Sustainable textile trade and value chain in China

Updated : October 2020


  • EHS professionals
  • IT manager
  • National and regional policy makers
  • Production professionals
  • Synthetic fiber professionals
  • Testing and standards professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

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 involves identifying knowledge and capacity gaps as well as recommendations for improving the same. It has also assisted in creating awareness on sustainable textile trade among the stakeholders and led to Jiangsu's transition towards green economy. Data related to market access and competitiveness concerns as well as barriers to sustainable textile trade are also provided.

The study involved a detailed review of the sustainable textile trade and valuechain policy, perspectives from over 20 industry experts through interviews, a detailed survey of the existing scenario in 37 textile and apparel plants and five field studies for implementation of sustainable measures. Analysis of existing data showed that synthetic fibre production, printing and dyeing were the most polluting sub-sectors in terms of water pollution. The study concludes that several initiatives in the form of design and process innovations and business intelligence systems are being taken by the industry stakeholders as well as policy makers to enhance sustainability in the Chinese textile trade and global value chain.

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