India-France: Market opportunities for sustainable textiles and fashion

Ethical and sustainable fashion has gained momentum globally, as the main objective of using sustainable materials in the production of fashion products is to preserve the environment from contaminants.

Recently, the Embassy of India in Paris in collaboration with the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) organized a webinar on “India-France: Market Opportunities and Areas of Cooperation for Sustainable Textile and Fashion”. “. Admired everywhere, French fashion and style are known the world over.

Goals:

The webinar covered a wide range of topics, including water use, energy use, chemical load, air emissions, carbon emissions, solid waste and landfills, as well as environmental issues. circularity and social sustainability such as inclusion, skills, labor reforms and women’s empowerment. . The importance of blockchain technology and traceability was also discussed.

Trade Advisor, Ministry of Textiles, Shubhra spoke about policy and sustainability goals and ambitions related to Indian textile industry and sustainability. The trade adviser highlighted the fact that the Indian government employs various policies to improve productivity and reduce environmental pollution. “Initiatives such as PM-MITRA, which is establishing seven mega textile parks across the country, would integrate sustainability into the value chain and prepare the future of the industry by giving it a competitive advantage at scale. world,” the adviser said.

Speaking on the current situation and outlook for Indian apparel exporters, AEPC President Narendra Goenka said, “The Indian apparel industry is acutely aware of the alarming fact that without supply chains sustainable, the fashion industry will become less and less viable. Sustainability is now seen as one of the main pillars of garment exporting and a tool for growth.”

He added that “India offers the world a complete value chain solution, from farm to fashion, giving us a competitive edge towards effective implementation and monitoring of sustainability along the chain. procurement through a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach involving three pillars of sustainability. which are economic, social and environmental.

The Indian SU.RE project

To move towards fashion that contributes to a clean environment, India has also launched the SU.RE project which stands for “Sustainable Resolution” – a firm commitment from industry. Indian brands have committed to sourcing/using a substantial portion of their total consumption using sustainable raw materials and processes, by 2025.

United Nations Alliance for Sustainable Fashion

The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to the world’s biggest pollution. This is due to the tons of water used producing excess carbon dioxide, excessive use of energy to produce clothing, and non-renewable sources of fiber, fiber and environmental pollution with harmful chemicals. . The fashion industry accounts for around 8-10% of global carbon emissions and nearly 20% of wastewater.

The UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is an initiative of UN agencies and other partners to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through coordinated action across the fashion industry. The Alliance strives to promote programs and policies that ensure that the fashion value chain contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as to foster collaboration between United Nations entities working in fashion.

Through the Alliance, the UN is committed to changing the way of fashion, reducing its negative environmental and social impacts; and make fashion a driving force in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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