L-R: Khaled Schuman, Mridula Ramesh, Ajay Sardana, Prasanta Deka, Tatheer Zaidi, and Farhad Vania. Pic: CITI
Experts from various fields discussed on ‘Scaling up Cleaner Production with Sustainable Textile Solutions during the tenth edition of Asian Textile Conference (ATEXCON) held in New Delhi. Ajay Sardana, president & head – Strategy & Business Development, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) moderated the session. He said that it was good to discuss fibre to fashion and sustainability in a single session.
There is an urgent need to have ownership of sustainability in Indian textile industry. It will help in taking the industry forward in the direction of becoming environmentally friendly with lesser footprint on earth, experts said at a technical session of Asian Textile Conference (ATEXCON). They added that sustainability cannot come without price.
Farhad Vania, senior portfolio advisor at GIZ India, said that there was need to have ownership of sustainability. No buyers will pay higher price until there is certain certification and provision. Mridula Ramesh, executive director of Sundaram Climate Institute, also highlighted on the effectiveness of sustainability. She emphasised on earth-friendly processes and production in the industry.
Khaled Schuman, executive director of Cotton Egypt Association, said that Egyptian cotton is highly sustainable. His government has developed a system to ensure real Egyptian cotton in the global market after certain problems came up in Britain few years back. “Today, a logo of Egyptian cotton can assure a buyer about the origin of cotton,” he said.
Prasanta Deka, head- Market & Product of BG RMS Rieter India Pvt. Ltd, and Tatheer Zaidi, general manager of pollution management in MSME at Solidaridad Network Asia also discussed various aspects of the topic.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (KUL)