Interview with Venkatesh Tulluri

Venkatesh Tulluri
Venkatesh Tulluri

People often misunderstand the term sustainability with a principle that concerns only the natural environment, while there is economic sustainability too along with the environmental sustainability. How far is it applicable in technical textiles industry?

Reduction of usage of new materials and energy through efficiency of the process and reuse of materials leads to obvious savings and improves the economics.

Technical textile industry indulges in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Does the technical textile industry take measures for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)?

At this point, being in the very beginning of the textile chain starting from the chemistry, the topic of EPR is not something we deal with on a day-to-day basis. However, we are open to offering solutions wherever possible to our customers.

Waste Management is considered one of the biggest crises in technical textiles. How does the technical textile industry deal with it?

Today this aspect is in its early stages for the technical textile industry. KERMEL is probably one of the first few in technical textile industry with its concept of "Nova Vita" brand for reuse of fibers collected as waste from used garments into other non-competing industries.

The consumers of the protective clothing industry are mostly the public personnel - the military and police forces. What is the role of government in ensuring sustainable development in the protective clothing industry?

In Europe, some end users are starting to impose some specifications in tenders to think about the Life Cycle analysis and for reuse of waste generated from used garments after completion of life of the garments.

Sustainability could only be attained after proper research activities and to study the results obtained thereby to implement the suitable options. What do you have to say about it?

This is clearly a very important point indicated in your question. There is a sequence and series of studies that need to be conducted on a pilot scale to establish the concept of how to save energy, water in the process for example and likewise pilot studies to be conducted in reuse of waste from used garments before they can be scaled up and implemented across the board. One needs to count on a time frame of between 2 and 3 years to come up with efficient solutions.
Published on: 27/01/2014

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