Environmental responsibility is driving positive change all along the textile supply chain. Investment in new eco-efficient technologies is a high priority within the industry, and corporate cultures are dedicating more time and energy to broadening, diversifying and strengthening a commitment to sustainable practices. Business leaders across the board are dialed into consumers’ heightened interest in how apparel and footwear is made, and are striving to create quality products using cleaner and greener processes. Transparency from “From dirt to shirt,” and “From field to fabric” is the new normal in today’s marketplace.
The companies profiled on the following pages get it. These firms are actively embracing sustainability. Product development focused on reducing resources without compromising performance is front and center. So, too, is innovation centered on the anthem “renew, reuse, recycle.” The result: Textile suppliers secure in the knowledge that what is good for the planet is also good for business.
An in-depth look at the eight companies featured in this special Insight on Sustainability section offers an optimistic view of eco efforts going forward. The advances achieved, and the ambitious goals outlined by each company are exciting. But when they combine, as an industry overall, then we see that textile businesses are truly becoming a force for good.