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Sustainability takes centrestage at international textile tradefairs Texworld, Apparel Sourcing USA

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Sustainable manufacturing has been a matter of concern to many from the past several years. The recently held international textile tradefairs Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA, at Javits Center, also pegged around means of sustainable production.

At the shows, around 330 exhibitors from 18 countries showcased the latest textile innovations to 4,100 attendees.

For instance, Austrian fiber producer Lenzing promoted environmental responsibility with products such as Tencel Lyocell fibers, derived from sustainable wood sources, using a closed-loop production process that transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibers.

Helpsy, a for-profit garment collection company, said: “We have a strong environmental mission to keep clothes out of the trash. Last year, we collected 25 million pounds of clothes,” said owner Rachel Kibbe.

The shows, Texworld and Apparel Sourcing, also provided a platform to discuss key sustainability related issues. The topics were “The Social Impact of Sustainability,” “Reducing Water Consumption in Textiles,” “Achieving Sustainability Through Fibers and Materials With Textile Exchange” and “What’s Next In the World of Textiles for Recycled and Upcycled Materials?”

“We’ve developed an incredible educational platform on sustainable topics,” said Jennifer Bacon, Texworld USA’s Show Director.

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