Climate Change

The challenge of a sustainable textile industry

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The production of the textile industry has doubled in recent years to satisfy a high demand from the population and in response to a new consumption model based on fast fashion. This new way of consuming has taken the textile industry to second place among the most polluting industries after the oil industry, which heads the ranking.

The environmental impact of the textile industry in figures:

  • Every year, half a million tons of microfiber are thrown into the sea, which is equivalent to 3 million barrels of oil.
  • It is responsible for 8% of the planet’s CO2 emissions (850 million tons per year). That is, more than all the ships and planes on the planet emitted that year.
    387 million liters of water are used in the textile industry. This industry is the second most demanding of water, and generates around 20% of the world’s wastewater.
  • 100 million garments are produced per year and only 25% are recycled.
  • The social impact is one of the main problems facing the textile industry; to meet a high demand for garments, cheap labor is used in deplorable working conditions. In these supply chains, corporate profits are put above human well-being.

These figures are unsustainable, they send a red alert to society and companies that must change their consumption and production model to a more sustainable one along with new policies promoted by different governments. Companies have seen this change in recent years in the consumer profile to be more concerned about the environment, sustainability and the conditions in which their garments are produced. This is why various initiatives have been carried out to embark on a green path within the industry, some of them are:

Circular economy:

One of the biggest problems currently is overproduction and little recycling of everything produced. The Iberian Textile Recycling Association assures that each Spaniard throws away between 10 and 14 kilos of clothing per year, but only between 1.5 and 2.5 kilos end up in containers for recycling.

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  • Renewable and/or sustainable raw materials:

    By 2030 it is predicted that the textile industry will use 35% more land than it currently does to grow cotton and forests for cellulosic fibers. Given these figures, an immediate change in resources and management must be made. The use of natural fibers obtained in an environmentally appropriate way such as organic agriculture or certified organic livestock contributes in a very notable way to minimizing the negative effects of intensive agriculture and livestock with a high environmental impact.

    The industrial sector has focused research on so-called “smart textiles” that can provide greater benefits in terms of sustainability and also new features with garments capable of detecting and reacting to physiological parameters, environmental conditions, mechanical, thermal and chemical stimuli and electrical sources. or magnetic to provide an additional benefit.

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  • Educate the consumer:

    The continuous demand for new products forces factories to accelerate their production processes, which in many cases results in lower quality products that spoil more easily. It is essential that consumers immerse themselves in a re-education process and learn to consume less, but better.

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  • Supply chain:

    Most of the time we buy, we do not know the background of the clothes we usually wear. Behind all this there is a long process that is progressively destroying the environment. A great objective within the industrial sector that is increasingly taking center stage is transparency in the materials and manufacturing processes used. There is continuous improvement in the labeling of technical quality, care and durability of the products. This way, the end customer has the correct information and can make a decision with better judgment about which product to buy.

    One of the main keys lies in the shift from the global to the local to spearhead a better understanding of product value and longevity. To achieve this, governments and key leaders must promote and facilitate local value chains, guaranteeing access to sustainable production.

One of the main keys lies in the shift from the global to the local to spearhead a better understanding of product value and longevity. To achieve this, governments and key leaders must promote and facilitate local value chains, guaranteeing access to sustainable production.

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