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UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
WRAP, a non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in climate change, conducted research in the UK and provided advice to Brands and Retailers to make changes to the design of their apparel products in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment.
Some of the alternatives proposed include: clothing rental and efforts to achieve circularity in production activities.
In its research, WRAP concludes the behavior patterns of British society in clothing shopping as follows:
- 45% of Britons buy clothes at least once a month, 13% buy clothes every week. Age is a key factor, 81% of 18-24 year olds buy clothes at least once a month. The frequency of purchases increases in line with the increase in the level of welfare of the citizens.
- About 23% of consumers regularly buy clothes to use for a short time and then throw them away.
- 54% of Britons say they enjoy buying used/vintage. Women prefer used clothes than men, people aged 65 and over do not like used clothes the most.
- 39% of Britons have a messy wardrobe and it’s hard to know what’s in their wardrobe. This percentage increases in the age range of 18-34 years by 46% and those who have children by 43%.
- 59% of Britons go to great lengths to keep their clothes, 57% look for ways to repair damaged items to keep them usable. (Just Style)
India’s textile industry has strengths in every sector, from upstream to downstream.
The types of production are also complete, ranging from traditional woven fabrics, hand-crafted textiles, and silk fabrics to the modern TPT industry using capital-intensive technology and mass production capacity.
This classification of modern textiles includes the fiber-making, spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing/printing processes of fabrics and finishing, and finally the processing of apparel and other textile goods.
India’s textile production value reaches US$150.5 billion. In 2021, India managed to export US$41 billion consisting of: apparel US$12 billion, household textiles US$4.8 billion, fabrics US$4 billion, yarn US$3.8 billion, fiber US$1.8 billion and others.
Meanwhile, for domestic consumption, textiles contributed US$75 billion, which was divided into: apparel at US$55 billion, technical textile at US$15 billion, and household textiles at US$5 billion.
India’s main export destinations are the United States with a share of 27%, the European Union 18%, Bangladesh 12%, and the United Arab Emirates 6%.
India’s main import is raw wool fiber imported from four main countries of origin: Australia, New Zealand, China and Turkey.
The main investors in India’s textile industry come from the following countries: Japan, Mauritius, Italy and Belgium.
Worn Again Technologies has built a pilot textile recycling project in Winterthur Switzerland. For the construction of this factory, Worn has spent US$30.5 billion.
This company wants to build a textile factory with a sustainable value chain, environmentally friendly, and able to produce without leaving any waste or what is known as a close loop production process.
This recycling plant will have a production capacity of 1,000 tons of textiles per year using the latest technology in polymer processing.
Worn Again Technologies CEO, Erik Koep, said this project is a testament to their commitment to building a recycled textile industry.
According to him, now is the time to start the development of the textile industry which will enable the creation of a collaborative textile economy circular.
Last June, Worn launched the idea of building the Swiss Recycling Ecosystem, which is an important milestone in the improvement of recycling technology.
This ecosystem is an integrated network consisting of TPT producers, textile waste collectors and sorters, Brands owners, and technology/machinery providers.
All of these elements will work collaboratively to build a vision of sustainability in the textile industry. (Just Style)
Young people are attracted to stretch denim because it looks attractive and is comfortable to wear. Today, denim clothing dominates the apparel market.
Initially, this type of fabric was made using cotton yarn mixed with petroleum-based synthetic materials.
Unfortunately, this kind of material has the potential to damage the environment because it takes hundreds of years to decompose properly in landfills.
Alberto Candiani, a textile expert in Milan, saw salami smoked meat hanging in a local shop using a casing made of natural rubber. Here he saw an opportunity to replace elastane as a stretch denim fabric by creating COREVA technology.
Today, billions of stretch denim garments that are burned in the trash can cause air pollution.
By using COREVA technology, the use of elastane as a stretch effect on denim fabrics is replaced with bio-based raw materials that are environmentally friendly according to EU EN 13432 standards.
The process of making this raw material is carried out in an innovative way, namely cotton fiber wrapped in natural rubber. This product is patented by Candiani.
This manufacturing process also does not reduce the quality of the jeans fabric in terms of elasticity, durability, and other physical qualities of their stretch denim fabric.
In a condition where natural resources are decreasing and landfills are filled with used clothing waste, innovations to reduce the impact of environmental damage must receive the full attention of all parties.
So far, Candiani has been supplying this stretch denim fabric to Denham the Jeans Maker and Stella McCartney.
COREVA technology has already attracted the attention of around 15 world famous brands including Huit, Kings of Indigo, and Dondup. (Euratex)
Japanese Textile Foreign Trade Transactions in Numbers
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