Sustainable Textiles

With consumers waking up to the impact of how their clothes and other textiles are made, it is important for retailers and manufacturers to understand the key sustainability risks in raw material supply chains.

Plant material

Cotton is the most popular plant fibre used in textiles production, however, this brings with it a series of challenges including:

  • High water usage
  • High pesticide and fertiliser use
  • Water pollution from chemical runoff
  • Soil erosion
  • Poor working conditions
  • Traceability challenges

Changes can be made to the cotton supply chain to make production practices more sustainable. Alongside this, some organisations are looking into alternative plants to produce clothes and other textiles, for example, hemp, flax and bamboo. However, these too can have environmental impacts depending on how and where they are grown.

Animal products

It is not only plant products used in textile production. Materials such as leather, wool and cashmere are all popular materials used in clothing and fashion which also come with an array of sustainability challenges. These are by-products of meat production, and carry with them the environmental challenges associated with rearing livestock. This can include:

  • Animal welfare
  • Deforestation
  • Water use
  • Overgrazing
  • Greenhouse gas emissions

We can support you with the following solutions:

  • The measurement of water and carbon footprints
  • Comparative assessments of different products
  • Supporting farmers with best-practice production approaches
  • Communicating sustainability issues to consumers

Take a look at our services to see how ADAS can help you improve the sustainability of your textile products.

Case study

Bamboo forest

Achieving a positive impact - how sustainable is bamboo?

Understanding the environmental and social impacts of the bamboo supply chain

Learn More

Copyright 2018 RSK ADAS Ltd.
ADAS is a trading name of RSK ADAS Ltd. Registered in England No. 10486936

| Terms Of Use | Privacy Copyright 2020 RSK ADAS Ltd.