Novozymes, Danish Fashion Institute JV sustainable textiles

Novozymes, Danish Fashion Institute JV for sustainable textiles

3:15 AM, 3rd February 2012
Novozymes, Danish Fashion Institute JV for sustainable textiles

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK: Novozymes has entered into a collaborative project with the Danish Fashion Institute to create a sustainable textile industry. The textile industry is massive, and production of clothes for the growing world population requires huge amount of energy and water as well as the use of toxic chemicals, and is one of the most polluting industries in the world. A life cycle assessment (LCA) conducted by Novozymes indicates savings of 70,000 litre of water and 1 tonne of CO2 per tonne knitted fabric when using enzymes. This equals savings of 20- 30 litre of water and a reduction of 0.3 tonne CO2 for each T-shirt produced.

“It’s possible to rethink every aspect of the textile industry and make it more sustainable. Biotechnology gives us the tools to replace the harsh chemicals widely used in the industry. This means less pollution from textile mills. Biotechnology also enables the industry to significantly lower its energy and water consumption,” explained Sebastian Soderberg, Director, Novozymes.

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