Our plans is to become UK's Most Sustainable & green textile company
Our aim is to become the greenest textile company in UK by completely changing every aspect of our operation and process. Whether its investing in electric vehicles for our order delivery, working with companies such as DPD who also share our vision of sustainable development to green packaging and greater awareness amongst our customers.
We are also investing in our own energy (solar) creation and waste management but furthermore our suppliers of textile clothing to ensure they also move towards the path of our sustainable goals.
We have already supported our higher management to move into electric cars and have also added an electric charging points for our staff and others in our industrial estate.
We are also reviewing our partners on their sustainable green policy and are proud of the aggressiveness of our suppliers in following a similar green policy. For example DPD is building the largest all largest all-electric delivery fleet in the UK. We are so pleased to hear the news that in Jan DPD placed an order for 300 new electric Nissan e-NV200 vans
How we plan to achieve those goals & becoming a carbon net zero or negative emissions before 2050
The main challenge at hand for a textile company is to ensure we meet customers demand especially for the personalised clothing industry but at the same time from the time of picking the cotton buds from the field to its end stitching and packing to reduce carbon emission. For that to happen we need to think creatively to ensure the farmers who are picking the cotton in the fields share the same suitability goals as us. So for the farmer to harnessing the solar and wind energy and limiting burning fossils. Much of the textiles we sell are imported from Asia which have an amply supply of sunlight. Coupled with that determining the feasibility of Monarch Electric Tractors. Ensuring from the time of picking the cotton from the farm to delivery to the factory to utilise less energy as possible to ensure we move towards a greener textile product.
For the textile industry the effective utilising of Artificial Intelligence and robotic automation will be key as we gear towards a zero carbon environment. Using robots to work in the fields to pick the cotton and ensuring least waste in the supply chain will be key to achieving our green targets for the future.
From the perspective of the knitting, dyeing and stitching phase of the garment manufacturing we need to be able to measure each phase and the effect it has on the environment. Using energy efficient fabric knitting machines or plants utilising solar energy to run their machines will be essential. The appropriate water treatment plant to ensure all the chemicals used are safely drained.
Planning for the supply chain to go green
Ensuring the whole textile supply chain to be more sustainable is a huge challenge. No one textile company has the ability to ensure all the inputs into a finished textile product can fulfil our end objective for a more sustainable approach on what we take from the earth. Rather textiles are a product of a collective input from different sources e.g. from the farmer growing the cotton, to the cotton yarn manufacture and then knitting and dyeing and stitching phase. All these are done by different companies which are in turn run by individuals. So we feel education is so important on why sustainable development policy is so important for our long term well being. It needs to be collective concern so that the individuals steps are harmonised into the broader end goal. So our policy has been to engage and interact with our suppliers to create more awareness of the risks of climate change and why it matters and how moving forward we need to work in a more sustainable fashion.
Must of the personalised industry reacts to changing fashion or social media or media entertainment demands. For example it might be a slogan from a recent hit movie series on Netflix. Now customers demand is for a t shirt to have that new famous slogan. The printing customisation industry reacts to that demand and seeks to print those t shirts with that "new" slogan. Now after few weeks that new trend has died down and a new trend or demand has approached. A sustainable approach would be to for the customer to have the ability send back that old t shirt and wholesalers have the ability to recycle the t shirt and sell as fresh new blank garments for it to be ready to be printed the NEW trend. This would be more sustainable than to input energy to make a fresh batch of t shirt. But the question would remain what incentive would a customer have to be able to return the old t shirt to be recycled. A possible crypt currency or token or a monetary value for end consumer to again from selling back the old t shirts to the t shirt supplier could be a possible solution.
Why its so important for textile companies to become more sustainable
We are aware of our responsibilities to other people who we share the planet with. Being a leaders in supplying textile clothing in UK in particular the personalised industry we intent to lead and inspire changes on big matters such as sustainability. In 2020 we published an internal memo to our suppliers on how we can do our part to ensure lasting polices towards a greener world i.e. in terms of energy from renewable source, water conservation in our textile manufacturing and switching all our cotton to organic yarn. Even a small change when we count in terms of cumulative impact across the supply chain can have a profound effect.
Recycling the garments back into cotton yarns to be able to knit new fabric could be a massive gain to sustainability. Although theoretically it is possible take garments and to breakdown the cotton back into cotton yarn to be able to reuse that cotton the issue is to be able to ship back the used clothing back to the developing countries where much of the garments are stitched. The shipping cost although could be an obstacle but to be able to put incentives for countries in terms of "carbon credit" to be able to recycle the cotton back into the " textile fashion cycle".
Another dynamic to lower needlessly generated C02 could be the adoption of 3D printing in the textile sector. 3D printing technology is developing at a face pace with World Economic Forum predicting that be 2030 we will be able to print entire organs. With that in mind why can't a 3D printer not print an entire t shirt?