Garment Industry lists Sustainability as top priority
The textile and garment industry is one of the largest industries in the world. This industry contributed around $920 billion to the global economy in 2018. This industry is a strong force pushing for development in the global economy. However, at the same time, this industry is also the second largest polluter globally. With the rising awareness of environmental protection, the garment industry is becoming more aware of the importance of sustainability.
Recently, one of the world’s largest textile fairs, Heimtextil, has pledged to make sustainability as its top priority. Detlef Braun, a member of the executive board at Messe Frankfurt that host Heimtextile Fair, said:
It is therefore a logical conclusion that the sustainable development goals should be integrated in our worldwide textile events to generate acute awareness of the importance of sustainability in the textile industry. The Heimtextile Fair has also spotlighted that sustainable material will become a trend in upcoming years, including material composition and manufacturing advancements.
Fashion brands are turning to recyclable material
According to FranklinTill, a London design studio who focuses on sustainability, materials are the “building blocks of a sustainable design agenda”. In order to achieve more sustainability, fashion brands are turning to recyclable materials.
Last year, fast fashion giant Zara has announced to use 100 percent sustainable fabrics by 2025 (see #3). Currently, sustainable or organic cotton and linen, sustainable viscose and recycled polyester make up for almost 90 percent of Zara’s raw material. By 2025, Zara will use 100 percent of these sustainable fabric.
Zara has been the world’s most sustainable retailer for the past three years and was the first fashion brand to make such commitment. Actually, Zara’s move followed its parent group Inditex. Inditex’s CEO, Pablo Isla, said “sustainability is a never-ending task” and the group aims to become a sustainability leader in the industry.
In the future, the garment industry will value more on sustainability and more garment brands will find ways to become more sustainable.