Sustainable Textiles Solutions at Work @ E2expo

Every day we encounter textiles in many different forms - such as clothes, carpets, towels, seat covers, or medical aids. A product passes through several production stages and often covers thousands of kilometers. The intensive consumption of water, energy, and chemicals at every step of the value chain poses challenges for textile companies.

This section highlights a wide range of clean technology across themes such as fiber, yarn and fabric production, chemical processing, garment manufacturing, and recycling.

2020

Role of business intelligence in textile sector in the era of industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a new era of industrial revolution in which textile and apparel (T&A) companies are adopting and integrating advanced technologies to achieve sustainability and a competitive edge.

The current study is one of the firs...

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2019

Fibre to fibre recycling of textiles - a case study on Denmark fashion brand

The case study analyses the sustainability efforts of Moodstreet, a brand of JOLO Fashion Group in Denmark.

It emphasizes the option of recycling post consumer textiles such as polyester and cotton to manufacture new range of fabrics. Ke...

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2019

Reverse logistics in clothing recycling: a case study in China

Clothing recycling bin is a traditional way of collecting textile waste, where transportation costs over 50% of total cost.

The case study focuses on the existing reverse logistics for a clothing recycling company and how implementing a ...

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2019

Water and energy management in textiles - European Council's Best Available Techniques

This review aims to introduce and compare different technologies for minimizing water and energy consumption in the textile industry.

These technologies include Best Available Techniques (BAT) referred by European Council as well as...

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2019

Sustainable resource management in textile industry - a case study in South Africa

This case study demonstrates how textile businesses  in Cape Town, South Africa are implementing sustainable resource management measures, and how strategic programmes such as Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme WISP) could support te...

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2019

Circular economy business model in textiles - a case study on Netherlands retail firm

The case study, selected under R2Pi (Route to circular economy) project, discusses the circular economy business model being followed by MUD Jeans, a retail company in Netherlands.

This is a greenfield business model which also includes ...

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2019

Circular economy model in denim manufacturing

The article discusses various examples of sustainable measures taken by prominent companies in the denim manufacturing sector. Key environmental and process benefits through these technologies are also provided.

Some of the sustainable m...

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2019

Spatially explicit water footprint assessment in blue jeans manufacturing

This case study analyses the total water footprint for the brand Guess Inc., a US clothing company.

It attempts to analyse this using a spacially explicit life cycle assesment model meaning, mapping of water consumption in the proce...

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2019

Model development for industrial textile waste management

This article provides details on a model created for the analysis of industrial textile waste flows and development of solutions for sustainable waste management. The model tested for its efficiency with standard sustainable indicators for environ...

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2019

Circular economy business model in textiles - a case study of a retail firm

The case study, selected under R2Pi (Route to circular economy) project, discusses the circular economy business model being followed by Inditex, a fashion retail company in Spain. 

The business model is analyzed both from a big pic...

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2018

GIZ and Bureau of Energy Efficiency report on improving energy efficiency in Indian textile sector - achievements and way forward

The case study analyses the results of PAT cycle I (Perform, Achieve and Trade) - a project started in 2012 by BEE to implement various energy efficient and sustainable solutions across major energy intensive industries including textiles.&nb...

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2018

Textile waste management and recycling in Europe - strategic guidelines

This article provides strategic guidelines to improve the textile waste management and recycling sector in the European countries to meet the Expert Network on Textile Recyling  (ENTeR) partnership's vision. The partnership comp...

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2017

Craft practice adoption in the global fashion industry - a case study from Sri Lanka

This article explores craft practice as a sustainable opportunity in the global fashion industry.

Based on a case study from the handloom industry in Sri Lanka, it suggests a sustainable manufacturing approach that is committed to fair-t...

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2017

Sustainable textile trade and value chain in China

This project, commissioned by the Environment and Trade Hub of the United Nations Environment Programme, is aimed at assessing the current development of sustainable textile trade and value chain in Jiangsu Province of China.

It inv...

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2017

Sustainable strategic measures in cotton fabric value chain - a case study on Gap Inc.

This paper discusses some of the sustainability measures taken by Gap Inc, the largest clothing retail store in California across the cotton fabric manufacturing value chain - from harvesting to fabric manufacture. These strategies are aimed at ba...

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2017

Recycled textiles for automotive interiors - a case study on Ford Motor company

The case study provides details on various sustainable textile raw materials being worked on and commercialized by the Ford Motor Company through collaboration with sustainable textiles manufacturers for its automotive textile applications. I...

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2017

Textile waste collection strategies for circular economy model

This paper provides details on Horizon 2020 funded research project Resyntex, which aims to implement a circular redesign in the textiles sector.

The study involved detailed stakeholder discussions with around 15-20 industry stakeholders...

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2017

Sustainability Hot Spots assessment in ready-made garment industry

This report provides in detail the findings of two case studies which have been developed to assess the Sustainability Hot Spots (SHS) in the value chain of two different ready-made garments (RMG).

The case studies involved a detail...

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2016

Textile chemicals analysis as a part of life cycle assessment - a case study in Sweden

Life cycle assessment involves assessing the environmental impacts of an industry including water and energy, however, toxicity impacts from chemicals are not assessed. The objective of this research study is to develop a life cycle assessment fra...

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2016

Zero liquid discharge in Indian textile industries - cost effective methods and resource nexus

The concept of resource nexus denotes the interconnections between the uses of natural resources - its consumption, waste and governance. 

This case study analyses the multiple effects of various energy efficient processes ...

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2016

Sustainable cotton supply chain - IKEA experience

Managing sustainable supply chain is a challenge for many textile companies that produce and sell products made of cotton. This article shares the experience of IKEA who has been tackling this challenge since 2005.

Cotton is the sec...

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2015

Energy efficient measures in Indian textile companies - case studies

This resource represents a collection of eight case studies on energy efficiency measures implemented by prominent Indian textile companies during the period 2012-15.

Detailed presentations on those companies comprising the type of energ...

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2015

Environmental assessment of materials and manufacturing of knitted T-shirts in Bangladesh

The case study analyses the environmental sustainability of product base materials and manufacturing processes of branded T-shirts in Bangladesh, using a standard tool called Higg Index and standard eco-friendly test procedures.

Cotton T...

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2015

Waste management in textile fibre industry - ISO standard guidelines - a case study

The project is aimed at developing a waste management system using the guidelines provided by ISO 14001:2004 to reduce solid wastes from an Egyptian textile industry.

The study involved detailed data collection on total waste generation,...

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2015

Energy efficient measures for textile industries in Ahmedabad and Surat

The article discusses pilot scale energy efficiency measures implemented under the Indo German Environment Partnership Programme in collaboration with GIZ and respective stakeholders in Gujarat. Details on various potential energy efficiency appro...

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2015

Design phase as a strategy for waste minimization in fashion industry

This paper discusses the changing meaning of waste within contemporary fashion research and aims to highlight that fashion waste extends to labour, resources (other than textiles) and knowledge.

The aim is to identify that practice-led r...

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2015

Interactive design model for upcycled children’s apparel - a case study

This study examines sustainable effects of interactive design involvement with aims of facilitating innovative designs in the production and consumerism of upcycled children’s apparel.

It is based on an existing project w...

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2015

Sustainable business models for novel textile design concepts

This paper explores a new sustainable business model called Space Between for local fashion design, which acts as a platform for social innovation and enterprise. The model calls for collaboration of tertiary sector, private sector and NGOs in the...

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2014

Real-time energy efficiency analysis in a UK textile mill

This case study uses real-time energy data to estimate the total energy consumption in a vertically integrated textile mill in UK and identify possible energy efficient improvement opportunities across the processes.

The aim is...

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2014

Energy efficient measures in Indian textile industries - case studies from ABB

This presentation provides details on energy efficiency solutions and services offered by ABB to the Indian textile industries. Details on over 20 case studies and testimonials and related cost and energy savings have also been provided.

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2014

Implementing energy management measures in an Egyptian textile industry

The case study discusses the sustainability benefits of energy efficient equipments and processes implemented in a textile mill in Egypt. Data on total energy savings and cost involved have also been provided.

The study involved a detail...

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2014

Environment and social management system in textile industries: toolkit and case studies

An environmental and social management system helps companies to integrate the sustainable rules and objectives into core business operations, through a set of clearly defined, repeatable processes.

This document provides tools...

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2013

Energy conservation measures in an Indian yarn manufacturing textile mill

The case study discusses the sustainability benefits of energy efficient equipments and processes implemented in a yarn manufacturing textile mill in Tamil Nadu. Data on total energy savings and cost involved have also been provided.

The...

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2013

Toolkit for sustainable textiles production - a guide for Indian SMEs

The Toolkit for Sustainable Textile Production (TSTP) has been designed by All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association for a project supported under Switch Asia Program of European Commission. Its objective is to encourage SMEs ad...

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2012

Textile supply chain sustainability by SMEs - a case study in Denmark and Sweden

The research paper investigates various sustainable measures being implemented by small, medium textile companies (SMEs) in Denmark and Sweden.

It also provides details on how third party organizations assist small enterprises in moving ...

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2012

Water management in textile finishing industries - a European case study

The case study provides details on the results obtained from a project by European Commission on sustainable water use and quality in four industrial sectors - paper, food, textile and chemicals. Success stories of companies who implemented these ...

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2012

Policy measures as a driver for textile waste prevention - case study in Nordic countries

This study, commissioned by the Waste Prevention group of the Nordic Council of Ministers, is conducted to understand the current scenario in the textile waste prevention in selected Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland and Sweden, which ...

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2011

Energy efficiency technologies and comparison of cost and energy savings in an Iranian textile industry

The case study discusses the results of energy audits conducted in 13 textile plants from 5 major sub-sectors - spinning, weaving, wet processing, worsted fabric manufacturing and carpet manufacturing in Iran.

Various potential energy ef...

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2011

Innovative academic developments in sustainable fashion - a resource for students and educators

This paper analyzes different sustainable measures implemented by individual fashion companies in the Bangladesh and UK fashion industry, The data has been presented in the form of detailed case studies.

The objective is t...

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2010

100+ energy-efficiency improvement opportunities for the textile industry

This guidebook provides information on around 190 existing and emerging energy efficient measures and technologies in the textile industry.

Based on an extensive survey, details on energy and cost savings from detailed case studies acros...

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2020

Electric motors in textile industries - energy efficiency opportunities - a review

Electric motors are one of the major power consumers in textiles and proper management is critical to save costs. The article discusses various energy efficiency improvement opportunities in the electric motors used in textile industries. Details ...

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2020

Denim manufacturing value chain - sustainable initiatives by top apparel brands - a review

The article discusses various sustainability measures that can be implemented across the denim manufacturing value chain.

It provides details on the sustainability targets of prominent denim brands like Levis, Tommy Hilfiger, Wrangler, a...

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2020

Chemical circularity across textile value-chain - a comprehensive guide

The report is aimed at providing textile chemical suppliers and users with recommendations and suggestions to increase the recycling and reuse of textile chemicals.

The suggestions include both existing and emerging practices that could ...

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2020

Novel research ideas for better carbon footprint assessment in textile sector

This article analyses the problems in current carbon footprint research of the textile industry. It also suggests some research ideas on improving the assessment of the same.

Some of the research ideas it provides are ...

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2019

Emerging value chain process trends and roles of industry stakeholders towards sustainable fashion and textiles - a review

This review paper explains in detail the recent trends in the sustainable fashion and textile industry across the value chain from raw material selection to end of life of the product. Further, a comprehensive list of the roles played by various i...

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2019

Self-analysis tool for energy consumption characterization in yarn manufacturing units

This article elaborates on energy consumption characterization for yarn manufacturing using a self-analysis tool to decisively decrease the dispersion of the company operating data. This goal is pursued by means of an energy consumption chara...

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2019

Motor energy efficiency assessment in a textile mill

This paper discusses the scope for energy savings in motors by improving the power factor and rising motor effectiveness. It thereby analyzing some areas of an energy audit in a spinning mill.

An assessment for an&nbs...

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2019

Investment opportunities in the textile and apparel innovation ecosystem

The article provides details on the emerging, sustainable innovations in the textile industry value chain with the potential to offer investment opportunities for businesses.

Details on the nature of these innovations by value chain and ...

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2018

Energy-efficiency improvement opportunities in textile spinning - an analysis on economics

Energy efficiency technologies are a sustainable option for textile industries considering their impacts however, economic challenges lead to poor adoption of sustainable measures. This article analyses some existing energy efficiency opportunitie...

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2018

Ecological footprint as a sustainability indicator to analyze energy and resource consumption in textile dyeing. printing and finishing sectors

The main objective of this paper is to apply the ecological footprint estimation methodology as a tool to analyze the Portuguese textile industry. This analysis is related to energy and resource consumption in dyeing, printing, and finishing ...

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2018

Integrating sustainable development goals into the textile, retail and apparel industry - a roadmap for businesses

The article is intended to provide a road map for companies seeking to realize sustainable development goals in the textile industry value chain.

By partnering with Textile Exchange, KPMG provides examples of major sustainable opportunit...

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2018

Emerging innovative raw materials for textile fabric production - an overview

The article discusses some of the emerging, innovative sustainable raw materials for the manufacturing of textiles globally.

Details on a few companies who are involved in this segment and key cultivation and product advantages by using ...

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2018

Emerging natural and plant based dyes and pigments for textile dyeing and finishing - a review

The article discusses some of the emerging efforts towards sustainability in the textile dyeing and finishing sector.

The use of synthetic dyes and pigments in this sector and the huge consumption of water and energy for after wash resul...

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2018

Emerging textile recycling technologies - a guide for commercial adoption

This paper tries to provide a logical approach to diverting existing textile waste streams through the adoption of textile recycling technologies and systems.

While some textile recycling technologies have long existed and been prac...

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2018

Industry 4.0 technologies for production planning and control in textile industry

This paper considers the environmental issues of carbon emissions, energy recycling, and waste reuse, and uses a mathematical programming model with Activity-Based Costing (ABC) and the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to achieve profit maximization. I...

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2017

Strategic approaches to sustainability in fashion supply chain management

The article describes in detail some of the strategic approaches taken by companies towards sustainability in the Italian fashion industry.

The identified approaches are described in terms of the social and environmental practices implem...

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2017

Waste minimization in textile production - suggestions and next steps

This article provides suggestions for waste minimization in the textile industry.

Waste minimization prevents the waste from occurring in the first place, rather than treating it once it has been produced by end-of-pipe treatment methods...

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2017

Green manufacturing and logistics technologies in textile industry - a systematic approach to implementation

The purpose of this article is to summarize a systematic approach to the implementation and development of green technologies in the global textile industry. It discusses the issues of transition of the global textile industry to an environmentall...

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2016

Waste heat recovery as an avenue in textile industries - a review

This paper explores the scope to recover waste heat energy in the textile industry. It explains the thermal energy usage in the textile industry and elaborates on the different sources of waste heat recovery. It also discusses a case study on heat...

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2016

Strategies to improve design and testing for clothing longevity

This study analyses the final outcomes of Defra and WRAP funded project in designing and testing clothing longevity.

Clothing longevity is considered one of the approaches to implement sustainability in the textile industry value chain. ...

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2016

Sustainable textile materials for interior designs - a review

This article discusses sustainable textile materials as a part of sustainability in interior design.

It elaborates on the different processes involved in the production of synthetic and natural fiber and analyses the overall environmenta...

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2016

Energy consumption and carbon footprint analysis of cotton yarn production

This research paper performs a life cycle assessment of carbon yarn production to analyse the overall energy consumption and carbon footprint. It carries out energy and emissions analysis of cotton farming, ginning, spinning, and packing and ...

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2015

Meeting national energy savings target using normalization and verification guidelines in the Indian textile sector

The publication of “Normalization Document and M&V Guidelines” for the textile sector is an effort to facilitate the industries to comply with notified PAT (Perform, Achieve, Trade) rules to participate with the PAT schem...

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2015

Textile dyeing and finishing - guidelines for energy efficiency improvement

This report is part of the draft version of the study on energy conservation and efficiency improvement in the republic of Indonesia's energy efficiency and conservation guideline.

It broadly discusses the energy conservation of synt...

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2015

Energy consumption analysis in air-conditioning units of textile spinning mills

This study analyses the factors affecting the performance of air conditioning plants in the spinning sub-sector of the textile industry.

Energy audits were conducted to collect data on energy consumption of air condit...

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2015

Energy efficiency in Cambodian garment industry - role of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA)

This NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) for Energy Efficiency in the Garment Industry in Cambodia is designed as an encouraging concept that will not only help Cambodia in reducing GHG emissions but also increasing the competitiv...

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2015

Innovative service based business models & circular strategies for textiles - a review

The report presents details of successful and innovative service-based business models and circular strategies in the textile industry. The deep-dive cases have been selected from 250+ different business concepts that were observed in the global t...

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2014

ISO standard energy management practices in textile finishing - an overview

The paper provides an overview of prominent standard energy management practices that can be applied in the textile finishing industry. It uses the ISO 50001 standard which provides management guidelines and approaches to the textil...

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2014

Energy management practices in Indian textile mills - a review from leading industries

This article focuses on various energy conservation practices followed by leading textile manufacturing mills in India. The associated cost and energy savings have also been provided. 

Some of the prominent energy conservation pract...

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2014

Design strategies for textile longevity - a toolkit development

The objective of this paper is to enable designers to implement viable design strategies for longevity which could result in major savings regarding environmental impact.

Based on case studies conducted in three small UK textile companie...

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2013

Cost effective energy efficiency opportunities in textile yarn and fabric production

The article provides details on various cost-effective energy efficiency technologies that could be applicable for the fabric production process. The major sub-sectors focused include spun yarn spinning, weaving, wet processing and man-made f...

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2013

Emerging technologies for energy-efficient, water-efficient, and low- pollution textile industry - an overview

This report gives an overview of textile industry processes and compiles available information on the energy savings, environmental and other benefits, costs, commercialization status, and references for 18 emerging technologies to reduce the indu...

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2012

Energy economics of conventional and cogeneration systems for energy conservation in textile sectors - a comparison

This paper deals with a comparison study on the aspects of energy economics in the textile industry using the conventional system and cogeneration system in the Indian textile industry. Engineering calculations on energy savings due to the use of ...

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2010

Implementation of energy efficient boilers at Solapur textile cluster - a detailed project report

Solapur textile cluster is one of the largest textile clusters in India involved in the manufacturing of cotton terry towels and bed sheets. This detailed project report highlights the energy, environmental, economic, and social benefits of r...

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2010

Wastewater management measures in textile dyeing industries - a review

The article discusses in detail about various sustainable measures that could be implemented in the textile industry across the entire production value chain with an emphasis on water management. Details on environmental assessment procedures invo...

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2010

Heat recovery technology avenues in the textile dyeing and finishing industry

The article analyses the various technologies of heat recovery from wastewater and exhaust air in the textile dyeing and finishing industry. A brief study on cogeneration or combined heat power (CHP) systems, heat recovery from water, and hea...

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2010

Cost effective energy efficiency and process optimization measures for resource management in textile mills

The article discusses in detail the various energy efficiency approaches in the areas of water, energy, and electricity in the textile industries.

Data on the total energy, water, and cost savings, success stories in China have also...

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04-Oct-20

Adopting energy conservation practices in Tirupur textile cluster - recommendations and way forward

Energy efficiency opportunities play a major role in textile industries to reduce the costs and process emissions. This article explains in detail the energy audits carried out by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in association with Winrock In...

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04-Oct-20

Advanced oxidation process for textile effluent treatment - a review

This research paper explores the textile effluent treatment by advanced oxidation process. The new method claims to reduce 70-80% of COD when compared to a 30-45% reduction by biological treatment.  The photo-oxidation of the effluents i...

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04-Oct-20

Sustainable water management using Better Mill Initiative guidelines in fabric dyeing and finishing

The article discusses in detail the implementation of sustainable measures by Solidaridad, an International network organization through its Better Mill Initiative in 2013. The program supports 43 textile dyeing and printing mills to improve their...

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