is used each year, almost 20 percent of industrial fresh water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing. One trillion kilowatt hours are used every year by the global textile industry equates to 10 percent of global carbon impact. While the fresh water resources in our planet is depleting at an incredible pace, who could claim that orientation towards sustainability is not “as cheap as water” for the textile industry considering we could save 20,000 liters of water per kg by only using recycled cotton?

We are feeling the joy of welcoming you in a new stop of our challenging Sustainnovation journey that we sat out to be able to slightly avoid the last tree has been cut down, the last fish is caught and the last river is poisoned. We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to those having supported us in this journey and expect your valuable contribution and comments hoping to meet with new passengers in our next stop.

Very truly yours,