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  1. 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

     

    3Rs - Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

     

    The "3Rs" concept refers to the principles of waste reduction, reuse, recycling of resources and products. Reducing is selecting to use something with care to limit the amount of waste produced. The continued use of objects or parts of items that still have useable qualities is referred to as reusing. Recycling is the use of waste as a resource. Waste reduction may be performed more efficiently by concentrating on the first of the three Rs, "reduce," followed by "reuse," and lastly "recycle".

     

    Let's take a closer look at what reduce, reuse, recycle are.

     

    1R - REDUCE

     

    The best way to manage waste is not to produce it. This can be done by shopping carefully and following a few guidelines:

    • Buy goods in bulk. Larger economy

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  2. Supply Chain Sustainability: Features and 8 Approaches to Improvement

    Supply Chain Sustainability: Features and 8 Approaches to Improvement

     

    In the global value chain, maintaining a balance between economy and high quality, environmental and social standards, reliability, and security of supply is a challenge. An increasingly close relationship between suppliers and customers is the key to creating sustainable value through reliable, high-value-added chains. At the same time, supply chains have the potential to be at serious risk.

    The management of environmental, social, and economic consequences, as well as the promotion of good management practices, are all part of a sustainable supply chain[1].

    The main goal of supply chain sustainability is for all stakeholders to create, protect, and grow long-term environmental, social, and economic value.

     

    Motivating companies

     

    Companies are motivated to work toward a sustainable supply chain for a variety of reasons. The main one is retaining old and attracting new customers. Other important reasons include risk management, the ability to manage reputation and compliance with laws and regulations while adhering to and supporting international principles of sustainable business conduct. In managing and striving to improve environmental, social, and economic performance, companies act in their own interests, the interests of their stakeholders and the interests of society as a whole.

     

    Parameters Affected by Improving Supply Chain Resilience

     

    • Consumer commitment

    Customers want to know that the brands they trust are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices. This allows you to maintain customer loyalty and minimize possible risks of reputational losses, since the supply chain also affects your brand reputation.

    • Competitiveness and profitability

    Sustainable development is about preserving competitiveness, not only ethics. Companies that do not prioritize sustainability run the risk of losing out to competitors who do so.

    • Cost savings

    Ensuring the supply chain's resilience can help avoid many financial risks, including potential fines, lawsuits, and loss of customers.

    • Continuity

    A supply chain disruption can be devastating. Using vendors that do not follow best practices can lead

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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.

     

    • Material selection

     

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