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BANGALORE – In certain manufacturing regions of the global textile and clothing sector, water has often been viewed as a burden for disposal once it has been used in the production process. But with rising water scarcity in many regions, this is changing, and the importance of wastewater collection, treatment and reuse is steadily being recognised as a crucial piece in the jigsaw when it comes to sustainable textile manufacture.

Four breakout sessions at the upcoming Planet Textiles in Bangalore, India on 24 May will refer to this important issue and how this wastewater can be reclaimed and reused under circular business model principles. A recent UNESCO report estimated that well over 80 per cent of wastewater worldwide (over 95 per cent in some developing countries) is released into the environment without treatment.

Sajid Hussaid, COO, Tamilnadu Water Investment Co, who was instrumental in the Zero Liquid Discharge Project in Tirupur will lead a session on textile wastewater and speak about some of the challenges he faced implementing this initiative in Tirupur dyehouses.

These include the lack of a policy framework, technology issues and how water scarcity, water economics and regulatory pressure – the main drivers of ZLD – ultimately determine financial viability.

Other panel members on this session include: Stefan Siedel, head of sustainability, Puma; Flaviano Bianchini, founder & director, Source International; Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan, head of sustainability, Pratibha Syntex and Rainer Zah, managing director at Quantis International which has developed and operates the Quantis Water Database – said to be the first database generating the water footprint of any product, service, company or organisation throughout its entire life cycle.

A session run by the ZDHC Group will flag up the importance of its wastewater discharge guidelines that it aims to roll out across its member brands' supply chains. More details on this will be announced shortly.

Oeko-Tex will moderate and run a special breakout session that aims to be a guide to the changing landscape of chemical management. "Continuous adoptions and changes of chemical regulations and restrictions regarding consumer products create a global demand for practical solutions," said Martin Cieslik, head of marketing & business development at Oeko-Tex. "The reduction of chemicals of concern requires globally harmonised strategies to proactively ensure a sustainable chemical management. Delegates will learn more on strategies and impacts to successfully meet the challenges within this context of constant change."

Panellists include: Jörg Diekmann, sales director, Hohenstein Group; Dr Pankaj Desai, ‎head research & development, Colourtex Industries; Shri R. K. Dalmia, senior president, Birla Century and Ullhas Nimkar, chairman & managing director, NimkarTek.

Swiss textile chemicals specialist Archroma will run a special textile wet processing session which will feature Elaine Gardiner, sustainability manager at Pentland Brands who will represent the AFIRM Group and Mohan Seneviratne, program manager at PaCT, International Finance Corporation. A major brand is also expected to join shortly.

During this session – hosted by James Carnahan, head of sustainability at Archroma, the emphasis will be on implementation of more sustainable solution in textile dyeing and finishing and how this can be accelerated. Cost will also be an issue.

"From our perspective, we feel that long-term sustainable solutions should not cost a premium," noted Carnahan, "in fact we should aim for them to be cheaper so that we can accelerate implementation."

Meanwhile, we can also confirm that Barruch Ben-Zekry, director of sustainable raw materials at VF Corporation will join Ian Rosenberger, the CEO of Thread International to talk about a project in Haiti where plastic bottles are hand-picked and turned into fabric for the likes of Timberland.

Planet Textiles takes place the day following the two-day annual Sustainable Apparel Coalition members meeting and includes an exhibition space for solutions providers.

To book your delegate place, visit: www.mclnews.com/events/planet-textiles-2017

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  • Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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  • Monday, 12 February 2018

    OutDoor members choose Messe München as new partner

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    Pure Origin reveals sustainability speakers

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  • Wednesday, 07 February 2018

    Industry input required for Pulse Report 2018

    COPENHAGEN ­– Global Fashion Agenda and The Boston Consulting Group are seeking respondents to the 2018 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report. Last year saw the first edition of the study, and once again this year the report will be launched at the…
  • Friday, 02 February 2018

    Calling all industry innovators

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  • Thursday, 01 February 2018

    International Cotton Conference 2018 set for Bremen

    BREMEN – Cotton industry experts from around the world will be converging on the German city of Bremen for the Annual International Cotton Conference on March. Topics announced on this year’s agenda include: sustainability, cotton quality, seed…
  • Thursday, 01 February 2018

    Planet Textiles agenda takes shape

    VANCOUVER – Preparations for this year’s edition of Planet Textiles, to be held at Vancouver’s Sheraton Hotel on May 22nd, are gathering pace as further speakers have been confirmed for the event’s line-up. The ever-growing issue of textile…
  • Friday, 19 January 2018

    EOCA embarks on ISPO donation drive

    MUNICH – The European Conservation Association (EOCA) has confirmed its attendance at ISPO Munich in order to raise funds which support conservation projects around the world. This round of fundraising is hoped to provide the necessary support in…
  • Wednesday, 17 January 2018

    Berlin sees sustainable surge

    BERLIN – A strong theme of sustainability is in evidence across the various shows which form Berlin Fashion Week. FashionTech, held this year at Kraftwerk, has featured brands and speakers with more of an environmental focus than ever before. To…
  • Thursday, 21 December 2017

    Ecotextile News’ highlights of 2017

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  • Monday, 18 December 2017

    Copenhagen Fashion Summit updates format

    COPENHAGEN – An updated format, which includes a new Innovation Forum, will be part of the 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit set to be held in May at the city’s Concert Hall. The sixth edition of the two-day event will centre around ‘sustainable…
  • Thursday, 14 December 2017

    Collaboration underpins ZDHC event

    AMSTERDAM – The ZDHC Foundation (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) today held its inaugural, invitation-only ‘Implementation Experience’ day across two venues in Amsterdam. The event, which culminated in the launch of the new ZDHC…
  • Saturday, 09 December 2017

    ‘Disruptive innovation’ focus at Fashion for Good

    AMSTERDAM – Following the launch of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s industry report last week, which called for the collective implementation of more sustainable strategies to introduce a circular economy, the Fashion for Good end-of-year event…
  • Wednesday, 06 December 2017

    Fashionsustain Berlin set for January

    BERLIN – Messe Frankfurt has announced the launch of Fashionsustain, a new two-day event in the textile industry calendar, set to be held in January 2018 as part of Berlin Fashion Week. Described by the organisers as an ‘incubator for responsible…
  • Thursday, 23 November 2017

    Planet Textiles 2018 – Registration open

    WAKEFIELD– Registration is now open for Planet Textiles 2018 which will be held on 22nd May in Vancouver in partnership once again with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. The event will be held at the Sheraton Wall Centre, one day before the SAC…
  • Friday, 10 November 2017

    Brazil event links digital production to textile sustainability

    RIO DE JANEIRO – Over 350 participants descended on Rio De Janeiro recently, for the 33rd annual IAF World Fashion Convention. At which, speakers from globally recognised brands, manufacturers and consulting firms including Hugo Boss, Esquel,…
  • Thursday, 09 November 2017

    Messe Frankfurt looks to Greenshowroom

    BERLIN – As we lead up to Greenshowroom and Ethical Fashion Show Berlin in January, Messe Frankfurt says sustainable fashion is increasing in demand. The show in Berlin will showcase environmentally-friendly fashion, such as jeans made from organic…
  • Wednesday, 08 November 2017

    GOTS India event debates social compliance

    DELHI – Weighty issues such as labour rights, living wages and land grabs were on the agenda at today’s Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) meeting on social compliance which was being held as a precursor event to the on-going 19th Organic World…
  • Wednesday, 01 November 2017

    Nature inspired apparel showcased by V&A

    LONDON – V&A has announced that it will showcase over 300 environmental garments at the company’s next fashion exhibition. The Fashioned From Nature exhibition aims to show how fashionable dress can use nature for inspiration, with garments designed…
  • Tuesday, 24 October 2017

    Kingpins teams up with ZDHC on denim

    NEW YORK – Global denim event Kingpins and the ZDHC Group have entered into a collaboration to drive more sustainable chemistry and to accelerate innovations to improve environmental performance for the denim industry. The first steps in this…
  • Friday, 13 October 2017

    Amsterdam to host responsible denim event

    AMSTERDAM – Fashion for Good has announced it is set to host Long Live Denim!, an event that will enable brands to gather and discuss the progress made by the two-year long Alliance for Responsible Denim (ARD) project, which has recently passed its…
  • Thursday, 12 October 2017

    GM cotton report sparks war of words

    WASHINGTON – The cotton industry has never been free from controversy. Whether debating sustainability, organic cotton status or genetic modification (GM), views across the industry have seldom been aligned. Following the release of the recent Soil…
  • Thursday, 12 October 2017

    India drags on organic cotton volumes

    WASHINGTON – Latest organic cotton production figures show that total global production fell 4 per cent in the 2015 – 16 season with volumes at 107,980 metric tonnes as production in number one region India fell to just over 60,000 metric tonnes –…
  • Thursday, 12 October 2017

    Kering sustainable fashion award winners confirmed

    LONDON - Over 350 guests, including sustainability experts, journalists and fashion industry professionals gathered in London last night for the 2017 Kering Talk, where Marco Bizzarri, president and CEO of Gucci, was the guest of honour and keynote…
  • Wednesday, 11 October 2017

    More brands sign sustainable cotton initiative

    WASHINGTON – 36 apparel brands and textile manufacturers have today joined the 13 original Sustainable Cotton Communique signatories in a pledge to use 100 per cent sustainable cotton by the year 2025. The announcement came at the annual Textile…

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