Novozymes, Danish Fashion Institute provide sustainable textiles

Novozymes, Danish Fashion Institute to provide sustainable textiles

11:08 AM, 3rd May 2012
Novozymes, Danish Fashion Institute to provide sustainable textiles

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: The UN Global Compact launches its first sector-specific initiative, a code of conduct for the entire fashion industry. The launch will take place at the Danish Fashion Summit. Novozymes will collaborate with the Danish Fashion Institute to provide ideas for sustainable textile production. The input will be passed on for use in the UN Global Compact Code of Conduct. At the Fashion Summit, a whole catalog of ideas for a more sustainable textile industry will be delivered to the UN by the Danish Fashion Institute.

The textile industry has an option to take a sustainable path. Every year, 9 million tonne of knitwear is produced. Saving between 1-1.3 tonne of CO2 emissions for each tonne of knitwear produced, enzymes can save 0.3 kg of CO2 per T-shirt and 9 million tonne of CO2 annually. That is equivalent to removing 4 million cars from the road. To provide ideas and input for the UN Global Compact Code of Conduct, Novozymes has focused on several areas. “Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. The fashion industry has a need to show the world that it can change into a more sustainable path, and to do so it’s crucial that we build partnerships and exchange ideas across the industry,” said Eva Kruse, CEO, Danish Fashion Institute.

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