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Sustainable treatment of textile wastewater

Relevant regions : Bangladesh | China | France | India | Italy |

Wastewater from textile production, especially at the yarn and fabric dyeing stages, pose a significant challenge to the industry of the textile and fashion industry worldwide.

With strict mandates having emerged for such treatment in many countries, textile and apparel factories have put together a host of treatment systems (mostly a combination of physical and chemical treatments) in order to comply with the regulatory requirements. The long term sustainability of these treatment processes are however not clear as many of them use chemicals and also consume significant energy.

What are needed are more sustainable avenues - which could include among others a host of nature and bio-based mechanisms - for textile waste water treatment.

Stakeholders

  • City and local administration
  • EHS professionals
  • Energy management professionals
  • Machinery and equipment makers
  • NGOs
  • Production professionals
  • Researchers or innovators
  • Textile and fashion designers
  • Textile chemicals professionals
  • Textile education professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
  • Textile industry training professionals
  • Textile laundry and maintenance professionals
  • Textile printing professionals
  • Textile waste management professionals
  • Challenge questions

    How can the conventional methods for wastewater treatment (physical and chemical) be made more sustainable?

    Dec-2020

    While bio-based and other new solutions are being tried out for lowering the ecological footprint of textile industry wastewater, the conventional methods will still dominate for the larger part of 2020-2030. It thus is Imperative to figure out tweaks and ways by which these solutions can be made more sustainable for the short and medium term until the time when the newer solutions have achieved industry strength.

    Stakeholders : EHS professionals , Energy management professionals , Production professionals , Textile industry sustainability professionals , Textile waste management professionals ,

    How can bioremediation play a role in textile wastewater treatment?

    Dec-2020

    Since 2000, there has been a significant interest shown by the textile and apparel producers (especially fiber and fabric producers) to use natural bio-based treatment avenues for the waste water generated from operations. These avenues could use a range of bio-based sources, including microbes, to effectively treat part, or in some select cases even most, of the waste water.

    While bioremediation of textile waste water is still in its nascency, it could hold significant potential as a tool to make sustainable textiles a reality.

    Stakeholders : EHS professionals , Energy management professionals , Production professionals , Researchers or innovators , Textile education professionals , Textile industry sustainability professionals , Textile industry training professionals ,

    How can we minimize the amount of textile wastewater generated?

    Dec-2020

    The best way to treat waste is not to generate waste in the first place.

    While generating zero waste water might in textile processing, avenues that can significantly reduce the amount of wastewater produced during operations can go a long way in making textile industries more sustainable.

    Stakeholders : EHS professionals , Energy management professionals , Production professionals , Researchers or innovators , Textile and fashion designers , Textile industry sustainability professionals , Textile waste management professionals ,

    How can textile wastewater treatment be made low-energy and low-carbon?

    Dec-2020

    Textile effluent treatments need elaborate stages and processes in order to ensure that the resulting water post treatment meets strict pollution control norms. As a result, significant amounts of energy are utilized in many stages of the textile industry wastewater treatment.

    Finding out sustainable and more efficient solutions for these energy applications can save significant amounts of greenhouse emissions, as well as money!

    Stakeholders : EHS professionals , Energy management professionals , Machinery and equipment makers , Textile industry sustainability professionals , Textile waste management professionals ,