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Planet Textiles pushes sustainability, need for water usage reduction

Planet Textiles has made a big supportable request at one-day conference on environmental and social issues in the textile sector. There were more than 340 delegates from 25 countries present at the conference among them were two-day Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) annual members meeting and the SAC manufacturers’ forum. There were discussion on textile wastewater pollution, chemical management and natural resource conservation for both energy and water use.

Manoj Gulati, executive director, India, from international NGO stated that the value of the Indian textiles industry, currently at $108 billion, is expected to reach $223 billion by 2021. Presently, the Indian textiles sector consumes around 830 million cubic litres of water per annum

Tracy Nilsson, senior director of social environmental affairs at Adidas during the conference emphasized the significance of reducing water use at a minimum of 20 per cent by 2020.During the breakout sessions a solution on practical sustainable, solutions for textile wet processing, chemical management and discharge, and pollution were also discussed.

He further stated the importance of water in life and industry. With an increase and ever growing issue of water scarcity, we have developed an overall approach to address water efficiency, improve wastewater quality and provide better accessibility to water in communities, Nilsson added.