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Sustainability Consortium unveils wastewater Toolbox

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Nov '19
Pic: Sustainability Consortium
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The Sustainability Consortium has unveiled a Wastewater 101 Toolbox to help the textile industry understand the causes, impact and treatment of wastewater. The free online resource will help manufacturers, retailers and brands improve their wastewater footprint. It will also help the producers of clothing and textiles have a lesser impact on the environment.

The Sustainability Consortium was founded by the University of Arkansas and the University of Arizona in 2012. The Toolbox is a hub for communicating the business case for wastewater treatment and integrates new standards, knowledge and resources across all parts of the textile supply chain.

The Toolbox was created through a TSC-member task force of leaders in the textile industry that include Hanes Brands, Fruit of the Loom, Walmart, North Carolina State, Cotton, and the US Department of Energy.

The purpose of the site is to help the textile industry learn about the treatment of wastewater as part of the textile manufacturing process, act on this sustainability issue through available resources and trainings and share their experiences with the wider community. The Toolbox connects users to globally relevant resources specific to 17 of the world's biggest textiles-producing countries. The self-guided website uses tags to curate results.

"The textile industry is very competitive. We believe in a level playing field when it comes to the proper treatment and disposal of wastewater, which is a very important issue," said Philip Henson, director of energy and sustainability for Hanes Brands.

Sarah Lewis, senior director of innovation for The Sustainability Consortium, said, "The Wastewater 101 Toolbox fills a need - the need to easily connect people with resources and information about properly treating wastewater. Resources and information about wastewater treatment have been available but hard to find in one place. As a result of this industry collaboration, people can now more easily learn about wastewater and its impacts, share resources about treatment, and access information that helps them take action."

Adam Wade, senior director of sustainability and risk management for Fruit of the Loom, said, "We were pleased to take part in the development of this Toolbox. The project was a perfect fit to apply our 'Core Environmental Values' that include commitments to activities directed toward the presentation and conservation of our natural resources and educating and encouraging our employees in the preservation of our natural resources."

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