23 SEPTEMBER14:00 - 15:30
|Green chemicals and LCA applications as tools for sustainability in the textile value chain - Part 1
|Co-organized with University of Bergamo|
The textiles industry is a significant sector in the global economy, operating in an almost completely linear way: large amounts of non-renewable resources are extracted to produce or finish materials that are often used for only a short time, after which they mostly sent to landfill or incinerated. Furthermore, this take-make- dispose model has numerous negative environmental and societal impacts.
Hazardous chemicals impact not only the health of textile workers, but also consumers and the wider environment. Approaching natural-source chemicals and material circularity through minimising waste is an essential component of strategies to secure the sustainability of the planetary environment. Elaborations of the 3R waste hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle), including circular economy, ‘zero waste’ and zero discharge movements, signpost pathways towards overcoming the challenge. Potential technical solutions require significant inputs from the chemical sciences, in strong cooperation with others, to deliver the material basis of sustainability.
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