The Textiles Committee (TC) of Government of India has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with United Nations Environment Programme on Mainstreaming Sustainability & Circularity in the Textiles Sector to minimise the negative environmental impacts of the Indian textile industry by promoting sustainable practices and mainstreaming knowledge of circular production best practices in the textile and apparel sector.

As per the agreement, TC in collaboration with UNEP, will create campaign collaterals and campaign strategies, undertake campaign launch events and organise conferences to build capacity of the Textile Value Chain.

According to estimates, the global textile industry emits 1.20 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year and, every second, an equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is either burnt or land filled. As a major player in the Textiles and Apparel sector, India is also experiencing the challenge of balancing its growth in TVC with sustainability in production & consumption of textiles.

Though attempts have been made in the past to attain sustainability in its value chain, there is a need to address the issues of sustainability and circularity in the Textiles sector more holistically and in a focused and institutionalised manner if India has to achieve its leadership role in the sector in this environmentally conscious market.

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