Ecodesign in the textile sector

CarboneTex published a reference article concerning ECODESIGN IN THE TEXTILE SECTOR.

At the request of the Techniques de l’Ingénieur editor, Emmanuel PRETET, ENSAIT textile engineer, wrote and published a landmark article on eco-design in the textile industry.

This article, about twenty pages, allows the reader an insight into current practices of eco-design in the textile industry, through examples and initiatives, but also with a focus on the various axes to develop for eco-design textiles. Having put in perspective with current limits and brakes, face the challenges of the textile industry.

Articles published by Techniques de l’Ingénieur used to popularize the subjects; they are easily accessible on a public insider or not, while returning to the technical and scientific characteristics.

Real guide and decision support tool, this article will help you better understand the eco-design applied to the textile industry, and will help you take the plunge.

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Abstract :

The textile industry is currently into a transformation, it needs to rethink its systems in order to build sober, sustainable and competitive processes. It must also strive to bring to market some products with low impact on the environment. Ecodesign help companies to achieve these goals. This article begins with a presentation of some ecodesign initiatives in the textile industry by giving the key points of a successful approach and the axes to be developed to design an eco-textiles. Then the textile sector issues will be exposed. Finally, current limitations and obstacles to overcome will open on the needs of the textile industry. This article enlightens the reader on the state of the sector, and the practical possibilities to eco-design a textile.
The textile industry is currently into a transformation, it needs to rethink its systems in order to build sober, sustainable and competitive processes. It must also strive to bring to market some products with low impact on the environment. Ecodesign help companies to achieve these goals. This article begins with a presentation of some ecodesign initiatives in the textile industry by giving the key points of a successful approach and the axes to be developed to design an eco-textiles. Then the textile sector issues will be exposed. Finally, current limitations and obstacles to overcome will open on the needs of the textile industry. This article enlightens the reader on the state of the sector, and the practical possibilities to eco-design a textile.

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Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® : New product label for safe and sustainably produced textiles

With the product label “Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®”, the Switzerland-based OEKO-TEX® Association presents a new certification for textiles proven to be safe in terms of human ecology and that are additionally produced in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. The label replaces the previous certification system OEKO-TEX® Standard 100plus and the Spanish mark “Made in Green by Aitex”. The latter is already used by several companies, of which Mango is the most well-known fashion brand, who use it to distinguish their products. After taking over the name rights, OEKO-TEX® and its 16 member institutes are, from now on, the exclusive issuers of the new “Made in Green” label.

“As a logical enhancement of our product portfolio”, says OEKO-TEX® General Secretary Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug, “the ‘Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®’ label offers companies in the textile industry the perfect tool for communicating to the consumer their commitment to sustainability directly on the product.” With the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification, brand suppliers, manufacturers and retailers have, since last year, been able to have their production plants assessed, analysed and audited by the OEKO-TEX® institutes with regard to sustainable production conditions. As a logical enhancement to this, OEKO-TEX® recently also developed MySTeP database which enables the central administration of existing OEKO-TEX® certificates and optimum management of the complete supply chain with regard to sustainable key performance indicators (KPIs). With the established OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and the latest range of OEKO-TEX® services, the textile and clothing industry now has at its disposal a complete up-to-date package which can specifically support companies on their path to improved product safety and sustainability.

“The basic difference and added value when compared with its predecessors”, explained Haug “is in the transparency of the new ‘Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®’ label for the consumers.” Using the given test number and a QR code, the textiles and the manufacturing process can be uniquely tracked. Other prerequisites apply for the allocation of the “Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®” label than for the “OEKO-TEX® Standard 100plus” and “Made in Green by Aitex”. “We understand that not all companies can meet the requirements for the new product certification ‘Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®’ straight away. In spite of this, the OEKO-TEX® Association cannot relax the defined requirements under any circumstances. However, we offer all companies the best possible support in the implementation of the necessary prerequisites”, states Haug.


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