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[ MARKETS ] ADVANCED TEXTILES
 There is a growing
interest in bast fibers
like hemp, and the woody
core of hemp, which
can be used as a green
building material.
A
Environmentally
friendly fibers
Sustainable options for
functional fabrics can also
be profitable.
by Seshadri Ramkumar
RECENT REPORT FROM THE WORKING GROUP II
of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns
about hazards caused by a projected global warming of
1.5 degrees C in the next two decades. The report emphasizes the
importance of proper urban planning, infrastructure development,
healthy living ecosystems and well-planned transportation.
These will require better manufacturing initiatives, a highly skilled
workforce and investments in research and development in sustainable
products. The advanced textiles sector will continue to have a
significant role to play in the sustainability development process.
A four-legged table
Sustainability can be described as a table that must have four types
of " sustainability legs " in order to stand-elemental, environmental,
energy and economic, or " the 4 Es. " Elemental sustainability
involves the use of raw materials which have a smaller carbon
footprint, which lessens the impact on nature, thereby supporting
environmental sustainability.
To achieve these, one must have control of the use of energy. This
can be achieved by using alternate energy sources and practicing
conservation, which also saves money. Economic viability is the
fourth " leg " of sustainability.
This balanced approached, respecting the 4 Es, will enable
cost-effective, sustainable advanced products. Balancing cost and
technology is important and practical, says Kody Bessent, CEO,
Plains Cotton Growers Inc. " There are substantial costs relating
to innovation and sustainability that producers adhere to on an
annual basis, whether that is investment in newer agronomic/seed
technologies or management practices, " Bessent says.
" At times, higher prices received for cotton by producers allow
them to invest more in their operation just as any other small
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