Water usage

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Water usage

Calls for holistic approach on water use

LONDON – Fashion companies must look beyond their own water usage, and engage with water management strategies beyond their own supply chains in order to help tackle the water impacts and risks of the textile industry.

That was one of the ideas discussed by a panel of textiles, water, and environmental specialists during an online chat held during World Water Week.
The online discussion, hosted by Guardian Sustainable Business, aimed to share ideas on what actions the fashion industry can for a sustainable water future. Panellists included Ariel Kraten, senior consultant, sustainable fashion not-for-profit Made-By, Peter Faaborg, global marketing director, technical industries, Novozymes, Cate Lamb, head of the Carbon Disclosure Project’s water programme, Felix Ockborn, environmental sustainability coordinator and water strategist, H&M.
Laila Petri, corporate relations manager, WWF International, Marieke Weerdesteijn, senior programme manager, Solidaridad, Rami Abdelrahman, programme coordinator, Sweden Textile Water Initiative and Stuart Harker, managing director, Business Environmental Performance Initiative also joined the discussion.
The need for increased collaboration between suppliers and retailers beyond their own products and supply chains was a key theme throughout the discussion.
Rami Abdelrahman of the Sweden Textile Water Initiative, suggested that there was greater awareness in the textile industry of the need of pollution prevention methods, rather than ‘end-of-pipe’ solutions.
Laila Petrie, corporate relations manager, WWF International, said: “I think the main opportunity for the fashion industry is that they are beginning to see water issues as a non-competitive space, where everyone shares the same risks and supply chains and therefore can collaborate to great effect.”
Felix Ockborn, environmental sustainability coordinator and water strategist, H&M, added: “There are big opportunities to engage with supplies to improve factory water footprints and find innovative methods on product level. One big challenge is actually to get more companies to look beyond their own footprint and engage on water management outside of their own supply chain, which is really the only way to address the water risks that we all face.”
As reported by Ecotextile News, earlier this year H&M shared updates on its water stewardship partnership with H&M. By 2015, the retailer says all 500 of its supplier factories will have annual water targets and improved chemical management.

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