Textiles and the Environment. Our lives today. During the 20 th century, our quality of life has improved significantly The textile industry has made enormous advances with the development of new fibres, fabrics, products and processes
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our natural world and
There are a number of ways that we can help sustain the environment for future generations:
- recycle and reuse textile products
- use fibres derived from the natural environment that do not deplete natural resources (natural vs man-made)
- use Organic fibres (those that are grown without exposure to toxins) – this is known as Green Clothing because of its positive affect on the environment
A Sustainable or Green fabric is one that leaves the least impact throughout its lifespan - from creation, through its long life, and once it reaches its usable life's end. Some examples are:
eg. 1kg of cotton can take up to 20 000 litres of water to produce
- what other processes affect our air?
from massive amounts of textile waste
through chemicals and pesticides