Sustainable Textiles Projects @ 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 first to...

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2020

Integrating animal husbandry with crops and trees - a review

With increasing demand for natural plant and animal fibres in the fashion industry and stringent regulations over sustainable practices across the fashion value chain, many brands are exploring sustainable, economical solutions. In the animal base...

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2020

Organic livestock farming as a strategy to reduce carbon footprint in fashion

Livestock farming is one of the major contributors of GHG emissions, and with the global fashion industry relying on the livestock for natural fibres, and moving towards more sustainable practices in the value chain, adequate attention needs to b...

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2020

Implementation of floating treatment wetlands for textile wastewater management: a review

Growing concerns over conventional physical and chemical textile wastewater treatment methods have resulted in many industry stakeholders developing innovative sustainable solutions for the same.

This review article explores the potential...

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2020

Role of microorganisms in the remediation of wastewater in floating treatment wetlands: a review

Constructed wetlands are a recent, sustainable solution to textile wastewater treatment. With increasing demands for more eco-friendly, efficient practices, several research activities are being carried out in this area, to enhance the potential o...

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2020

Treatment of textile wastewater by CAS, MBR, and MBBR: A comparative study from technical, economic, and environmental perspectives

In this study, three different biological methods—a conventional activated sludge (CAS) system, membrane bioreactor (MBR), and moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR)—were investigated to treat textile wastewater from a local industry. The results show...

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2020

Screening the six plant species for phytoremediation of synthetic textile dye waste water

Plants are potential candidates to remediate textile dye wastewater from contaminated sites. The present study aimed toscreen potential plant species for removal of synthetic dye solution of triarylmethane dye Methylene Blue (MB) and diazo dye Congo ...

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2020

Screening the six plant species for phytoremediation of synthetic textile dye waste water

Plants are potential candidates to remediate textile dye wastewater from contaminated sites. The present study aimed toscreen potential plant species for removal of synthetic dye solution of triarylmethane dye Methylene Blue (MB) and diazo dye Congo ...

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2020

Cost-effective energy efficient technologies in textiles - a case study in Ethiopia

This case study focuses on energy efficient opportunities recommended for a textile plant in Ethiopia. It also refers to various case studies from global textile plants on their energy improvement measures and related cost and energy benefits. Read More

2020

Digital only clothing - a sustainable avenue for fast fashion brands

This article explores digital clothing as a sustainable opportunity to minimize the growing waste in this industry. It provides details on two prominent digital fashion brands and their efforts to promote this alternative fashion among the consume...

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2020

Wind power for organic textiles production - a case study of Living Crafts, a German firm

Living Crafts is a German based organic textiles manufacturer. It produces high quality natural textile fibres under environmentally sustainable and fair working conditions. It does not use harmful pesticides and chemicals during the raw material ...

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2020

Role of farm management practices on cotton productivity - a comparison of organic and conventional farms

This study focuses on analysing the impacts of better farm management practices and fixed factors on the yield of organic and conventional cotton.

A framework was developed using fixed factors of a cotton farm such as landholding and soil...

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2020

Potential of reverse supply chain to minimize fashion waste - initiatives from fashion organizations

This article provides insights on some of the initiatives taken by prominent fashion brands and other stakeholders in developing a reverse supply chain to minimize growing fashion waste.

One of the prominent initiatives is garment to garme...

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2020

Potential for material science and chemistry in sustainable fashion - a market overview

This article provides insights on the emerging demand for material science and chemistry in the apparel sector, owing to the growing awareness for sustainable fashion. In addition to sustainability, supply chain risks and the demand for personaliz...

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2020

Materials revolution in fashion system - current market status and emerging trends

This fashion industry report developed by Business of Fashion and McKinsey explores in detail the current market status of the fashion industry as of 2020 and some of the emerging sustainable trends across the value chain from consumers, researche...

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2020

Sustainable use of nanomaterials in textiles and their environmental impact - a review

This review article discusses the emerging advanced applications of nanomaterials in textiles and their associated health and environmental impacts.

Four key textile fields using nano - materials, coatings, fibres, finishing, composites a...

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2020

Sustainable cotton sourcing strategies - a guide to fashion brands

This article by GreenBiz in collaboration with Textile Exchange provides insights on sustainable cotton sourcing strategies for textile and apparel industries. Textile Exchange, in this regard, has already launched a tool called Material Change In...

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2020

Strategies to implement successful digital textile printing - a guide

This guide published by leading digital textile printing solution provider SPGPrints provides strategies for fashion brands to implement a successful digital printing solution.

It discusses the key requirements for transition to digital t...

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2020

Case Study: Empowering women workforce in the garment industry through soft skills training

The objective of the case study is to show that investing in the soft skills of workers can have both social and business benefits for female garment workers (FGW). P.A.C.E. is Gap Inc.’s proprietary program which teaches managerial, interpersonal,...

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2020

How clusters can strengthen the European economy in the textile sector

The virtual European Cluster Conference brought together more than 900 stakeholders to discuss how clusters can strengthen the European economy in the textile sector. Textile and apparel manufacturers are facing constraints in their financial situati...

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2020

Improving mechanical textile recycling by lubricant pre-treatment to mitigate length loss of fibers

This study aims to investigate whether a pre-treatment with lubricant could mitigate fiber length reduction from tearing. Additionally, this study set out to develop a new test method to assess the effect of lubricant loading. Inter-fiber cohesion wa...

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2020

Laundry care regimes: Do the practices of keeping clothes clean have different environmental impacts based on the fibre content?

Clothing maintenance is necessary for keeping clothing and textiles functional and socially acceptable, but it has environmental consequences due to the use of energy, water, and chemicals. This article discusses whether clothes made of different mat...

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2020

8 Design Strategies for a sustainable and circular-oriented fashion

The article features eight Design Strategies, that provide solutions and different approaches for a more conscious and circularity-oriented clothing development. The strategies include designing for circularity, disassemble, user customization. While...

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2020

The drive toward sustainability in packaging—beyond the quick wins

Over the past decade, the global packaging industry has enjoyed strong growth, driven by shifts in choice of substrates and expansion of new end-markets. Headline changes include the increased use of plastics to replace other substrates and accommoda...

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2020

How companies can source nylon more sustainably

Nylon was the first fabric made entirely in a laboratory. The production of nylon is similar to that of polyester, with similar environmental consequences. It sheds microplastic fibers that end up in waterways and oceans every time it is washed, and ...

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2020

Novel polyester fiber technologies to play a key role in ushering textile industry towards sustainability

Polyester manufacturing technology has undergone significant transitions over the years, with novel solutions making differentiation between synthetic and natural fibers considerably challenging. A notable transformation in the polyester fibers manuf...

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2020

How companies can source polyester more sustainably

Polyester is the most widely used fiber in the world, accounting for roughly half of the fiber market overall and about 80 percent of all synthetic fibers. Virgin polyester is made from a non-renewable resource (oil) using an energy-intensive process...

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2020

Chemical circularity in fashion

As the world fiber consumption continuously increases, the single-use models for chemicals used in the conversion of fibers to finished textile products are being challenged. This report is aimed at providing chemical suppliers and chemical users in ...

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2020

This 'Vegan Wool' is made From desert plants that need no water

There exists a wide gap between disposable fast fashion and durable, sustainable clothing. While the future of sustainability in the fashion industry is open to debate, this article explores Weganool, a new fabric that is dubbed as "vegan wool". ...

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2020

How innovative sustainable fashion retailers are adopting AI/machine learning

The global fashion industry accounts for 10% of the world's carbon emissions. Moreover, due to the increasing demand, this percentage is expected to rise to 24% by 2050, according to UNFCCC. Artificial Intelligence can help fashion retailers leverage...

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2020

European strategy for sustainable textile, garments, leather and footwear

This article is prepared to develop an integrated EU strategy for building a fair and sustainable textiles, garments, leather and footwear value chain in European regions. It is developed by a coalition through collaborations with various civil so...

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2020

Waste heat recovery from boiler of large-scale textile industry

Exhaust gas from the boilers in the textile industry generates a lot of energy that goes to waste if not captured and utilized optimally. This study presents a way to recovery heat waste from boiler exhaust gas using a shell and tube heat exchanger. ...

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2020

Wrangler sets ambitious new goal to halve its water usage by 2030

Wrangler®, a global jeanswear and casual apparel, today announced plans to expand the scope of its water conservation efforts with a new global sustainability goal: a 50 percent reduction in water usage by 2030. The updated goal targets the fiber p...

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2020

Integrating sustainability into corporate strategy: A case study of the textile and clothing industry

This paper aims to explore a set of institutional, organizational, and individual drivers of and barriers to the integration of sustainability into the corporate strategy of a European textile and clothing (T&C) company. The methodology is based on a...

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2020

Workshop on microplastics from synthetic textiles: Knowledge, mitigation, and policy

The Workshop on Microplastics from Textiles: Knowledge, Mitigation, and Policy was held in the context of the annual OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector. The purpose of this workshop was to gather experts from industry, aca...

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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 non...

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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 textil...

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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 processes...

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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 picture...

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2019

Toolkit for capacity building for organic cotton farmers

Growing consumer awareness towards sustainable fashion sector has led to many leading brands exploring organic cotton as a sustainable option. However, several challenges exist in increasing the demand for organic cotton - lack of price premium fo...

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2019

Biodegradation of textile effluent containing azo dye using individual and mixed adapted bacterial strains

Azo dyes are the largest group of synthetic aromatic dye used in the textile industry for dyeing purpose and are highly water soluble in nature. The treatment of these dyes have been carried out by many methods such as physical, chemical and biologic...

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2019

Business model innovation for sustainability through localism

Localism is a growing international trend focusing on re-establishing communities and protecting and rebuilding local economies (Hines 2013). It is about encouraging local livelihood through local production and consumption, and promotion of local id...

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2019

Recent advances in textile wastewater treatment using microbial consortia

Bioremediation of Textile Wastewater (TWW) using microbial consortia has appeared as an emerging alternative for textile dyes removal. This review provides an updated literature on the application of microbial consortia in the treatment of TWWs, focu...

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2019

Air curtains for heat recovery opportunities in stenters - a model study

Stenters are one of the most energy consuming equipment, which are used in textile finishing for drying and heat treating the fabric. The process uses thermal energy, but steam and other heating media are also considered. Studies show that various...

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2019

Biomass energy for sustainable textile production and their economics - a case study

Biomass as a sustainable fuel for industrial processes is gaining attention in many industries including textiles. This case study explores the viability of the same in a Portugal textile industry through an analysis of its energy management poten...

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2019

Solar power solutions for textile industries - initiatives by leading Indian brands

This article discusses the potential of solar power towards sustainability of the growing Indian textiles industry. It discusses the initiatives of two leading Indian brands - Spykar and Arvind who have installed solar power plants for their energ...

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2019

Impact of better management practices on sustainable cotton production - a case study

This case study evaluates the impact of better management practices on the sustainability and economics of cotton production and key drivers and challenges associated with its adoption.

It involved detailed primary data collection through...

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2019

Bioenergy generation potential from cotton stalks - a review

Cotton stalk plant residue left in the field is a major carrier of pests and hence needs to be properly disposed of. However, studies say that it contains various forms of energy which can be used through different technology processes such as the...

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2019

Potential of cotton waste for clean energy and farmer profits - a case study

This case study provides details on a training project conducted by UNCTAD in India to enable African farmers implement sustainable cotton waste to value projects, while enhancing their income.

The Zambian study by UNCTAD is part of a pro...

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2019

Efficient textile overstock management - a guide

This article provides a quick guidance for textile brands to efficiently manage their overstock and minimize economical and environmental challenges.

It discusses the key reasons for overproduction such as inaccurate demand forecasting, de...

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2019

Sustainable sourcing models at scale - a review on H&M’s approach

This article discusses H&M’s approach towards sustainable sourcing of textile fibres at higher scales. Key challenges faced across the value chain to enhance the sourcing of biomaterials or recycled materials and innovative models adopted to ove...

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2019

Local textile sourcing - environmental, social and ethical benefits

This article briefly discusses how sourcing textile materials locally could create ethical, social and environmental benefits,while minimizing the challenges from conventional sourcing methods.

It discusses the complex supply chain process...

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2019

Social media’s influence on green consumerism - a review

This article briefly analyses how social media has enabled consumers to move towards sustainable apparel purchasing decisions and how brands need to engage with communities online.

It highlights the examples of emerging sustainability tow...

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2019

Purchasing of long lasting clothes - a quick guide

This article presents a quick guide to consumers on how to make sustainable purchasing decisions and buy long lasting clothes. The guide would enable consumers as well as brands to develop more innovative solutions for the same.

Some of th...

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2019

Textile recycling processes - current status and emerging developments

This review article provides an overview of current recycling methods in the textile industry. Details on emerging technologies with a special emphasis on biochemical fibre recycling processes are provided.

Key recycling methods discussed ...

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2019

Technology developments and challenges in textile recycling - a review

This whitepaper provides a review of the existing and emerging textile recycling technologies, their environmental benefits, influencing factors and challenges faced in scaling up the technologies and operations.

It provides a detailed pic...

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2019

Innovations in textile recycling - initiatives by leading fashion startups

This article explores various emerging innovative solutions to enhance the scalability of textile recycling technologies.

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2019

Lenzing AG forges new paths in the financing of operative growth

Lenzing AG is the leading producer of wood-based cellulose fibers. In 2019, they positioned a bonded loan bound to its sustainability performance. The loan's interest is linked to Lenzing’s performance in the area of sustainability and is annually ...

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2019

Implementing sustainable supply chain management: Reactive, cooperative, and dynamic models

The purpose of this research is to propose a Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) implementation framework grounded in a literature review while categorizing practices adopted by firms and industries. Given the evolution of the SSCM field and e...

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2019

Second-hand and leasing of clothing to facilitate textile reuse

This report summarizes new studies on how second-hand and leasing business models can be upscaled and promoted, by identifying and analyzing the areas of value generation from the perspective of businesses and users. The studies show that there i...

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2019

Fashion retail packaging: Moving out of the box

Brands are facing more challenges like optimizing packaging cost, branding, creating a packaging that retains with the user, and ready to ship small packages. The article lists down creative and innovative fashion retail packaging that appeals to cus...

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2019

If there are so many great vegan alternatives to leather, why don’t ethical brands use them?

Leather tanning is toxic especially when it to the most common and key ingredient to the tanning process: chromium. When poured untreated into waterways, tannery effluent leads to serious skin and breathing ailments and eventually birth defects. Whil...

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2019

Recycling of liquid waste for effective and satisfactory pretreatment in cotton wet processing

Pretreatment is the center of textile wet processing. Most of the Textile Companies are using a combined pretreatment process with exhaust and semi-continuous method. After the treatment is over, the bath with residual chemicals is drained out into t...

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2019

How can you use VR to make fashion more sustainable?

Consumer demand for “fast fashion” is putting tremendous pressure on the environment by flooding it with pollution and waste. It’s undeniable that the current garment production model is unsustainable. The article takes a look at Voor3D, a tech...

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2019

How 3D digital design and augmented reality can slash textile waste In fashion

Much is said about the millions of tonnes of garments thrown away each year, urging consumers to be more sustainable by wearing the clothes more often, washing them less, and keeping them out of the landfill. The textile waste generated in the fashio...

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2019

How artificial intelligence can help fashion brands be more sustainable

Fast fashion poses a serious threat to the planet, with global textile production more than doubling in the last 15 years and total greenhouse gas emissions from this at 1.2 billion tonnes annually. Artificial intelligence technology offers a sustain...

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2019

Egyptian cotton sees significant advancements following sustainability drive

Egyptian Cotton production and exports are at their highest for five years – following a renewed period of emphasis on improving sustainability: season 2018/2019 saw an increase of 45% in exports. The Cotton Egypt Association (CEA), the independent...

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2019

Need for transformative innovation investments in fashion - a guide

This guide, while not specific to fashion, stresses the need for investments towards transformative innovation and provides guidance on four key areas to enable industries to invest in critical innovative projects, to meet Sustainable Development ...

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2019

Aligning Higg Index tool with Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development guidelines - a report

Higg Index is a set of tools created by Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to enable brands to measure and improve social and environmental sustainability performance across the value chain. With its goals aligning with the vision of Organisation...

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2019

Sustainability policies for the fashion industry - a comparison of Asian and European brands

This article discusses some of the similarities and differences observed in the sustainability approaches, policies, activities and collaborations of select Asian and European fashion brands.

The study involved a detailed literature revie...

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2019

European policy strategies for fair and sustainable textiles - a report

This report assesses various policy measures in Europe to build a fair and sustainable textile industry and explores emerging opportunities for synergies between different policy areas.

Commissioned by a consortium of three European organ...

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2019

Heat Recovery for a textile stenter: CFD analysis of air curtain benefits

Modern textile stenters are designed to reduce the inefficiency of the process and to recover the flow stream, which still contains a relatively high energetic value. In recent years, research has focused on the recovery of the energy content of the ...

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2019

Water in textiles and apparel: Consumption, footprint, and life cycle assessment

Water in Textiles and Apparel: Consumption, Footprint, and Life Cycle Assessment provide a thorough analysis of one of the most urgent issues facing the textiles industry. With a thorough treatment of both life cycle assessment and water footprint p...

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2019

Guidance for fashion companies on design for recycling

Textile recycling is often framed as a solution to either one of two important questions: What is the best use of textile waste, environmentally and resource-wise? and how do we make the textile industry (environmentally) sustainable? While the first...

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2019

Capturing microfibers – marketed technologies reduce microfiber emissions from washing machines

Microfibers are a common type of microplastic. One known source of microfibers to the environment is domestic laundering, which can release thousands of fibers into washing machine effluent with every wash. The paper has adapted existing methods to m...

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2019

The contribution of washing processes of synthetic clothes to microplastic pollution

Microplastic pollution caused by washing processes of synthetic textiles has recently been assessed as the main source of primary microplastics in the oceans. Therefore, understanding the effective contribution of the washing process of synthetic clo...

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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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2018

Farmer Field Schools: Role of Livestock in Sustainable Agriculture

Efficient and sustainable livestock production relies on good agricultural practices, including appropriate feeding, breeding, and health care as well as a value chain approach and market-oriented production. In Farmer Field Schools (FFSs), s...

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2018

Integrated best available practices for wastewater management in textiles - a 2018 German conference manual

Sustainable textile wastewater management remains a challenge owing to a number of factors - lack of knowledge on latest best available technologies, economic challenges and more. This manual is based on a conference held in Germany in 2018 to sha...

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2018

Microbial solutions for textile wastewater treatment - a review

Development of sustainable wastewater treatment has become a necessity in today's fashion industry. With challenges in conventional physical and chemical methods, many industries are exploring eco-friendly biological solutions to sustainably treat...

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2018

Phytoremediation techniques for the removal of dye in wastewater

Conventional textile wastewater treatment methods such as physical and chemical have their own challenges and hence many stakeholders are exploring sustainable technologies such as phytoremediation and bioremediation.

This review article e...

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2018

Decolorization of textile waste water, with an emphasis on microbial treatment processes

In this PhD thesis, using reactive azo dyes as model components, several aspects were studied contributing to a better understanding of dye degradation and its removal from textile wastewater. A number of available molecular tools were implemented an...

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2018

Aquatic plants and algae for textile wastewater treatment - a case study

In recent years, growing needs for sustainable textile wastewater treatment practices have led to the exploration of phytoremediation as a potential, cost effective solution for the same. This case study explores the use of aquatic plants and alga...

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2018

Recycling of waste sludge: Preparation and application of sludge-based activated carbon

Resource utilization of sludge is one of the important efficient methods for solving this issue. Sludge-based activated carbon (SBAC) materials have high adsorption performance and can effectively remove environmental pollutants including typical org...

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2018

Role of Better Cotton Initiative on cotton productivity - a case study from Mozambique

This article explains the challenges faced by the Mozambique cotton farmers in enhancing productivity and how partnerships with organizations such as Better Cotton Initiative enables them to implement sustainable measures to increase the yield. Read More

2018

Profitable and sustainable cotton cultivation - recommendations from Mississippi State University

This article discusses some of the efficient measures recommended by Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State University Extension and Research agronomist for a profitable and sustainable cotton cultivation for the Delta farmers. It states that while yield...

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2018

Optimizing hemp fiber production for high performance composite applications

Hemp is an emerging sustainable crop being explored for various industrial applications including textiles. This research study explores the effects of cultivation techniques and post-harvest processing methods on the quality and yield of hemp for...

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2018

Advances in performance and applications of hemp fibres - a review

This review article shares emerging research inputs on the performance of hemp fibres and their innovative applications. The objective is to enhance the use of hemp as natural fibres in textile applications.

Hemp can be grown in any land a...

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2018

Potential of biosynthetics for textiles - a guide from Textile Exchange

This guide prepared by Textile Exchange provides details on the current status and emerging developments in the field of biosynthetics for use as sustainable and durable textile fibres.

Prepared by the organization’s Biosynthetics Worki...

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2018

Technology advancements for textile overstock reduction - an overview

This article discusses some of the emerging sustainable solutions for textile overstock reduction. The objective is to enable fast fashion brands, entrepreneurs and designers to build a sustainable fashion supply chain process.

Some of the...

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2018

Potential of nanotechnology for sustainable textiles - an overview

This article explores some of the emerging opportunities for use of nanotechnology for sustainable textiles.

Nanotechnology has been used in the clothing industry for nearly two decades, but to a limited extent, where many brands have wor...

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2018

Digital textile printing - need for sustainable supply chain

This article shares insights from Debbie McKeegan, a leading digital textile expert on the need for supply chain sustainability to implement a sustainable digital textile printing.

It provides an overview of environmental benefits of digit...

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2018

Challenges and opportunities in blockchain for textiles - a framework

This whitepaper by Cognizant explores the opportunities and challenges in building a blockchain based framework for developing a transparent apparel and footwear supplychain. It discusses an emerging solution called distributed ledger technology (...

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2018

Best practices for social media marketing in fashion - a case study

This brief article discusses the efforts of two Canadian researchers to develop innovative social media marketing concepts to engage large audiences with academic research on sustainability.

They took a detailed approach over two years to ...

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2018

Role of NGOs in promoting rural entrepreneurial networks in textiles

This article discusses the critical role of NGOs in developing the handloom sector in different countries in particular India, through various case studies and market statistics.

Through a textile cluster case study in Madhya Pradesh, it d...

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2018

Case Study: The end of packaging trash in fashion.

The challenge of maintaining quality across various aspects of the textile value chain has meant that historically, disposable plastic packaging has remained a necessary evil. Now though, with the growing availability of reusable packaging systems to...

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2018

Bridging the credit gap: Water sustainability through innovative financing

Overuse of water in the conventional production of cotton is certainly not sustainable and warrants urgent attention. The Drip Pool Programme is one of C&A Foundation's innovative initiatives that makes it possible for poorly resourced cotton farmers...

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2018

Can VR be a tool in teaching sustainability practices in fashion education?

The last few years in the fashion industry has inspired an army of consumers to ask brands for greater transparency and better lives for those who toil in the fashion supply chain. The article explores the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in fashion educa...

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2018

Role of multi-stakeholder initiatives in Swedish apparel brands’ sustainable supply chain management

This article aims to increase the understanding of multi-stakeholder initiatives and their role towards building a sustainable supply chain management in the Swedish apparel industry.

Three multi stakeholder initiatives (MSI) are discussed ...

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2018

National multi stakeholder initiatives for apparel industries in Germany and Netherlands - a review

This article shares insights on some of the national multi stakeholder initiatives developed in Germany and Netherlands to improve social and environmental conditions along the entire supply chain. Two initiatives are discussed - The German Partne...

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2018

Development of national multi stakeholder initiatives for Germany - a case study

This article briefly discusses the efforts taken by BMZ, Germany to build a national multi stakeholder initiative called Partnership for Sustainable Textiles and its contribution to the sustainability of German fashion supply chain.

The ob...

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2018

Sustainable apparel sector in Germany - a review of German development policy

This article discusses some of the initiatives taken by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany in building a sustainable apparel ecosystem.

It provides a background of the current working conditions in gl...

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2018

Conservation of water resource in textile and apparel industries

Conservation of natural resources, mainly water savings captured the prime attention of ecological concern for manufacturing entities; especially for industries like Textile and Readymade garment industry where plenty of water is used on daily basis....

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2018

Teardown and redesign: dis- and re-assembling textile blends in the circular economy

This report explores the potential of Designing for disassembly (DfD) to enhance recyclability in blended textiles. The paper presents the creative textile designer as a potential driver for sustainable innovation which rather than suggesting end-of-...

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2018

Microplastics shedding from textiles—Developing analytical method for measurement of shed material representing release during domestic washing

This article presents research enabling for identification of whether the shedding of microplastics from different types of fabric was dependent on construction parameters. This paper proposes a test method for measuring microplastics shedding occurr...

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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. It al...

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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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2017

Guiding farmers towards water footprint management on cotton farms

Cotton is the most preferred natural fibre in the textile industries. Over 3% of the total 70% agricultural water is used for cotton cultivation. Increasing concerns over unsustainable water management practices in the textile cotton cultivation h...

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2017

Organic animal husbandry - a 2017 Indian conference proceedings

Growing needs for sustainable practices across the fashion value chain have led to many brands focusing on organic methods to be followed wherever possible across the entire process - from farm to retail. In this regard, various technology advance...

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2017

Treatment of artificial wastewater containing two azo textile dyes by vertical-flow constructed wetlands

Strategies, as of now, used for treating textile wastewaters have technical and economical restrictions. The greater part of the physico-chemical methods, which are used to treat this kind of wastewater, are costly, produce large amounts of sludge an...

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2017

Degradation of synthetic azo dyes of textile industry: A sustainable approach using microbial enzymes

Physical or chemical methods for textile wastewater pretreatment are of high cost, extremely energy consuming, and environmentally low efficient and generate toxic sludge. Thus, the use of microbial technique for textile dye degradation will be eco-f...

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2017

Solar thermal solutions for textile industries - a case study

This study discusses the efforts of a South Indian textile firm Frontier Knitters Private Limited, to implement solar thermal solutions in its factory. The objective is to explore the use of concentrated solar thermal technology as a replacement t...

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2017

Role of organic cotton for sustainable cotton supply chain - efforts by CottonConnect

This article explores the role of CottonConnect, a leading organization for organic cotton cultivation. The organization provides solutions to a number of cotton farmers for shifting to organic through training, enabling access to information and ...

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2017

Pesticide use in global cotton production - a review

This review article prepared by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN-UK), provides insights on the detailed study carried out by the organization to understand the impact of pesticides use for cotton cultivation on the environment, soil and farmers. I...

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2017

On-farm weed control strategies for cotton - experiences from cotton growers

This case study resource discusses the efforts of 6 Australian cotton growers in sustainably controlling the weeds through crop rotation technologies.

It discusses in detail the expert partnerships they have to review their strategies and ...

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2017

Textile to textile recycling opportunities for Nordic countries - a case study

This project report is aimed at achieving the Nordic Council of Ministers’ action plan of promoting business models for sustainable textile recycling.

It involves detailed case studies on textile recycling with 10 brands to understand t...

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2017

Empowering Female Workers in the Apparel Industry Three Areas for Business Action

The substantial attention on women’s contributions to and challenges within the global apparel sector over the last decade has spurred many initiatives seeking to improve working conditions, build skills, and promote well-being for women workers. T...

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2017

Development of an efficient route for combined recycling of PET and cotton from mixed fabrics

Most textile waste is either incinerated or landfilled today, yet, the material could instead be recycled through chemical recycling to new high-quality textiles. The focus of this paper is on the separation of cotton and PET from mixed textiles, ca...

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2017

Mix –Separation and recycling of textile waste fiber blends

The ambition of the project was to answer the question: Which technical methods are required to separate nylon (polyamide) and elastane (polyurethane) from other fiber types, to enable recycling of these textile blends. The project identifies two sep...

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2017

Mix –Separation and recycling of textile waste fiber blends

The ambition of the project was to answer the question: Which technical methods are required to separate nylon (polyamide) and elastane (polyurethane) from other fiber types, to enable recycling of these textile blends. The project identifies two sep...

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2017

You’re creating most of the carbon footprint of your clothes (without even realising it)

80% of the carbon footprint of the clothes we buy happens once we’ve already bought them. The carbon footprint comes from washing and drying cycles, the use of excessive detergents and softeners, and the release of microfibers which sewage treatmen...

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2017

Sustainable textile innovations: EcoVero, an alternative to viscose

The production of petroleum-based fibers continues to cause irreversible damage to our environment, more and more companies are seeking out alternative, sustainable fibers, and fabrics. This article examines the new, more responsible option to viscos...

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2017

SeaCellTM is made from brown algae

Seaweed has always been linked to health and medical benefits. It's a rich source of antimicrobial nutrients and also anti-inflammatory properties. This makes seaweed an inherently healthy source for skin-friendly fibers. Recognizing the scope for th...

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2017

Co-optimizing solutions in water and agriculture lessons from India for water security

India is amongst those with the most fragile water resources across the world. The serious impact of this stress was evident in early 2016 when 300 million Indians faced severe water shortages following two consecutive seasons of weak monsoons. This ...

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2017

Co-optimizing solutions in water and agriculture lessons from India for water security

India is amongst those with the most fragile water resources across the world. The serious impact of this stress was evident in early 2016 when 300 million Indians faced severe water shortages following two consecutive seasons of weak monsoons. This ...

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2017

Multi Country Sustainable Cotton Programme

The Multi-Country Sustainable Cotton Programme, implemented by CottonConnect and local implementing partners in China, India, and Pakistan. The objectives of the program include the provision of technical support on organic farming practices to cotto...

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2017

Walmart’s Gigaton initiative for a sustainable supply chain - a road map

Leading retailer Walmart has launched an initiative to remove one gigaton of GHG emissions from its supply chain by 2030. This article provides a roadmap for the same, to successfully implement sustainable measures. The guide will also enable fash...

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2017

Water efficiency in textile processing: good practices and emerging technologies

Water use and effluent generation in the textile production industries are closely linked to the use of materials, including chemicals, and energy, also referenced as the energy-water-materials nexus. This paper presents concepts such as waste minimi...

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2017

Design for disassembly - A circular approach

Designing products with a focus on their renewability can shift the product-consumer relationship. The closed loop concept of a “circular economy” is emerging as a viable and promising solution to the current linear business model. This study ...

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2017

Chemical recycling: Making fiber-to-fiber recycling a reality for polyester textiles

New chemical recycling technologies are now coming on to the market at various stages of development, and have the potential to disrupt the material economy for PET textiles.These technologies accept a broad range of inputs, provided at least 70% to ...

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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 being imple...

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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 second-...

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2016

Microorganism-Based Treatment of Azo Dyes

Discharge of textile effluent into open environment is serious environmental problem and the color removal of wastewater is major environmental concern. Azo Dyes are the largest class of aromatic dyes having lots of commercial intere...

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2016

Microbial strategies for discoloration and detoxification of azo dyes from textile effluents

Wastewater from the textile industries contains a variety of pollutants, particularly dyes. In this review, different methods used for decolorization and detoxification of azo dyes have been discussed. Various physical, chemical and biological treatm...

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2016

Phytoremediation: Potential flora for synthetic dyestuff metabolism

Phytoremediation catalyzed by natural solar driven pumps (green plants) and their associated metabolic processes has emerged as a comparatively new approach and has proven to be one of the most effective environmental friendly strategies for removal,...

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2016

Role of hemp plant size on textile fibre quality - a case study

This study evaluates the potential of agronomic technologies on the hemp plant development and crop growth to enable production of long hemp fibres suitable for textile applications.

It involved detailed field trials with factors such as ...

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2016

Current status and emerging opportunities for transparency and traceability in textile value chain - a project study

This study carried out by European Commission, aims at analysing the benefits of transparency and traceability in the garment value chain and emerging opportunities in the same to implement an environmentally and socially sustainable textile value...

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2016

High-value textile to textile recycling - case study resource from Circle Economy

This resource from Circle Economy shares insights on its high value textile recycling projects carried out in partnerships with three brands - ReBlend, G-Star and ReShare.

The first case study on a project with G-Star shares its efforts t...

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2016

Employment opportunities from apparel manufacturing - a World Bank report

A new report by the World Bank estimates that apparel manufacturing has the potential to create over 1.2 million job opportunities.

The report titled Stitches to Riches - Apparel Employment, Trade and Economic Development estimates the pot...

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2016

Panipat textile cluster

The textile units in Panipat are involved in the manufacturing of cotton durries, carpets (woolen, cotton-based and synthetic); furnishings (bed covers, cushion covers, mats, etc.), woolen blankets, and cotton and woolen yarns. The overall energy con...

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2016

Technical brief: Benefits of using cold water for everyday laundry in the U.S.

Consumer behavior around how clothing is maintained has been identified as having a substantial environmental impact due to the energy required to wash and dry clothes. This report examines consumer attitudes and perceptions towards the laundry cycle...

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2016

How to be fashionably green

When retailers and their fashion brands address supply chain and packaging as part of the sourcing and manufacturing process, they can achieve cost savings and enhance sustainability. This ultimately boosts revenue and cuts costs and waste. The artic...

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2016

Innovative technologies for a closed loop fashion ecosystem - a case study of Nike

This article explores the various innovative strategies and technologies followed by Nike to implement a low-carbon, closed loop ecosystem. The company has planned to double its business while halving its environmental impact in the next few years...

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2016

Waste heat recovery in textile industry: A review

The textile industry is energy-intensive and it is observed that heat loss in various processes is very large. There is a lot of scope to recover waste heat energy in the textile industry as heat recovery systems require less investment and the payba...

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2016

Sustainable design strategies: Examination of aesthetics and function in zero waste and upcycling

The objective of the research is to examine sustainable design strategies from a designer's point of view. The frame of the thesis is based upon the notion of function and aesthetics and the hypothesis is that when these two elements coincide within ...

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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 with a compan...

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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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2015

Novel relationship marketing in green fashion - a case study on a German fashion retailer

Effective marketing is a key to the success of any industry product and with emerging trends for sustainable products, novel strategies provide value-added marketing in a more sustainable way. This holds good for the growing fashion industry too....

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2015

Evaluation of impacts of Better Cotton Initiative on smallholder cotton farmers in India

Cotton is the most preferred natural fiber in the textile industry. Growing challenges with the unsustainable practices in the cotton cultivation have resulted in many organizations developing sustainable practices and collaborating with farmers t...

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2015

Phytoremediation techniques and species for combating contaminants of textile effluents – An overview

Phyoremediation technology makes the use of the naturally occurring processes by which plants and their associated rhizospheric microflora degrade and sequester organic and inorganic pollutants Pollutant-degrading enzymes in plants probably originate...

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2015

Solar thermal solutions for textile processes - a case study

This presentation shares inputs on a project conducted by GIZ in collaboration with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and MNRE to analyse the potential of solar heating solutions for ...

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2015

Potential of polylactic acid fibres for textiles - a review

Biomaterials are gaining increased attention in recent years in the fashion industry and several researchers are working to explore their potential for use as sustainable textile fibres. This review article provides details on the same, with an em...

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2015

Innovative digital printing applications - a presentation by FTB

This presentation from ITMA 2015 conference shares insights on innovative digital textile printing applications as presented by the Research Institute for Textile and Clothing, Germany.

It provides an overview of digital and textile printi...

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2015

Extending the life of clothes - resources from WRAP

This resource prepared by WRAP provides guidance for both fashion retailers and brands on sustainable measures to extend the life of clothes through innovative designs and production methods.

The resources include a sustainable clothing gu...

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2015

Corporate social responsibility in the global garment supply chain: Analysing german approaches towards CSR

In this report, three selected German garment companies are analysed in order to compare their strategy according key elements of CSR. Comparison is made between companies’ approaches and relevant governmental and non-governmental organisations. Th...

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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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2014

Sustainable livestock waste recycling for enhanced farm profitability - a review

Animal based fibres such as leather and fur play an equal role as of plant fibres in the fashion industry. With increasing needs for sustainability across the fashion value chain, from the farm, sustainable livestock management and their waste tr...

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2014

Farming system design for innovative crop-livestock integration in Europe

Crop-livestock integration is suggested by many experts including fashion as a sustainable option to minimize GHG emissions from the livestock farming, however, implementing them on a large scale has its own challenges.

This case study in...

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2014

Enhanced degradation of textile effluent in constructed wetland system using plant Typha and endophytic bacteria

Textile effluent is the major contributor of water pollution and increasing stringent regulations to meet sustainability standards have enabled many fashion brands exploring sustainable treatment methods. With environmental and economic challenge...

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2014

Cellulose nanocrystals from cotton stalks for reinforcement of poly vinyl alcohol composites - a research study

This study presents an innovative avenue of extracting cellulose and cellulose nanocrystals from waste cotton stalks for using them as a reinforcement material in polyvinyl alcohol composites.

It involved detailed chemical and morphologic...

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2014

Demand forecasting in textiles to reduce overstock - a case study

Predicting sales accurately is challenging in the textiles industry, however, it is crucial for brands to offer sustainable customer services, manage the supply chain activities and prevent overstock. This case study discusses the key concepts of ...

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2014

Textiles made from agave fibres

Over the years there have been a number of natural fibers besides cotton, linen, and silk that has been used in the textile industry for various purposes. One such natural source from which fibers can be extracted is from the cactus plants. The artic...

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2014

More crop per drop: Water report of the cotton industry

This report offers a snapshot of the water challenges faced by the cotton industry, with a couple of compelling case studies that demonstrate what can be achieved through basic interventions via CottonConnect’s farmer training programs. Through its...

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2014

Measuring sustainability in cotton farming systems: Towards a guidance framework

The executive summary of the report, “Measuring sustainability in cotton farming systems: Towards a guidance framework” provides an overview of sustainability issues in cotton and takes stock of indicators used to measure sustainability. These ar...

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2014

Energy savings in thermal nonwovens processes

The nonwovens process comprises mainly three steps and the process requires a corresponding amount of energy, mainly electrical or thermal. In thermal nonwovens processes, most medium- and long-term costs are caused by the thermal energy generated. T...

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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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2013

GIS-based multi-criteria model for cotton crop land suitability - a case study from Pakistan

Increasing environmental challenges in conventional agricultural practices such as improper land management, ecological systems and resources have led to the development of precision or smart agricultural technologies to effectively manage the eco...

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2013

Utilization of textile mill sludge in burnt clay bricks

The study investigates the effect of Textile mill sludge addition in burnt clay bricks. Chemical composition of sludge and soil samples was analysed by ICP-AES, SEM and XRF facilities. Sludge percentage is varied from zero to thirty-five percent by w...

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2013

Sustainable solutions for insect and pest management in cotton - a guide

This article discusses various sustainable measures for farmers for effective insect and pest management in cotton.

Key measures include biological control, mechanical control and cultural control such as trap cropping, deep ploughing, ...

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2013

Physical and mechanical properties of hemp fibres - a research study

This study evaluates various physical and mechanical properties of hemp fibres through different experimental analysis. The objective is to enable textile industry professionals to compare with synthetic fibres and make sustainable decisions for u...

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2013

The potential for green textile sourcing from Tirupur – on the path to more sustainable global textile chains

The analysis focuses on the potential for applying Ecolabel standards and environmental management systems in Tirupur to positively influence environmental performance locally. The supply side in Tirupur has already undertaken huge investments and ad...

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2013

IKEA: Promoting sustainable cotton farming in India and Pakistan

In 2013, the Swedish home furnishing retailer, IKEA, joined the Business Call to Action with its commitment to procure and use by the end of 2015 only cotton coming from more sustainable sources. Most of the cotton used in IKEA products comes from Ch...

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2013

Sustainability of textiles - existing and emerging EU policy framework

The paper provides details on the existing and emerging legal framework to drive the sustainable textiles in the EU. Details on related standards, labelling, market opportunities and possible solutions for producers, retailers and policy makers t...

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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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2012

Enhancing innovation in livestock value chains through networks: Lessons from fodder innovation case studies in developing countries

Fodder scarcity is a perennial problem for many smallholder farmers in developing countries. This paper discusses how fodder technologies and knowledge have been introduced and integrated in diverse livestock production systems in Ethiopia, Syria ...

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2012

Energy management opportunities in textile industries - an overview

This study provides details on different types of energy used across the major textile processes along with the quantum with an emphasis on electrical and thermal energy used in wet processing. Various energy management options that can be impleme...

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2012

Textile exports - a key to reduce poverty among rural communities

This article stresses the need for textile exports to enable countries to reduce poverty among the textile communities.

It refers to the report of the World Bank on The Promise and Peril of Post-MFA Apparel Production, and states that appa...

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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 to enable aca...

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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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2010

Heat recovery in the textile dyeing and finishing industry: lessons from developing economies

Dyeing and finishing activities are energy-intensive and these depend on imported fossil fuels. By turning to heat recovery, significant cost savings can be achieved improving profitability and competitiveness. This review analyses the techniques ...

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Natural cellulose fibers upgrading

The modern techniques try to replace the complicated, labor-intense treatment of the fibers with harsh chemicals – boiling in hot, concentrated alkaline or acidic concoctions under pressure. Catalytic Advanced Oxidation developed by Hydrogen Link f...

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Water management: Responsible water management in cotton irrigation systems

Existing natural water resources can sustain cotton production in many areas of the world with minimal environmental impact. In many regions of the world, cotton gets all of its water from rainfall—water that would be used by whatever vegetation is...

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Case history: Revois Energy - Heat recovery in a textile industry

The case history refers to recovering the heat contained in the fumes coming out of three steam generators in the textile industry. Before the intervention, no recovery of the thermal waste had ever been implemented in the plant configuration of the ...

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Design management of sustainable fashion

The aim of this research is to advance an understanding of how design in the fashion industry can be successfully managed to contribute to environmental sustainability. Its objectives are to investigate how fashion businesses establish and support en...

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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 is carrie...

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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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