Every textile item releases effluents that are harmful to the environment. Fabrics made in eco-friendly way can substitute normal products. Reducing the environmental impact throughout the life-cycle of a fabric item or using lower impact products can contribute actively to improve the situation.In general, there are four major environmental key factors associated with the making of textiles: water, energy, pollution, and use of non-renewable resources.
Green certification for textile products are useful tools available to the entire textile sector that can be used to lower the impact on the environment of such industries as well as to boost their credential in terms of respect of the environment and promotion of sustainable practices. In parallel, environmentally-friendly initiatives including efforts towards energy efficiency, renewable energy and waste recycling, are all technology useful to “green” the industry segment. However, in addition to such strategies, getting certified is an essential step for the textile industry in order to demonstrate and show they comply with the existing environmental laws and certifications.
Labels are also an effective way to show consumers you care for the environment and that you comply with the strictest standards available. The latest trends show that consumers, especially in the EU, are increasingly being conscious about their purchases: as a matters of facts, consumers are starting to question their choices in products and also in relation to the companies that produce what they buy.
The green wave and the organic movements are not new, and in some cases, they date back to past decades, but the outbreak of the financial crisis has brought about careful considerations among consumers and had the effect of further reinforcing and diffusing such attitudes.In addition, studies on green consumers’ attitudes show that those who choose to buy green, tend to choose easily recognizable symbols that testify that such products comply with rules and regulations protecting the environment. In this sense, manufactures are called to provide clear, persuasive and comprehensive information on what sets their product apart environmentally.
Certifications are clear and easily recognizable symbols of such values: certified products show that what you produce is eco-friendly and safe for human beings as certified systems and products are traceable and verifiable in their impacts. In other words, getting certified is the first step to implement concrete and effective measures to improve the impact of your SME on the environment.
The growing importance of green certification is also supported by the number of private and public organization that decide to undergo the process to obtain a green certification.