Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Mr. Piyush Goyal stated that it is time for the Indian textile industry to make a significant push to promote sustainable textiles by recycling clothing materials.
He told the audience virtually during the third edition of the sustainable clothing and textile recycling conference held in Coimbatore that the textile recycling industry is primarily found in the United States, the European Union, and China.
"India does not properly use a large part of the waste that is generated in the textile sector. Sadly, such waste goes to landfills and often gets incinerated for energy production instead of being recycled or reprocessed. However, we have a tremendous opportunity to become the source of sustainable apparel by taking into account the pre and post-consumer textile waste," the minister added.
He also suggested that the textile units collaborate to accelerate development in areas such as textile recycling, upcycling, and creating sustainable fashion products for a sustainable future. He noted that the use of sustainable textiles is growing in the hospitality, tourism, construction, automobile industry, sports, home decor, footwear, medical, and other similar fields.
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