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Italian govt, Osklen partner for green textile sector

Jul '12
The Ministry of Environment, Government of Italy, has entered into a partnership agreement with Instituto-e, the non-profit branch of Brazilian apparel brand Osklen, for evolving eco-friendly technologies for the textile industry.
The project named “Traces” will assess Osklen’s carbon footprint, especially the environmental impact of six of its “e-fabrics” from the raw material stage to their creation and ultimately to the end disposal.
The e-fabrics include those made using recycled cotton, organic and natural cotton, recycled PET, organic silk and jute.
The Traces project will involve experts from both Italy and Brazil. It aims to evaluate greenhouse-gas emissions and develop sustainable models for the textile industry. It would also suggest possible mitigation plans.
The textile sector, which employs over 30 million people in the developing world, utilizes lot of water, energy, land and other resources and has one of the biggest carbon and social footprints in the industrial sector, Corrado Clini, Italy’s Minster for Environment, said.
He said social development and environmental protection should together guide the economic growth in developing countries.
The Italian and Brazilian experts would work together under Traces to address intertwining issues of environmental protection, safe work environment and poorest areas of economic growth, he added.
Mr. Oskar Metsavaht, Osklen’s founder and President of Instituto-e, said it is now the appropriate time to act as guardians and preserve our planet.

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