BUTEKOM Deputy General Manager Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karahan conveyed the latest developments about Sustainability in the Textile Industry.



Sustainability in manufacturing is a multifaceted issue.

It is a topic with numerous variables, including recycling, efficient use of human resources, process optimization, and raw materials. Unfortunately, one of the industries that contributes the most to global pollution is the textile industry.

Due to this, it is essential to create disposal procedures to be used once the manufacturing stage, usage stage, and service life are completed in order to reduce the environmental impact of each textile product.

Let me give you some instances. Do you know that from the time it is planted until the time it is used, 1 kg of cotton requires 20 tons of water?

This means that, for instance, I have to state that the T-shirt you are wearing needs almost 2700 liters of water in order to be produced and worn from your side.

Environmental sustainability has taken on more significance within the textile sector as a result of the damaging consequences that textiles have on the environment. Undoubtedly, this is among the most crucial topics that require our attention.

This is being done by several brands in an effort to raise their sustainability standards.

In the fashion industry, sustainability is addressed at several levels. Large suppliers are currently working to become more sustainable while enticing customers to keep their clothing out of the trash. They thereby promote increased use or recycling afterward.

For instance, H&M has begun to collect old clothing from customers in its Stockholm store, placing it on the shelves of items that are shredded and made into clothing.

Sustainable textiles are continually evolving, and new standards are created, thanks to the strategies employed by nations and international corporations. Additionally, a mass of consumers is emerging whose purchasing patterns and sense of style are evolving and being influenced to do so.

This is why the textile sector needs to put more emphasis on topics like the creation of raw materials that are specifically less detrimental to the environment, looking into the possibility of reusing clothing, process optimization, and less chemical waste in the environment.

Therefore, I would like to declare that Bursa Technology Coordination and R&D Center (BUTEKOM) will support the textile industry with these sustainable production ideas developed by global brands.

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