Texworld Showcases Eco Textiles

14/09/2010 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

Two days into Texworld Paris, it’s become clear that great strides have been made in the world of eco textiles.  The number of textile mills offering these products has grown by 25%.  Appoximately 122 fabric mills, out of 800 exhibitors, are offering certified eco textiles as part of their collections – this equates to 15% of the total number of Asian textile producers at the show.  Some exhibitors have even switched their entire collection to sustainable fabrics.

HL Ding, President of Hemp Fortex Industries, told Ecotextile News, “We recently won a large order from a leading retailer for two million metres of recycled cotton fabric and have now secured a reliable and sustainable source of used raw material.  We see a big future for recycled fabrics going forward and have also decided that it’s now time to switch our complete fabric collection over to a more sustainable footing.”

Of the 800 exhibitors at Texworld Paris, 51 now have GOTS (Global Organic Textile) certification which is up from 30 companies last year.   Bernd Mueller, organizer of Texworld, said that, “In addition to the traditional organic fabrics we see a noticeable increase in the breadth of the colour palette where bright reds and deep blues compliment the more neutral shades often associated with organic.”

Texworld exhibitors are now showing pride in their eco offerings by bringing them to the front of their booths as opposed to hiding them away at the back as in previous years.  Consumers are voting with their dollar and it’s reassuring to see that the producers are listening!

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