When the leaders of the Asian textile industry are faced with the need to act to combat climate change, interesting initiatives can emerge, each one contributing in its own way towards sustainable development. For example:
In China, every year, the Shandong Ruyi Group produces 10 million meters of cotton fabric, more than 50 000 tons of woven cotton, whilst also working in cotton spinning, printing and dying. The company is trying to reduce its carbon footprint by integrating, into its fabrics, recycled polyester salvaged from the fibres discarded by the Japanese textile companies.
In Japan itself, the textile department of the Toray group has become ecologically friendly by recycling its own nylon fibres to create high quality threads which save energy and reduce greenhouse gases and by limiting the quantity of industrial waste. Toray also offers a range of sportswear fabrics in “synthetic cotton” which is made from plastic bottles and other recycled materials.
Not so far away, in Taiwan, the textile section of the Ruentex group has multiplied its green initiatives: from the weaving of recycled polyester to the use of biological cotton and the adoption of printing processes which respect the environment.
The forward thinking of certain Chinese regions and councils when it come to recycling, the growing appeal of these “green” products in the world market, the desire to reduce suffocation caused by the pollution from the textile industry, the guarantee of higher sales prices… So many factors seem to signal that sustainability in Asia is really on the rise.