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

Updated : October 2020

Stakeholders

  • Production professionals
  • Sourcing professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals
  • Textile waste management professionals

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 textile industries to adapt to these measures to overcome resource scarcity issues.

A detailed analysis of the existing process scenarios and key challenges met in terms of water, raw materials and energy scarcity was carried out. Various sustainable measures obtained from earlier related case studies that could be implemented across the process value chain were also recommended. Another major approach being recommended is Industrial Symbiosis where residual or under-utilized resources from one business could be used by other businesses as a resource.

WISP partnered with 21 industries and 41 industries for water and resource management respectively. Results showed that demonstration projects and facilitated programmes such as WISP could enable more textile industry stakeholders to adopt sustainable measures.


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Topics

Circular business models in textiles

Industrial Symbiosis in textiles

Textile resource efficiency

Textile material reuse and recycling

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Geography
| South Africa
Year

2019

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