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Indian textile and apparel export registers staggering growth in October: CITI

The exports of textile and apparel stood at Rs.20,353 crore during October 2018 as compared to Rs.14,779 crore during October 2017, showing an impressive growth of 38%. It is noteworthy that over the same period apparel exports have grown at a whopping rate of 54%, informed Mr. Sanjay K Jain, Chairman, Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI). He observed that the positive trend in exports for the entire textile value chain has been the result of CITI's continuous persuasion with the Government and pragmatic approach shown by the Union Minister of Finance, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Union Minister of Textiles, on the issues of T&C Industry especially post GST implementation.

Mr. Jain expressed his deep gratitude to Hon'ble Ministers for their timely policy support and intervention to boost the industry which was under severe stress especially after the implementation of GST. Mr. Jain was delighted to see the positive IIP data also. It is pertinent to mention here that the IIP production data for T&C also witnessed robust year on year growth during September 2018 as compared September 2017.

Textiles and apparel has registered a growth of 5.4% and 20.9%, respectively during September 2018. Chairman asserted that the growing positive trend shows visible signs of recovery after a difficult period. Industry is hopeful that Government would take suggested measures to boost exports and limit imports. in a much more comfortable position. Continuous growth in exports and IIP index would result in boosting employment, scaling up production and most importantly making “Make in India” initiative a reality for T&C Industry. Gauging the current scenario, Mr. Jain is confident that in the coming months, with Government support, the industry would be in a position to meet it’s forgets.

Duty drawback rate increase to boost textile exports from India

The government's decision to raise the duty drawback rates will boost textile and apparel exports, experts said. Despite several incentives offered by the government to boost textile and apparel exports, their shipment from India stagnated between $32 billion and $37 billion for over seven years. For the financial year 2017-18, India witnessed textile and apparel exports to the tune of $36.05 billion as against the target of $45 billion. Now, the government has set yet another challenging target of $82 billion by 2021. To achieve this, the government hiked the Merchandise Export from India Scheme (MEIS) rate from 2 per cent to 4 per cent on various products and also offered several incentives, including interest subvention. But, these efforts did not yield desired result primarily because of preferential treatment given to small economies like Bangladesh and Thailand in the western countries, the largest market of India's textile and apparel exports. “The revised drawback rates will lead to increase exports of cotton textiles and other products in the value chain. There is a significant increase in the drawback rates for cotton made-ups which will encourage export of value-added products like home textiles.

Further, the removal of drawback cap in the case of export products where the drawback rates are less than 2 per cent will benefit the cotton textiles exporters,” said K V Srinivasan, Chairman, The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (Texprocil). The Union Ministry of Commerce raised the duty drawback rates across all varieties of textile and apparel by up to 70 per cent recently. Global markets have turned favourable for Indian exporters because of the Chinese government's decision to reduce activities in the labour and energy-intensive industries, including textile and apparel. Industry sources said China has reduced its global market share in the textile and apparel segment to 38 per cent from over 40 per cent nearly two years ago. India, however, has failed to grab the opportunity to increase its global market share which remained consistently at 1 per cent for several years. China's vacated market share has not been fully explored because of the high cost of production and the liquidity crises in India. In fact, small economies like Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam have increased their global market share in the textile and apparel segment. Meanwhile, India's overall textile and apparel exports recorded a marginal growth of 2 per cent to $20.8 billion for the April-October 2018 period over $20.4 billion in the corresponding last year. The share of textile and apparel in overall merchandised exports from India stood at 11 per cent for the period this year. “The increased drawback rates will provide relief to the exporters. In view of the significant duties/taxes embedded in the man-made fibre (MMF) textile segment, the drawback rates declared now need to be enhanced at least up to 6 to 7 per cent from the existing 1 to 3 per cent,” said Sri Narain Aggarwal, Chairman, The Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council (SRTEPC). The increase in the duty drawback rates would help the exporters face the competition in the overseas market. The maximum increase of drawback rates on MMF textiles is by about 1.5 per cent. Also, the product of nylon filament yarn (dyed) has been added under the drawback scheme.

New duty drawback rates will boost cotton textiles exports –TEXPROCIL

Welcoming the announcement of the new rates, Dr. K. V Srinivasan, Chairman of The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) said: “The Revised Drawback rates will lead to increase in the exports of Cotton textiles”. here is a significant increase in the Drawback rates for Cotton Made ups which will encourage export of value added products like home textiles, according to the Chairman, TEXPROCIL. Further, the removal of Drawback Caps in the case of those export products where the Drawback rates are less than 2% will benefit the cotton textiles exporters, said Mr. Srinivasan. Dr. Srinivasan urged the Government to increase the MEIS rate for fabrics from 2% to 4% and also to cover Cotton yarn under the MIES and 3% Interest Equalization Scheme so that exports of Cotton textiles can achieve its true potential.

SIMA welcomes move

Mr. P. Nataraj, Chairman, The Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) stated that the increase would help the exporters to improve their competitiveness especially in the PTA countries. An important welcome feature of the announcement is the removal of value cap on most of the items which has been discouraging value addition, says Mr. Nataraj. The duty drawback has been increased from 1.2% to 1.7% for cotton yarn, from 1.3% to 1.6% for cotton fabric from 2% to 2.6% for made-ups. However, there is a marginal decrease in the duty drawback rates of apparel items, he added.SIMA Chairman opined that considering the continuous fall in garment exports, the industry was hoping for increase in DBK rates. The government could have atleast continued the existing rates of duty drawback to sustain the existing level of garment exports. The reduction in drawback rates on garments might have negative impact on exports, he said. Mr. Nataraj has appealed the Government to at least retain the existing rates. He added that it is essential to refund the embedded / blocked taxes and also the inverted duty to further improve the competitiveness.

Largest apparel manufacturing unit of Meghalaya becomes operational

Meghalaya's largest apparel manufacturing unit near has started production after remaining idle for nearly two years, an official said. Located at Hatisil in South West Garo Hills and covering an area of 45,000 sq feet, the apparel factory was originally set up at a cost of Rs. 14.26 crore by the Union Ministry of Textiles. But it remained idle for nearly two years as the agencies that the unit was allocated to failed to meet their commitment to start production, the official said. The centre was made operational after the School of Livelihood and Rural Development (SLRD) took over the centre in September this year. The SLRD is a development agency with operations across four regions of the country and has expertise in skill development, market integration and rural development. Production work has finally begun and will be ramped up in stages to meet the market demand in India and Bangladesh, the official said. “The centre has the required infrastructure to initiate manufacturing activities for apparel and accessories which will link with our other interventions in weaving and embroidery. The entire activity was initiated to ensure sustained livelihoods on an industrial scale,” SLRD mission director Abhijit Sharma said. The apparel manufacturing unit is expected to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 1,500 people of the region, the official said. Often, skill development initiatives do not result in sustained livelihoods due to absence of a market-linked approach, monotonous products and uncompetitive pricing, Sharma said.

Yarn production increased in Q2/18 and fabric production slightly shrunk

Global yarn production increased by +5% between Q1/18 and Q2/18. Higher output where observed in Egypt (+1.4%), the U.S.A. (+3.2%), South Africa (+3.3%), and globally in Asia where the overall +5.7% increase was led by Chinese Taipei and Korea, Rep. (respective growth rates of +8.1% and +8.8). An opposite trend has been observed in all surveyed European countries, Brazil and Japan. Forecasts for Q3/18 are only optimistic in Africa but the Q4/18 previsions turn positive in all regions except Brazil where stability is expected. Global yarn stocks decreased globally by -4.75%. This is the effect of small contractions in Asia and Europe (between -3% and -4%), an +18% increase in Brazil, and a -20% average decrease in the African countries surveyed. Altogether, yarn stocks reached 85% of their previous year's level for the same quarter. Global yarn orders decreased by -6% led by a strong reduction in the Brazilian market (-28%). Yarn orders however increased in Africa and Europe by +5.7% and +7.5%, respectively.

Global fabric production slightly decreased from Q1/18 to Q2/18. The +0.25% contraction reflects a -6% output reduction in Africa, a decrease of -0.5% in Asia, a +1.6% increase in Europe, and a +3.7% jump in Brazil. The world output level now reaches 87% of its Q2/17 level. Fabric production in all regions is expected to decrease in Q3/18 except in Brazil where stability is foreseen. Q4/18 should see improvements in all regions. In Q2/18, the global fabric stock level grew by almost +2%. It was driven by Brazil's stock increase of +7%, which brought global fabrics stocks 11% above their Q2/17 level. Stocks remain stable in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.A. They continue to steadily drop in Egypt. Global fabric orders have risen by +43% at world level in Q2/18, led by a +65% increase in Brazil that followed an unusually low first quarter. Orders in Asia and Europe have stagnated and contracted in Egypt, respectively. Global fabric orders are now 16% above their level observed in Q2/17.

TITSC seminar on technical textiles at Madurai

A two day industry based seminar cum exhibition on “Business opportunities & marketing in technical textiles” (Meditech, Agrotech, Sportech, Hometech, Geotech etc) (4th Editions) has been organized at Fortune Pandian Hotel, (Member ITC Group), Race Course, Madurai, on 25th & 26th January 2019. Organized by Technical and Innovative Textile Solutions Center (TITSC) (Center of Excellence for Technical Textiles Approved by Industries) the seminar aims to promote technical textiles in India and abroad.

Further information from: TITSC SWAKAR HOUSE,37A, PLS Nagar, Phase I, Chinniyamplayam Post, Coimbatore -641 062 Tamil Nadu – India Phone: 7339635146, 9790225424 Email:

India's first award for sustainability - 'Circular Design Challenge' invites entries for its inaugural edition

The 'Circular Design Challenge', launched earlier this year as part of R Elan's 'Fashion for Earth' initiative, is now open for entries. The design challenge, launched in August at the Winter Festive 2018 edition of Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with the United Nations in India, puts a spotlight on circular fashion. With the upcoming Summer Resort 2019 season, Lakmé Fashion Week will continue its focus on fashion and sustainability. The Circular Design challenge, open to all fashion/ accessory designers and entrepreneurs in India, aims to recognize environmental champions of tomorrow in the Indian fashion and textiles industry. This initiative will unravel the country's first award for sustainability, and it will inspire innovation through circular design and offer solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion and textile industry in the country. The registration for the challenge can be done at Applicants must incorporate circular components across the textile value chain in their design through the application of circular-design principles and demonstrate a positive impact on the environment and on society. The designers will need to submit a proof concept of their sustainable collection, which must encompass key principles of circularity, sustainability, aesthetics and scalability. They can use any material for their collection, as long as it is upcycled from diverse waste sources – including plastics The shortlisted entries will be judged, and a final winner will be announced by an eminent jury on 31 January, which is the Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2019. The winning collection will be showcased on Sustainable Fashion Day at Lakmé Fashion Week in August 2019. Commenting on the partnership Mr. Vipul Shah, COO – Petrochemicals, Reliance Industries Ltd. said, “As an industry leader, we have embraced circularity and sustainability in our core values and operations, aiming to make the world a better place for the generations to come.” “We are confident that the Circular Design Challenge will provide enormous opportunities for budding concept creators fashion designers and the entire textile value chain to exhibit their innovative ideas, designs with a focus on circularity and sustainability. The initiative will help the entire Indian textile value chain to become a global leader in ingraining circularity in their business strategy and operations,” Mr Shah added.

Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator in India, said: “From cultivation to weaving, from design to execution and transportation, fashion touches every part of the economy, affecting the lives of thousands of people along the way. It is vital that this process be sustainable, fair, and inclusive. The Circular Design Challenge is an opportunity for innovative young designers to combine sustainable design practices with new circular business models, rethinking how we design our products for their next use — not for 'end of life,' but rather 'end of use.' I am confident that this platform will encourage more design-led research to reduce textile waste and environmental impacts, helping accelerate the shift to circular fashion.” Atul Bagai, UN Environment, Country Head, India said, “Total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production, at 1.2 billion tonnes annually, are more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined. As UN Environment, we believe in recognizing innovative solutions as a means of addressing environmental challenges. Creative approaches such as The Circular Design Challenge are a perfect opportunity to promote sustainable textile production and consumption and accelerate sustainable development in general.” Jaspreet Chandok, Vice President and Head of Fashion at IMG Reliance said, “We are committed to bringing new design talent and innovators to the fore season-on-season through creative collaborations. Our partnership with the UN in India and R Elan's Fashion for Earth initiative for the Circular Design Challenge is a step towards identifying and supporting champions in the field of sustainability.” To accelerate the shift to a circular economy, companies and other actors are encouraged to adopt various strategies and to take action.

PrimaLoft launches new biodegradable materials at Performance Days

At Performance Day in Munich, PrimaLoft, Inc. debuted PrimaLoft Bio Insulation and PrimaLoft Bio Performance Fabric, the first synthetic functional materials made from 100% recycled, biodegradable fibres. PrimaLoft Bio Insulation is the first 100% recycled, biodegradable synthetic insulation. Standard polyester takes many lifetimes to degrade. PrimaLoft Bio Insulation is a textile breakthrough that begins as 100% post-consumer recycled materials and, when it reaches the end of its usable life cycle, completely returns to nature. And the sustainable product range has been extended: PrimaLoft Bio Performance Fabric joins the recently launched PrimaLoft Bio Insulation, also the first technology of its kind. The basis of both innovations is a technically advanced fibre technology, which enhances the fibres to be more attractive to naturally-occurring microbes. This allows a highly accelerated biodegradation under certain environmental conditions like in a landfill or in ocean water. The biodegradation process leaves behind water, methane, carbon dioxide and biomass. PrimaLoft Bio Insulation and PrimaLoft Bio Performance Fabric both remain highly durable throughout their usable life cycle in a garment. With this new material technologies, PrimaLoft is redefining what sustainability means in the apparel industry. This proprietary technology does not change the performance, look or feel of the garment and is expected to be available to consumers in fall 2020. Developed over the last four years by PrimaLoft's team of scientists and engineers, PrimaLoft achieved this textile breakthrough without affecting the performance characteristics of the insulation or the fabric. In accelerated test conditions simulating an accelerated landfill environment (ASTM D5511) and an accelerated maritime environment (ASTM D6691), PrimaLoft Bio fibres have reached near complete biodegradation in 423 days, a highly accelerated rate as compared to the negligible degradation observed in standard polyester, under the same conditions. PrimaLoft Bio fibres break down when exposed to landfill or ocean environment. PrimaLoft has enhanced the fibres to be more attractive to the naturally-occurring microbes found in these environments. The microbes eat away at the fibres at a faster rate, returning the insulation to nature. “With PrimaLoft Bio, PrimaLoft is leading the charge by redefining what sustainability really means,” said Mike Joyce, president and CEO of PrimaLoft. “Recycling is a good start but, we are intent on providing an even better answer to the environmental issues facing our industry. As we have been making sustainable products since 2007, PrimaLoft Bio speaks to the heart and soul of who we are. We looked at the global issues, including the proliferation of textile waste and microplastics, and determined how PrimaLoft could make a positive impact within our core competencies – material science and polymers. This technology, one of the most significant global technology launches in the company's history, provides a solution at the material level, which was key for our vision.” The idea was already born in 2014 from the PrimaLoft product management. After two years of research, it took two years to develop the process and more than a year of testing with an independent lab. “PrimaLoft Bio has the potential to transform the outdoor and fashion/lifestyle industries' supply chain,” said Dr. Charles Lancelot, a materials technologist who worked alongside PrimaLoft during the testing process. “Over 80% of discarded textile and garment wastes were landfilled in 2014 in the US, accounting for nearly 8% of the total waste. This advanced biodegradation technology from PrimaLoft leverages progressive end-of-life material science and demands the attention of every apparel brand interested in making a smaller environmental footprint. PrimaLoft Bio expands upon PrimaLoft's commitment to being relentlessly responsible, providing sustainable solutions throughout its business in order to lessen its impact on the earth. To date, PrimaLoft has saved more than 90 million plastic bottles from landfills and transformed them into premium insulation technologies. By 2020, 90% of PrimaLoft insulation products will have at least 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, without compromising performance. Earlier this year, PrimaLoft introduced its first insulations with 100% post-consumer recycled material. Moving forward, PrimaLoft is working diligently and investing to reduce its footprint through the supply chain with an emphasis on finding solutions for reducing energy, carbon emission reduction, utilizing biodegradable products and incorporating natural plant-based fibres in its products. “With premium quality, we want our consumers to be able to enjoy their garments for many years,” continued Joyce. “Yet, we know that products have a life cycle and are eventually disposed one day. PrimaLoft Bio goes hand in hand with sustainability, by providing a solution for the end of a garment's life cycle. We are excited to be the first to solve this problem in the synthetic insulation category.”

Tintex shows water saving solutions at Performance Days

Two of Tintex's fabrics have made it into the Performance Forum Jury's Pick Category that represents fabrics which are a valuable contribution to this season Performance Days focus topic Water – Our Responsibility. Tintex will reveal its range of innovative fabrics that inspire creativity at next week's Performance Days that takes place from 28-29 November in Munich. Tintex has been a leader in textile and research innovation for over twenty years, transforming a new generation of cotton and other natural based materials. Established in the Porto region as a specialist in dyeing and finishing techniques, makes Tintex Textiles the perfect choice for fashion, the company says.

Starting this month, Tintex is a bluesign system partner, meaning it is a responsibly acting party of the textiles value chain, committed to applying the bluesign system, continuously improving its environmental performance and staying focused on a sustainable future.

Key smart ingredients

Tintex' Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 collection includes vibrant tones, refreshing turquoise and electric green, light and warm copper with chocolate browns that connect the natural and spiritual in an extra-sensorial universe. The fabrics are infused with a stunning palette of nostalgic and multicultural colours – warm yellow with darkened reds, dynamic purple with urban greys. The fabrics feature a new generation of cotton – GOTS certified organic cotton, Supima cotton, and Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi – that helps save up to 77.9% water consumption, according to the manufacturer. The range also includes SeaCell and Smartcel, produced using the Lyocell process in a closed loop with no chemicals released as waste. Smartcel includes the essential trace element zinc providing anti-inflammatory capabilities. Refibra by Lenzing technology is another ingredient to the new range. It involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps, for example, from garment production, in addition to wood pulp, where the raw material is transformed to produce new Tencel Lyocell fibre to make fabrics and garments. Another feature is Bemberg by Asahi Kasei, a new generation GRS Certified material, made from cotton linters, with a biodegradability certification by Innovhub. Finally, the company uses Roica premium stretch innovative yarn by Asahi Kasei that has over 50% of pre-consumer recycled content.

Water – our responsibility

Of special interest this season are the two Tintex's fabrics that made it into the Performance Forum Jury's Pick Category. The first one is a smart rib developed to reduce the water usage as most as possible, from cultivation of raw materials until fabric finishing. It is a blend of Tencel Modal cellulosic and biodegradable material, and European hemp, a fast-growing plant that requires very little water and no herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. Both fibres are biodegradable.

The second selected article is a 100% Merino wool jersey made unique thanks to Colorau by Tintex, a patented natural dyeing process technique that uses vegetable herbs and extracts. “A great amount of water was saved by avoiding subsequent washing steps. Also, lower water pollution is achieved by avoiding synthetic dyestuffs,” the company reports.

Naturally Clean

The company also launches Naturally Clean – a smart finishing process that is designed to enhance the natural beauty of cotton, taking a cost-effective modern approach to eliminate aggressive treatments and optimise clean surfaces and vivid colours. “Naturally Clean achieves this by using Novozymes technology, a company that is indeed the world leader in biological solutions. Second, using textile chemicals with the lowest possible environmental impact, without compromising performance, from Beyond Surface Technologies. Naturally Clean maintains the original characteristics for an extended period of time. All materials are Oeko-Tex and soon bluesign certified, thus eliminating harmful substances,” the company explains. Further information

INTIMASIA to assemble top brands at Delhi

The innerwear segment has grown manifolds in India, but is yet to realise its full potential. During the last few decades, the organised inner wear sector has risen exceptionally. The men's inner wear is currently worth Rs 9477 crore as per 2017 estimates, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7 per cent in the next decade to reach Rs 17454 crore by 2027. While, the women's inner is valued at Rs 18454, and is expected to touch a whopping figure of Rs 56364 crore by 2027, if it continues to grow at an fabulous rate of 12 per cent CAGR over the next decade. INTIMASIA's decision to select Delhi as its host venue will be the best choice because – Delhi is one of the quickest expanding markets for intimate wear brands. Above 3000, conventional and latest Multi-Branded Outlets sells intimate wear products across Delhi and NCR region. Every year Delhi witnesses an annual average sale per customer worth nearly Rs 1700000, and an approximate monthly sale of Rs.416 crores and yearly sale of Rs.5000 crores for all intimate wear products overall. The show is stated to start on January 21st till January 22nd, 2019 at the fashion capital of India, i.e. Delhi in Pragati Maidan Top brands like Triumph, Sweet Dreams, Groversons Paris Beauty, Pepe Innerwear, Lyra, Bodycare, Libertina, Zivame, Clovia, Pretty Secrets, Dollar, and many more have already signed in for the event. The show will host all kinds of intimate apparels like Lingerie, Men's Innerwear, Kids Innerwear, Sleepwear, Loungewear, Swimwear, Shapewear, Activewear, Socks & Stockings, Thermals, Leggings, Handkerchiefs and other hosiery products. Yusuf Dohadwala, Chief Organiser of INTIMASIA and CEO of IAAI, says, “INTIMASIA 3.0 aims to gather threefold in terms of footfalls as compared to its previous. With INTIMASIA Northern region will see fashion & business at its best”. Intimate Apparel Association of India (IAAI), founded on 30th May 2010, is the apex body striving to bring success and development to the intimate apparel industry of India. IAAI's vision is to: “To promote, advance, expand and develop Indian intimate apparel industry such that it may soon be a force to reckon with not only in Indian markets, but also globally.”

Tencel becomes the title sponsorer for INTIMASIA 3.0

This year's INTIMASIA 3.0 will surely be exciting and interesting as compared to its two previous versions, as in this year, Lenzing's own textile brand Tencel will be the prime sponsorer. Tencel is used in highly specialised applications, and is known for its skin softness, touch smoothness and sensitivity, and enlightening senses. Moreover, it has an amazing efficiency for thermal regulation and moisture absorption. Lenzing's Tencel intimate fibre is a must have ingredient for a high-quality lingerie and authentic underwear. The fibre absorbs moisture so efficiently, hence preventing any chance of bacteria growth, it naturally manages the moisture transportation, enhancing fabrics by keeping skin pleasantly comfortable. Hence, the fibre would surely soothe the body with a subtle touch that remains barely visible. Head of Marketing for Tencel Asia, Ms Bhargavi says, “Our fibres connect well with intimate wear products owning to its skin friendly and soft attributes. We firmly believe in the growth of Indian intimate wear industry and a show like INTIMASIA is absolute need of hour.”

Green marathon runners drape with GOTS certified organic cotton T-shirts

A Green Marathon was held in Mumbai on October 28, 2018 and was the second event of the SBI Green Marathon series, after the first one, which was held in New Delhi in September 2018. The theme was about celebrating a passion for the environment, sustainability and better living conditions for our future generations.

The marathon runners were provided organic cotton t-shirts, which are certified according to Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), an international eco-label. GOTS is the world's leading textile processing standard for organic textiles. The entire textile supply chain of organic textile can be fully traced right from the farm to ready-made garments. The GOTS label on the garments includes the license number of the manufacturer. The consumers can verify the validity on GOTS website. Thus, the consumer facing GOTS label provides a credible assurance to the end user that their product has been manufactured in the most sustainable manner from certified organic fibres. Organic cotton garments signify no use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, nor hazardous dyes and chemicals, which ensures the textile fabric is safe for the consumer's skin. Besides, GOTS social criteria also ensure that there is no use of child labour and working conditions are safe throughout the textile supply chain. “I have always been fascinated by organic products and today I feel proud in wearing a certified organic cotton shirt as organic products ensure that there is no harm to our health or skin,” Atul Nandrekar, a top official at India's largest telecom operator and a fitness enthusiast and avid trekker informs. “I am wearing clothing which is organic certified. Although I may not feel the difference while wearing, I feel delighted in wearing a t-shirt, which will never harm my skin, or the environment, when it was manufactured,” Rinki Shah, a finance officer in a MNC and who too loves travelling & networking says. “We are very pleased to see the increasing uptake of GOTS certified clothing in India. India produces 56 per cent of the world's organic cotton. Various retailers are offering GOTS certified organic clothing in the India market now. Consumers can actively choose eco-fashion with the proof being the GOTS eco-label tag,” Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative (India & Bangladesh) adds.

GOTS at international expert workshop on biodiversity

The Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) invited GOTS to an interactive 'International Expert Workshop' of global experts on 'Maintaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Worldwide through Sustainable Consumption' from 8-11 October 2018, held on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. GOTS Deputy Director Mr. Sumit Gupta participated and made a presentation on 'The Role of Eco-Labels in Fostering Sustainable Consumption & Production'. The presentation was followed by a Panel Discussion on the same topic with representatives from IÖW, cotton and soybean sector. The key sectors in focus were Cotton, Soybean and Lithium. 24 international experts participated and presented about these industries and their related impact on biodiversity and environment. Key learnings include:

  1. Patterns for loss of biodiversity, like deforestation, water pollution, etc. are similar in different industry sectors.
  2. To contain loss of ecosystem services, immediate interventions by government and private players are necessary
  3. Sustainability focused organisations must work together across product sectors and regions to protect the environment and ecosystem services.

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