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More renewable textile fibres, please!

‎Regularly, our Secretary General Lutz Walter shares his insights and knowledge through his blogposts, covering a wide range of topics related to textile sustainability and innovation. Follow his blog to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that the textile industry is facing today.

"The textile sector should tap into all 3 main sources of renewable feedstocks – the biosphere in the form of natural and biopolymer-based fibres, the technosphere for recycled post-consumer materials and the atmosphere for CO2-based fibre feedstocks... This cannot happen without a massive global innovation and upscaling effort to make those biobased, recycled and CO2-based fibres at quantities, properties and cost that allow the fossil to renewable material transition to happen without shortages, price spikes, industry and end market disruption. If we do not succeed on this path, the petrol-based synthetic fibre production capacities being built today in China, India or the Middle East may well keep running far beyond 2050."

In his new blogpost, our Secretary General Lutz Walter unravels the relationship between fibre consumption, population growth, and economic prosperity. From the types of products and applications for which we use textile fibres to accelerated economic growth and prosperity in many countries, stagnation or decline in global textile fibre consumption remains remote. So where will these additional million tonnes of fibres come from, and from what feedstocks are they going to be made?

Don't miss the opportunity to join the conversation on fibre feedstocks and work towards a more sustainable future for the textile industry.

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