Reducing the Impact of the Textile Industry on the Environment

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Climate change is a hot topic of debate at the moment, with increasing carbon dioxide emissions posing a risk to the future of our planet. One industry that is often scrutinized for its sizeable environmental impact is the textile industry. According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, fashion is responsible for 10% of all global CO2 emissions. Toxic wastewater from fabric production is also hugely damaging to aquatic and human life. In particular, fast fashion is to blame for the more negative effects. Consumers are purchasing 60% more clothes yet keeping them for 50% as less. What's more, an astonishing 85% of all clothing ends up in landfill sites across the world.
At YARN&FABRIC, creating sustainable textiles that are better for our planet is core to our company's beliefs. Here's a closer look at what we are doing to improve our environmental impact. We also delve into what other textile manufacturers or consumers can do to play their part and why this is vital for the future of our planet.
How is YARN&FABRIC Eco-Friendly?
YARN&FABRIC is a full-cycle company, meaning that every step of our manufacturing process happens in-house. We are the designers, producers, and suppliers to multiple companies worldwide, all rolled into one. What does this have to do with sustainability? By controlling every step of the process – from the birth of an idea to sell our products to international markets – we can ensure that all our departments work towards one main goal: to have as little environmental impact as possible. This clear direction and shared philosophy make our mission achievable.
We aim to always use natural fibers with a lower environmental impact in the design and production process than synthetic materials.
The techniques that we use to manufacture our products are also continually analyzed and improved, removing any steps that cause damage to the environment. The industry is constantly evolving with new and modern eco-friendly techniques, and we are growing with them. We are working hard to reduce the number of chemicals used, replacing them with enzymes where possible, and recycling water used during production.
All of our materials are also made of the highest quality. By reliably producing fantastic high-standard textiles, we aim to reduce the amount that ends up in landfills. Our materials last longer than other companies, perfect for all fashion and home textiles producers.
How Can Manufacturers Reduce Their Environmental Impact?
The first step for anyone within the textile space looking to go green is to purchase sustainably sourced and eco-friendly materials like ours. The majority of carbon dioxide emissions come from the manufacturing of fabrics. For the cultivation of regular cotton need a huge amount of water - to produce one cotton T-shirt takes 2720 liters, these are the figures resulting organization Institute of Water. Therefore, by opting for fabrics made from sustainable materials and via eco-friendly manufacturing processes, you're already drastically reducing your carbon footprint.
You should also consider consumer usage, especially if producing garments. One study estimated that this phase in the lifecycle of clothing is the most detrimental to the environment. This is down to the water and energy used in washing and drying items and the microplastics released into the water during the process. As producers or retailers, encouraging good consumer habits such as washing items less frequently and at a lower temperature can be hugely beneficial.
At the end of the clothing's lifecycle, companies should also seek to improve the collection and recycling of old textiles. This is why the quality of the materials chosen is also essential – the higher the quality, the longer the lifespan of an item. Carefully cutting materials to ensure less waste is also crucial, explicitly designing garments to have a timeless and modular design to encourage reuse and recycling.
How Can Consumers Reduce Their Environmental Impact?
It is down to businesses in the fashion and textile industries to adopt sustainable practices and habits, but consumers also need to shift. While some people may question the impact of their role, if everyone made small changes, it would make a massive difference to the world we live in.
As a consumer, you can start by always purchasing clothing from sustainable brands rather than buying from fast fashion businesses. Choosing good quality items will also reduce the need to buy new clothes shortly afterward and mean that more clothing can be passed down and reused. In general, environmentally conscious customers will also look at alternative options, such as purchasing second-hand items, swapping clothing with friends, and repairing broken items rather than purchasing new ones.
Why is a Sustainable Textile Industry Important?
The primary importance of sustainable textile industry is simple: we need to care about the planet we live on. Without making a shift towards a greener future, the future for our world looks very bleak indeed. We all live in this world together, and we each must play our role in looking after it. This is why there has been a considerable shift toward sustainability in the past years, not just in the textile industry but within many different sectors worldwide. At YARN&FABRIC, we are proud to be a part of this movement.
As sustainability is now driving our future, making greener choices is even more critical for businesses. Consumers are now considering the environmental impact of many of their purchases and choosing eco-friendly companies over ones that have a more significant impact on our planet. Therefore, by making simple, sustainable choices – such as purchasing our high-quality eco-friendly textiles, prioritizing sustainability during the design process, and encouraging customers to think green – you can boost business and make more money.
To make the step towards being more sustainable, browse our selection of textiles and fabrics by heading to our site. We have got everything any garment or home textile manufacturer could need, from cotton and lycra to denim and knits.