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Why We Have to Be More Sustainable and How We Do It

Nesrin Serin Founder General Manager USB Certification
Nesrin Serin Founder & General Manager USB Certification

Sustainability in the textile sector is a critical issue that affects both our environment and human rights. The textile industry, one of the largest contributors to environmental pollution, also faces significant human rights challenges. Addressing these issues requires a comprehensive approach that combines sustainable practices with ethical standards. This article explores why sustainability is essential and how conformity assessment services contribute to this goal.

The Importance of Sustainability

The textile sector’s environmental impact is substantial. The fashion industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and consumes vast amounts of water— approximately 2,700 liters for a single cotton t-shirt. Furthermore, only 1% of clothing is recycled into new garments, leading to enormous waste. Beyond environmental concerns, the industry is also plagued by poor working conditions, with millions of textile workers worldwide earning below living wages and working in unsafe environments.

Programs like Textile Exchange, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Better Cotton Initiative, and Regenerate provide essential frameworks that help companies reduce their environmental footprint and promote ethical practices. These initiatives aim to ensure the welfare of workers while minimizing environmental damage.

How Conformity Assessment Helps

Conformity assessment services play a vital role in supporting the textile industry’s shift towards sustainability and ethical practices. Key aspects include:

Standards and Certifications: Certifications such as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and OCS (Organic Content Standard) help ensure that products meet high environmental and social standards. These certifications provide assurance that products are produced sustainably and ethically.

Audits and Assessments: Regular audits and conformity assessments are crucial for maintaining compliance and identifying areas for improvement. These processes ensure that companies adhere to established standards and continuously enhance their practices.

Combatting Greenwashing: With increasing awareness of sustainability, consumers are becoming more wary of greenwashing. Rigorous certification processes validate companies’ sustainability and ethical claims, building trust with consumers.

Conclusion

Despite these advancements, the textile sector still faces challenges. In Bangladesh, a key player in the global textile market, there have been significant strides towards sustainability and human rights improvements. However, issues such as inadequate infrastructure and financial constraints remain. Conformity assessment services support the industry in overcoming these barriers by providing expertise and comprehensive evaluations.

Sustainability and human rights are not just trends but essential components for the future of the textile industry. Through rigorous standards, audits, and innovative practices, conformity assessment services help companies achieve their sustainability and ethical goals. By working together, we can make a lasting impact on the environment, human rights, and the textile industry.

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