Eco-friendly textiles: how brands can reduce their environmental impact

Brands can reduce their environmental impact through eco-friendly textiles that are processed with reduced use of water and energy.

According to Paragon, sustainable fashion has grown from a niche subset of the apparel business to one of the most sought after and discussed fashion categories today. That is why companies have begun to use sustainable practices that ensure the well-being of consumers and the planet.

One of the ways in which brands can reduce their environmental impact is through the selection of textiles, this can be done in different ways:

  1. Minimizing their carbon footprint by choosing eco-friendly textiles like organic cotton instead of polyester. These are made with production processes that respect the environment and people’s health. In addition, they are produced without the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, and are made with processes that minimize the use of water and energy.
  2. Obtaining their supply of textiles from producers with high environmental qualifications. This means there is less chance of the textile harming the environment during their creation, or excess fabric being disposed of incorrectly.
  3. Choosing textile manufacturers located near them, thus reducing the carbon emissions that occur during their transportation.

GK: leading innovation towards sustainable yarn and fabric through eco-friendly textiles

GK is a multinational corporation that has stood out for its projects in the areas of real estate, textiles, lifestyle, technology, and agriculture. According to its 2020-2022 Sustainability Report, its motto “Leading Sustainable Growth” has led the textile division to move towards the production of sustainable yarn and fabrics, investing more than 156 million dollars in the promotion of high-tech technologies, and advancing in the production of recycled fiber.

Its sustainability initiative is based on the use of Circular Economy models, where the transformation of its production lines stands out towards high-generation recycled fiber technology. Thanks to this, in the last 5 years GK has contributed with the conversion to thread and cloth of an equivalent of 200 million plastic bottles recycled from different sources.

This initiative covers different aspects such as:

  • Reduction of solid waste, especially plastics.
  • Reduced use of natural resources such as water.
  • Decreasing carbon dioxide emission to zero by 2030.

The GK textile division has an important Traceability Model throughout its value chain, which allows it to know its footprint within the supply chain. In addition, among its portfolio it offers products with different fibers such as Coolplus polyester, Regen Cotton, Recycled Cotton, and Recycled Polyester.

Thanks to these eco-friendly textile options, GK has helped drive the reduction of the environmental impact of the textile industry in the region.

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