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Sustainability in Textile Industry; Reality and Challenges

Sustainability in Textile Industry; Reality and Challenges

Sustainability in the textile industry is a phrase that we hear often today. The growing concerns of the industry and other stakeholders regarding the need to eliminate wastage, use different types of sustainable textiles, and make production and operational procedures more efficient have contributed towards the buzz around the same. 

More companies and producers are choosing sustainable textile materials today along with considering various other sustainable textile innovations for lowering their environmental footprint and optimizing resource usage. Lowering wastage of resources is another key motif at most sustainable textile companies in recent years. 

Is sustainability well-entrenched in the textile industry today?

Even though leading companies are taking steps towards scaling up their sustainability levels, the ground reality calls for urgent measures to be taken. Textile handling involves synthetic blends and mixtures along with colors and helper synthetics which may contribute towards environmental risks, if not managed suitably.

Industries require higher compliance, monitoring, and better guidelines. They also need to step up their awareness drives amongst all stakeholders throughout the system. More emphasis is required for using sustainable textile materials as well. As experts mentioned at an ATEXCON (Asian Textile Conference) session, there has to be urgency in taking ownership of all sustainability drives across the Indian textile sector. This will help it ensure a lower environmental footprint overall. 

Solutions embraced by leading textile manufacturers

There are sustainable textile innovations and solutions steadily being adopted by several leading manufacturers in India. Taking the example of the Welspun Group, one of the country’s biggest and most reputed brands in the industry, it has taken concerted effort towards all-round sustainability. The Group maintains a strong water recycling initiative, having successfully recycled 4,083 million litres of water for FY22 alone. It makes use of sustainable materials for production, having sourced 45% of its cotton from fully sustainable sources in this period. 

The Welspun Group has also created a 30 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant at Anjar while emphasizing on waste recycling and ecosystem revival. Not a single drop of freshwater is used. All the company’s suppliers and stakeholders are provided information in order to build awareness about sustainable and eco-friendly practices. 

ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) is a key priority for the Welspun Group, and it has also set up a dedicated digital platform for ESG KPI reporting, measurements, and tracking. It has fused technology and innovation towards coming up with future-friendly sustainable approaches. Many industry players can follow suit and generate their own blueprints for lowering environmental impact.