Adding “Green” To Textile Manufacturing

What makes a product “green”?

More than the color, which is optional, it’s all about the process used to create it, its environmental impact and what happens after its lifespan.

As awareness continues to grow regarding the importance of preserving the environment, businesses are adopting eco-friendly processes and creating sustainable products, which is why we are seeing a surge in research and development, across the globe, on different fibers and renewable raw materials to incorporate into textile production. (Many textile manufacturers are adopting tactics such as using vegetable dyes or recycled plastic for yarn in addition to cutting down on water waste.)

But, in our industry, to be considered a “sustainable textile,” four factors are taken into consideration: “raw material extraction, textile production, added chemistry and end-of-life.” In this sense, sustainability isn’t necessarily synonymous with “green,” but rather in the ability to create a durable, long-lasting product that can result in a generally eco-friendly process because it eliminates waste and the need for a new/replacement product in a shorter time span.

When considering the “green” aspect of a product and company, it can be looked at in two ways: creating an eco-friendly product, and having an eco-friendly process. While both are very important in the sustainability of a company, there are plenty of businesses that can only do one or the other—but every step helps.

At Apex Mills, we’re thrilled to be on both sides of this: We have created sustainable products while adopting a “green” outlook. Our EcoRich™ family of fabrics represents our sustainable approach to manufacturing textiles. For more information on this and our “green practices,” check out the sustainability tab on our website.