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Becoming sustainable is not a 5-minute job: Prof Mecheels
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Nov '14
Prof. Stefan Mecheels
Prof. Stefan Mecheels
“Becoming sustainable is not a five-minute job, but has to be seen as a dynamic process. It's a question of providing an impetus, so that the textile industry in developing countries can also catch up in terms of sustainability,” the head of a German textile research institute said.

In an exclusive chat with fibre2fashion, Professor Stevan Mecheel, CEO at The Hohenstein Institute, discussed the importance of testing, certification and sustainability in the global textile industry, along with the technological innovations taking place.

Hohenstein institute is a leading textile research body based in Germany. It was founded by Professor Otto Mecheels and Professor Stefan Mecheels, a scientist, is the third generation of the Mecheels family, heading the renowned institute.

Professor Mecheel in response to a question on rating global textile industry in terms of sustainability, added, “I don't think it's possible to judge any one industry as being good or bad. Even here in Europe, not so long ago, rivers were much polluted, though this has changed greatly in the last 30 years, as everyone can see.

“That takes a certain amount of time - time that we in Europe needed as well, to make that progress. What's important from my point of view is to keep up the momentum and try to get better every year, not only because of regulations, but above all because of a company's own sense of responsibility.”

“Over the past 20 years, independent testing and certification of textile products has assumed significantly greater importance. This is due to both, consumers being more aware of product quality and to the changes which have taken place in the global flow of goods,” responded to a query on importance of testing and certification of textiles.

On a question on importance of transparency and traceability in the textile supply chain, he opines by saying, “Environmental protection and social responsibility have become far more important in recent years for global textile brands, trade enterprises, and manufacturers along the textile value added chain.” (AR)

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