Home textiles are a need of each household. Beddings, blankets, curtains, towels, upholstery, and the like, are key components of homes whether residents live in apartments, condos, mansions, or homes. Companies that make home textiles are now looking towards becoming sustainable.
Regarding sustainability in textile production, a lot of discussions have been made. Real estate and property development companies have been examining the matter. Let us now have a look at them in detail.
Are the calls for sustainable measures serious calls?
These calls aren’t any calls for some affirmative political action but rather a call for ensuring proper ethics and waste reduction in tactile production. However, the talks and discussions regarding sustainability have been mere fluff and only a small amount of companies were able to demonstrate their calls for sustainable measures.
Calls for sustainability basically call for textile companies to avoid exploitation of farmers farming cash crops and give small to medium-sized farms a chance to work with them. Most cash crops need to be grown in an ethical and sustainable manner. These companies are also desiring transparency in supply chains to ensure they’re not using harmful materials in fabric creation.
There are also calls for reducing the burden on farmers of cash crops. Then factories are required to stop exploiting their workers and employees. These are sustainability measures the industry wants to work on.
Is the home textiles industry a lucrative one?
The home textiles industry is lucrative. Each year, more than 100 billion articles and items are produced and sold in various stores across the globe. It is valued at almost $995 billion and could cross the $1 trillion mark.
Despite its lucrative value, there are some sobering facts about the industry. It is unfortunately the second-largest polluting industry after the oil industry. Developed nations produce 11.34 million tons of waste related to the textile industry in the form of used, unwanted, and worn-out fabric, cloth, and items that need to be recycled.
Almost 35% of ocean microplastics can be traced back to synthetic textile fibers which are either dumped in the ocean or are found in drains and sewage.
Circularity – a new global trend that may help improve sustainability measures
The world’s largest international show for Decorative Textiles is Heimtextil. The 2023 edition was held in Frankfurt in January this year. The show’s theme focused on sustainability under the banner ‘Textiles Matter.’
What the slogan meant was that companies have acknowledged what went wrong in the industry and how they are combatting the wrongdoings to ensure fair and ethical trading practices are followed plus reduction of excessive waste.
Heimtextil’s Trade Council analyzed some trends relevant to the overall industry. The council also examined trends like sustainability, society, and circularity. Four key trends were discovered which are as under:
- Make + Remake – It focuses on reclaimed and repurposed materials used in a creative manner.
- Continuous – This aims at zero waste through the regeneration of textiles.
- From the Earth – This theme showcases the growth and use of natural fibers and dyes.
- Nature-engineered – It shows nature and technology can go along well together.
Which brands stood out in terms of circularity and sustainability?
The signage throughout the show highlighted various environment-friendly labels. The aim was to increase awareness among both producers and buyers. The Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals have an objective of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and provisions for fair trade and work environment practices too.
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The furnishings at the expo were either borrowed or rented and were to be returned to companies that provided them. There were exhibits of circularity taking into consideration what the future holds. Working with suppliers and partners in nearby areas helped cut down transport emissions and even gave local companies a chance to do business.
The brands at Heimtextil weren’t recognizable but somehow it was made for retailers. Many of their products are sold at H&M, Kohl’s, Wayfair, IKEA, Ross, HomeGoods, and Macy’s. A lot of importers like Revman International and WestPoint Home also took part. Here are the brands that were spotted:
- Libeco (Belgium).
- Sorema (Portugal).
- Karupannya Ranpur (India).
- INUP home (Portugal).
- Vespo (The Netherlands).
A quantum expert in the European Union analyzed Heimtextil 2023 and is of the view that the calls for sustainability do seem to be fair but there is an agenda to it. Property companies that deal in already-furnished homes need to have a good look at their vendors and see if they can supply them with sustainably produced materials and goods.
Dispute avoidance is of utmost importance. No company deserves to end up in pointless disputes over petty matters. A lot of companies have already decided to trade and work ethically, and its time that companies are also given their due appreciation for doing good work in sustainable and ethical trade practices.