In line with lifecycle thinking, products must only be manufactured from high-quality, durable materials, as needed
Legislation regarding textile waste is currently being drafted among the member states of the European Union and Finnish textile firm Lindstrom have outlined this issue in their 2014 Sustainability Report.
With environmental concerns growing in recent years there is greater scrutiny on all businesses to dispose their waste with methods which do not damage the planet. Whether this is fuel, paper or other forms of waste, corporations across the globe need to take an active role in making sure they are environmentally friendly.
In the report Lindstrom spoke about the Waste Framework Directive, part of the European Commission’s strategy on framing laws regarding the environment. It aims to promote the reuse and recycling of waste, and sets policies accordingly. Their desired objective is to cut waste at landfill sites, which has been a growing problem throughout the continent.
In order to become greener and more efficient Lindstrom believe that there needs to be greater planning at an earlier stage to stop polluting the planet. An extract from their report says: “In line with lifecycle thinking, products must only be manufactured from high-quality, durable materials, as needed, and their reuse must be considered already at the design phase.”
“Final disposal should merely serve as a conclusion for a lengthy lifecycle – not as a solution for textiles that have only served a single purpose. Lindström took part in the TEXJÄTE project of Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, which examined textile flows in Finland.”
Their research found just under 23% of textile waste produced in Finland – 70 million kilograms - was recycled or reused. Another troubling figure was that just 6% of textiles donated to charities or recycling is used again as raw materials. It is clear that more needs to be done in the short and long term to combat wasted materials in the textile industry and beyond.
Lindstrom is a textile service company offering interior, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) solutions. Their professional services are aimed at improving occupational safety and the corporate image of their customers. From their headquarters in Finland, they now offer their service in 21 countries across Europe and Asia. With a turnover of €303 million in 2013 and an employee base of over 2,900 people in Europe and in Asia, Lindstrom takes pride in being a responsible corporate citizen and a respected employer.
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