Yitai: Sustainability VS Business or Sustainability & Business?
The most often quoted definition comes from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Sustainability is not a new concept in the industry, it has already arrived in the textile industry, an issue that has great momentum at the moment. Textile manufactures and brands are developing innovative solutions and strategies to make the textile and apparel industry more sustainable, mainly for the consumption of water, energy, and chemicals poses challenges for textile companies at every stage of the value chain, not only for the use of organic cotton and better working conditions.
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.
In the recent years, sustainability had already become a major trend in the textile industry. Consumers are better informed and increasingly expect ecologically and socially acceptable products and thus sustainable solutions in the textile industry. Manufacturers and brands are increasingly committed to tapping innovation potential and promoting sustainable development. Sustainability strategies range from sustainable designs and the use of innovative materials and processes to the optimization of resource consumption and recycling. During the development, we still have challenges. Sustainability go through product design, product manufacture, product transportation, product recycling.
During the steps in the textile chain, there are many aspects what we can do for sustainability, like: energy and water consumption, the availability of sustainable raw materials, the effects of waste production, the use of chemicals, including dyes and coatings, the social responsibility of the companies towards the employees and the communities surrounding the plants, health risks for textile workers and consumers etc.. The topic of sustainability has grown to a point that virtually every steps in the chain has sustainability initiatives.
Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman recently launched its Naia™ Renew cellulosic staple fiber for the women’s casual wear and loungewear market. According to the company the fiber is made using 60-percent wood pulp and 40-percent recycled waste plastics. As of June 2021, Austria-based Lenzing’s Veocel lyocell fibers will be available as certified CarbonNeutral® products with a carbon footprint reduced to net-zero, according to The CarbonNeutral Protocol. Bangkok-based Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL) has created and expanded what it refers to as a “portfolio of sustainable solutions under its Deja™ brand.” there is no shortage of sustainability news in the fiber industry. The consumer and brand demand are there, the technology is developing and many firms see these initiatives as the way forward.
In the past 15 years, Yitai is developing and growing strong. Meanwhile, we focus more on the importance of sustainability. Business does not aim for us. We firmly think business and sustainability are simultaneous. Sustainability is the balance between the environment, equity and economy. As like the excellent companies in the fiber world, Yitai also keep forwarding for sustainability.
Yitai firmly believe our sustainability initiatives have momentum and are fundamentally changing our business. We will pay more attention to sustainability, to create a positive impact on the world that will last generations together with other manufactures and brands.