The question of ethical business is not a new one to the clothing industry and if something goes not appear right to the western clothing consumer they will shout about it, media will dishonour the company in question, and brands can be ruined. Sweat shops, child labour, poor wages, forced overtime are all issues which are now addressed by nearly every exporter.
Texprocess from 24 to 27 May 2011 in Frankfurt am Main shows new systems and technologies helping to realize more sustainablitity in the textile and clothing industry.
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the ever increasing demands on resources, caused by human overpopulation, the impact of contemporary western lifestyles, expanding industrialization, the huge disparity between rich and poor, and other issues which are bringing widespread degradation and destruction of the natural environment on which all life ultimately depends.
The textile and clothing industry is a diverse one, as much in the raw materials it uses as the techniques it employs. At each of the six stages typically required to make a garment, the negative impacts on the environment are as numerous as they are varied.
A focus on textile sustainability enables the entire value chain to find cost savings and production efficiencies and pass those savings on to customers while reducing the impact of textile production on people and the environment.
Textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space; one million tons of textiles will end up in a landfill every year. According to the World Bank 20% of industrial fresh water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing. In 2009, the world used three trillion gallons of fresh water to produce 60 billion kilograms of fabric; it takes 700 gallons of fresh water to make one cotton t-shirt. 0ne trillion kilowatt hours is used every year by the global textile industry which equates to 10% of total global carbon impact.
There is a request from more and more buyers around the world for goods and products to be acquired from suppliers whose key parameters such as quality controls, compliance with mandatory standards, and presence of critical components or hazardous substances must be traceable up to and including the supply of raw materials.
Much of this will be on show at the brand new biennial exhibition, Texprocess, which is being established by Messe Frankfurt as the new leading international trade fair for processing textile and other flexible materials. This event for the garment and textile processing industry will be held in Frankfurt am Main from 24 to 27 May 2011, parallel to the already well established Techtextil, the international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens.
Texprocess will promote all the latest international technological innovations in the sector with products covering the entire supply chain from design, pattern production, cutting, making up and finishing to logistics, information technologies and technical accessories.