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  1. How sustainability is changing the furniture industry

     

     

    How sustainability is changing the furniture industry

     

    Sustainability was once viewed as a quite original standard and rather rare that only the biggest and most aware companies would aim for. However, attitudes towards sustainability have changed, and it became almost imperative for any successful business to engage in environmental initiatives. Among many industries that have taken measures to protect the environment, furniture stands out as one of the most important product lines.

    Eco-friendly furniture is essential in many aspects, be it for home, office, or entertainment. From wood used to make frames to fabrics and chemicals used to decorate pieces of furniture, the trend shows that many processes are done sustainably, and end-consumers do an additional check to ensure

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  2. What sustainability means for Building materials industry

     

     

    What sustainability means for the Building materials industry?

     

     

    What is a green building?

     

    Sustainable building means using more ecological and recyclable materials in construction, it also includes reducing energy consumption and waste. The main goal of sustainable construction is to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.

    Sustainable construction does not end when the building is completed, as the building itself should have a lower environmental impact throughout its life. This means that the building design must include elements that have a permanent positive impact on the building's environmental impact. These can include proper insulation to prevent heat loss, solar panels to reduce energy consumption, and long-lasting

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  3. Sustainability in the Textile Industry

    Sustainability in the Textiles industry

     

    The ecological footprint that clothes leave behind begins long before they are scrapped. For the production of raw materials from which the apparel will be made, many resources are needed: water, electricity, human labor, fuel, regardless of whether the fabric is natural or synthetic. For raw materials to grow, fertilizers and pesticides are almost always needed. Schematically, the life cycle of textiles can be represented as follows.

    As a consequence of the increasing environmental impact of clothing, consumption (especially fast fashion), environmental awareness of consumers is growing, increasing the niche for slow fashion products that promote the idea of ​​ethical clothing consumption.

     

    Environmental Impact of the Textile Industry

     

    Sooner or later, any clothing ends up in a landfill: according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, about 11.2 million tons of unnecessary clothing is thrown away each year in the United States alone. It is easier to understand the scale of these numbers if you try to imagine 509 thousand and 100 more trucks, fully loaded with clothes that no one will ever wear again.

    According to the UNEP study, of the total amount of used textiles:

    • 87% is thrown into landfills or incinerated.
    • less than one percent of old clothes are recycled and used to make new ones.
    • 12% are used differently.

    According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the global volume of greenhouse gases from textile production is 1.2 billion tons per year, which is more than the emissions of all international flights and shipping combined.

     

    Let’s review what can and needs to be done to meet a more sustainable production in the textiles industry as well as the utilization of the used apparel.

     

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    Sustainability in the Textile Industry

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