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"SUSTAINABILITY SCORE CARD', a system for small, indigenous textile units that would put them on a sustainability ladder is recommended', said Shailini Sheth Amin, founder and CEO of MORALFIBRE at the Textile, Apparels and Garment (TAG) Conference in Mumbai held on 13th Oct.

"Interestingly, most of indigenous small units - handloom, Khadi, wool, silk and producers of handcrafted fabrics, are sustainable at some level or the other. Be it the proximity to raw material, traditional processes and materials they use, or maintenance of traditional skill and knowledge. This fact is not recognized and no sustainability value is given to them. There is a need to develop tools that value and support the small producers in becoming more sustainable, as well as help them to communicate their sustainability progress. The organized textile industry has taken big strides in innovative practices but the small producers are left behind. Based on this tracking system these gaps can be effectively and creatively bridged. The supporting R & D can be developed with them in creating environmentally friendly and pollution free production practices. Handloom boards, KVIC and other organizations can play a pivotal role. Integration of organized and un organized sectors for mutually beneficial collaborations can also be worked out." She said.

She concluded by saying that "By promoting sustainable textile industry and Fairtrade in a transparent and committed way, we will be able to fulfill our promise to our people to bring them above the poverty line.  We can do this without costing our natural resources and harming the environment. This is unique time when 'Best Practices' is also the 'Best Business'. If we mobilize ourselves in this direction,  India can emerge as a world leader in Sustainable Textile Industry."

The TAG 2011 Conference, organized by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, FICCI, on 13th Oct., focused on innovation and sustainability in the textile and apparel industry. Current innovations throughout textile and apparel value chain and the growing demand and challenges of sustainability in the Indian textile and apparel industry were discussed at the Conference.

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