TFIA Guest Blogger | Paul Castro - Out of Mind
This week, guest blogger Paul Castro takes us through how better environmental performance can positively effect the bottom line!
Fashion manufacturing is a major cause of environmental degradation. Most first world companies manufacture overseas in order to save money. The resulting pollution, being out of sight, is also out of mind.
But things are changing, for a very powerful reason. Profit! Companies are starting to realise that better environmental performance can positively affect the bottom line.
‘Clean by Design’, for example, is a program created in the USA by the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council). Its goal is to reduce the environmental impact of textile manufacturing in developing countries, by implementing a ‘green supply chain’.
In order to execute this efficiency management program, the NRDC developed 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution. These best practices are divided across three main areas: Water (e.g.: reuse of cooling or process water), Energy (e.g.: recover heat from hot rinse water) and Electricity (e.g.: optimize compressed air system).
The program focuses on textile dyeing and finishing in over 50 mills around the world. Improvements in efficiency are “high impact, low-cost, profitable, with a short payback period of usually less than a year”.
The bottom line results? Savings on average of U$ 440,000 and up to U$3.5 million for the top mill, in the first year.
Linda Greer, director of NRDC’s health and environment program states:
‘Every one of the textile mills that has participated in ‘Clean by Design’… improved its environmental performance and saved money’.
A fantastic way to save money, whilst protecting the environment.
Paul Castro is one of TFIA's Student Members, and is currently undertaking his Masters in Fashion & Textile Design at RMIT University. Paul will be guest blogging for the TFIA over the coming months to keep you updated on issues of ethical and sustainable Fashion across the global supply chain. You can read more on Paul and his work HERE!