Total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
“We are at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit to showcase that there are ways to make clothes production more sustainable. Using biological solutions makes it possible to save on water, energy and chemicals usage,” says Jens Kolind, vice president at Novozymes.
A choice to dress more sustainably
The fashion industry needs to step up its sustainability drive. A new survey made by Global Fashion Agenda and Boston Consulting Group reveals that the pace of sustainability progress in the fashion industry has slowed by a third in the past year.
“Consumers care about sustainability. If they are a given a choice, they are willing to pay for clothes made more sustainably, that will last longer,” says Jens Kolind. “This is why we need to work together across the industry to improve visibility for consumers so they can make a choice to shop sustainable fashion”.
Novozymes will be at booth #32 at studio 2, at the Innovation Forum of The Copenhagen Fashion Summit, 15th and 16th of May, and is also taking part in the matchmaking event with brands.
Novozymes has made the UN Sustainable Development Goals a part of the company strategy, and its biological solutions, enzymes and microbes, are used in many different industries, from laundry to production of biofuel and food and textiles.
Biological solutions in textile and fashion
Enzymes derive from nature and they have been used in the textile industry for years. They are applied at different steps in the production of textiles, where they reduce chemicals, enable savings of water and energy and prolong the lifetime of textiles.
This is what Novozymes sales of enzymes impacted in 2018: