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Huntsman Textile Effects Proves Commitment to Sustainability

Huntsman Textile Effects, a dyes and chemicals company, has claimed its adoption of more sustainable practices is part of an industry-wide shift. The release of its MRSL earlier this year in support of the ZDHC is “an example of Huntsman’s transition towards a cleaner and more transparent supply chain,” according to Ecotextile.

Paul Hulme, president of Huntsman, said in a statement, “The past year has witnessed a change in the enforcement of environmental standards legislation around the world,” Ecotextile reported. He added, “More brands and retailers, industry organizations, mills and suppliers are coming together to accelerate change.”

Hulme explained the growth in the company’s Avitera range, which is a reactive dye technology for cotton. He said this can reduce water and energy up to 50 percent.

“The extension of the Avitera color palette has made a great impact. So many mills are switching to it or planning to do so in the near future, which indicates the importance that the industry is now placing on environmental best practice,” He concluded.

The textile dyeing and finishing industry is one of the leading global consumers of water and energy. It is predicted that by 2030, the world demand for fresh water will increase by 40 percent, while by 2050 a suggested one billion people will lack the needed water for daily living such as for drinking, cooking and bathing. There is a need for the industry to take responsibility and adopt sustainable business practices, Ecotextile explained.

A sustainability initiative event in textile dyeing and printing was held in Castleton, U.K. this September, and involved Huntsman representatives discussing how the chemical industry can help partners reduce their environmental impact and remain economically viable.

This past August, Huntsman developed a new range of fabric whiteners for shading polyester fabrics during waterless dying through machines that used CO2 as opposed to water.