New code of conduct to make sustainable change in textile


The UN Global Compact launches its first sector-specific initiative, a code of conduct for the entire fashion industry.

The launch will take place at the Danish Fashion Summit, and in the lead-up to this event Novozymes has been collaborating with the Danish Fashion Institute to provide ideas for sustainable textile production. The input will be passed on for use in the UN Global Compact Code of Conduct.

“Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The fashion industry has a need to show the world that it can change into a more sustainable path, and to do so it’s crucial that we build partnerships and exchange ideas across the industry,” says Eva Kruse, CEO of Danish Fashion Institute.

At the Fashion Summit, a whole catalog of ideas for a more sustainable textile industry will be delivered to the UN by the Danish Fashion Institute.

“We can’t force companies into sustainability, but we can inspire and motivate them through existing solutions and new technologies – and the input we have had from Novozymes has given our input for sustainability in the textile industry a big boost,” Eva Kruse continues.

Sustainable savings
The textile industry has an option to take a sustainable path. 

Every year, 9 million tons of knitwear is produced. Saving between 1 and 1.3 tons of CO2 emissions for each ton of knitwear produced, enzymes can save 0.3 kg of CO2 per T-shirt and 9 million tons of CO2 annually. That is equivalent to removing 4 million cars from the road.

Production of our T-shirts also requires huge amounts of water. Enzymes are naturally efficient processing aids that can accelerate processes and work in synergy to shorten production processes and handle more steps at once. Through this ability, enzymes have been proven to save 70,000 liters of water per ton of knitted fabric produced in a textile mill. That is about 20 liters per T-shirt.

Sustainable input
To provide ideas and input for the UN Global Compact Code of Conduct, Novozymes has focused on several areas. One of these concerns clean technologies that can reduce energy and water consumption as well as reducing waste in the textile industry. Another area of input focuses on textiles produced using environmentally friendly energy sources.

“Our main focus has been to provide input and inspiration for how the textile industry can move away from processes with high water and energy consumption. With biotech a textile mile could save water and energy. The technology exists today, but we need accelerate change,” says Pernille Lind Olsen, Marketing Manager at Novozymes.

“At Novozymes we hope that the UN Global Compact Code of Conduct will help the industry to move toward more sustainable production of textiles,” says Pernille Lind Olsen. “The industry needs to initiate sustainable change itself. The world really needs it, customers will demand it, and politicians will eventually decide on it.”

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Maharashtra unveils website for new textile policy


The recently announced Textile Policy will attract investments of around Rs 400 billion in the next five years and generate jobs for around 1.1 million people, said the Chief Minister of Maharashtra – Prithviraj Chavan.

Mr Chavan said this after inaugurating the website of the new textile policy. Mr Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan – Maharashtra Textile Minister said the website will provide all information related to the policy to potential investors. 

Mr Chavan further said, “80 percent of the cotton grown in the state is sold and processed further in other states. The policy will help in adding new cotton processing capacity, particularly in the cotton belts of Vidharbha, North Maharashtra and Marathawada”. 

He also added by saying, “The investors will be provided various incentives, uninterrupted water and electricity supply”. 

5 textile processing units dismantled


Erode, Apr18 (PTI): Five textile dyeing and printing units in Periyasemur area on the outskirts of the city have been dismantled by the District Environmental Monitoring Committee for allegedly discharing untreated effluents into water sources and for operating without proper licence. Committee members raided the units yesterday and found them discharging untreated toxic effluent into water sources. They also found none of the five factories had obtained licences or permission of Pollution Control Board. Two units have obtained power supply by producing false records, officials said. The factories were dismantled and the power supply disconnected. Pollution Control Board personnel said they would take action against the factory owners. They said they have dismantled 119 such factories in and around Erode in the last five months for operating without any license.

 

SOURCE: IBN LIVE

Made in Italy textile machinery workshops in India



ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is organizing two important workshops in Mumbai and Ichalkaranji (India). Italy’s response to the strong demand for technology by the local textile industry.

India is the world’s second largest market in terms of value for textile machinery imports (amounting to 1.11 billion euros). Italian technology is especially in demand. In fact, 133 million euros worth of Italian textile machinery was sold to India in 2011, a 19% increase compared to the previous year.

“Our companies have been observing developments in India for some time now,” states Sandro Salmoiraghi, President of ACIMIT, “Business opportunities have multiplied, particularly in recent years, owing in part to the incentives set up by the Indian authorities to promote the modernization of local industry.”

To meet this growing demand for Made in Italy textile machinery, ACIMIT is organizing two important events with Indian textile manufacturers. Mumbai and Ichalkaranji will play host to two workshops to be held on May 8 and 10, at which various Italian machinery manufacturers will be presenting their latest technology proposals.

The following Italian machinery manufacturers will be taking part: Canalair, Cs Automazione, Fimat, Flainox, Itema, Jaeggli Meccanotessile, Ptmt, Smit, Testa. The workshops, organized by ACIMIT, are part of the “Machines Italia in India” program financed by the Ministry for Economic Development, which has entrusted the organization to the Federmacchine group (the Federation of Italian Manufacturers of Capital Goods).

“Machines Italia in India” is an initiative aimed at supporting the internationalization activities of businesses in the sector, in an area that is currently experiencing some of the most intense economic development anywhere in the globe.

 
ACIMIT

India waves green flag for export of 1.9mn cotton bales


Government had banned the export of raw cotton on 5th March, 2012. This was revoked on 12th March, 2012. All Registration Certificates (RCs) were to be scrutinised before revalidation so that they could go ahead with their exports.

Government directed that priority be given to such cotton that had been pending for export through Land Custom Station on Indo-Bangladesh, Indo-Myanmar, Indo-Pak, Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.

The next priority was to be given to cotton that had been handed over to Customs. Such cases were revalidated on 23rd March, 2012 and again on 28th March, 2012.

As on 11.4.2012, RCs in respect of about 10 lakh bales were revalidated for exports, including the revalidation made on 23rd and 28th March, 2012.

DGFT has completed the scrutiny of the remaining applications. Government has decided that all these RCs be revalidated. Thus, RCs for approximately another 9 lakh bales of Cotton will be revalidated no later than 17th April, 2012.

Export of approximately 19 lakh bales of cotton would give a fresh impetus to cotton prices and would benefit both farmers and exporters.

 
Ministry of Commerce & Industry

Pawar writes to PM, criticises curbs on exports


New Delhi: Irked by curbs on milk, cotton and sugar exports, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stating that the government’s policies are hurting farmers who are being asked to subsidise the industry.

Pawar wrote to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, a day after group of ministers disallowed cotton export beyond 13 million bales for the current marketing year.

He strongly criticised Food Ministry headed by KV Thomas and the Textile Ministry under the charge of Anand Sharma for the policies which are “ambivalent” and go against farmers.

Pawar writes to PM, criticises curbs on exports

Describing restriction on cotton exports as “retrograde”, the NCP chief said: “Indian cotton farmers should not be asked to bear the burden of subsidising the textile mills.

“Compromising the interest of small cotton farmers to benefit the textile magnates is indeed a travesty of justice. Moreover, it defies logic to permit the consumer of cotton (textile industry) to dictate terms to cotton producer…”.

Similarly, he said the “negative approach” of the Food Department in allowing sugar exports has led to heavy losses in export earnings which could have been used to clear cane arrears to farmers that have crossed Rs 8,000 crore.

Pawar told the Prime Minister, “On numerous occasions I have discussed with you the need to have farmer-centric agriculture policy…On each of these occasions; I have found you in consonance with these ideas.

“However, despite this our government has time and again taken decision which goes against the interest of the farming community and adversely impacts its growth and stability”.

High input cost and low realisation from his produce has pushed the farmer into a corner where he fights for his survival, he said, underscoring the need for a free trade regime to ensure remunerative prices to farmers.

Besides Pawar, the cotton exports ban has also been opposed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress party’s Maharashtra and Gujarat units.

On sugar exports, Pawar said, “The negativity prevalent in the Department (of Food) regarding sugar exports can best gauged from the fact that though the decision to allow sugar exports of 10 lakh tonnes was taken on March 26, 2012, no orders regarding the same have been issued till date.”

He pointed out that the Food Department is yet to come out with any methodology to expedite sugar exports despite direction of the Empowered Group of Ministers to do away with the quota system of allocating export quantity among mills.

“We must learn from the mistake of 2006-07 and 2007-08, when we spent Rs 1,500 crore on export and buffer subsidy to bail out the sugar industry and provide succor to the sugarcane farmers,” Pawar warned.

In view of higher domestic output, the government has allowed export of 30 lakh tonnes in three equal tranches for this year. The food ministry is yet to notify the export decision for third tranche.

Pawar said that the Centre’s policy towards milk and milk products has been “equally ambivalent” and demanded opening of export of skimmed milk powder and casein.

In the letter, Pawar has highlighted that the country has produced record production of foodgrains, cotton, sugarcane and oilseeds despite rising input costs.

“For the government’s MSP (minimum support price) to cover all the costs is well nigh impossible and it is thus necessary for us to allow a free market and trade regime to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers,” he explained.

Stating that there is relentless pressure on farm sector to produce more, Pawar said, “It is imperative that we do not stymie the growth of our agriculture sector by policies which further worsen the returns to the Indian farmers.”

Panel to look at environmental impact of textile units in Raj


Jodhpur, Apr 7 (PTI) Worried over the impact of printing and cloth dying units on the environment in the state, Textiles Minister Anand Sharma today announced to set up a high level committee to look into the damages caused by those units. The committee, which will be headed by the Textiles Secretary, will work out an economically viable solutions to solve the problem. It would also have state government officials, including from the Departments of Forest and Environment. “Notification for the formation of this committee will be issued in a week and a team of technical expert will visit the affected areas soon thereafter and suggest us the techno-economic solutions on the lines of one in Trichur city to offset the environmental destruction,” Sharma, who is also the Minster for Commerce and Industry, said. Three districts – Jodhpur, Barmer and Pali – put together, have over 2,000 textile units engaged in printing and dying of the cloth. These have emerged as a major threat to the environment and ecology of their respective region in absence of a full proof effluent disposal plan and adequate Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP).