Chemical companies partner to accelerate textile sustainability
Posted October 20, 2020
SINGAPORE – Seven of the world’s leading chemical companies have come together to launch Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI).
With a commitment to collaboration, innovation and transformational change, the new alliance aims to lead the textile and leather industries towards a more sustainable future.
“As the global textile and leather industries strive to become more sustainable, chemistry solutions have a defining role to play. Sustainable chemistry enables brands, retailers and manufacturers to better protect the wellbeing of factory workers, local communities, the environment and, ultimately, consumers,” said Rohit Aggarwal, SCTI chairman and president of Huntsman Textile Effects. “But while meaningful improvements are possible, no one company can achieve the shift to sustainability on its own. This is the impetus for SCTI.”
All of the founding members of SCTI – Archroma, CHT Group, Huntsman, Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation (KISCO), Pulcra Chemicals, Rudolf Group and Tanatex Chemicals – have made substantial investments in sustainable solutions in recent years. They are now committing to investing and working together to further advance chemistry knowledge and its safe and sustainable application in the textile and leather industries.
Specifically, SCTI will support brands, retailers and manufacturers of all sizes at every stage in their sustainability journey to achieve the highest levels of sustainability, by sharing members’ knowledge of chemistry and its application, and by providing training and tools to ensure stakeholders can adopt technologies and optimize processes. SCTI is also developing a global harmonized sustainability standard for chemical products used in the industry, along with a supporting assessment tool that covers all aspects of the products, from hazards through to environmental, ecological and social impacts.
The ultimate aim for SCTI is to help the industry produce more sustainable textile and leather end products for consumers through cleaner and more transparent supply chains that use less water and energy and produce less emissions and pollution.
"Sustainable chemistry enables brands, retailers and manufacturers to better protect the wellbeing of factory workers, local communities, the environment and, ultimately, consumers.”
Rohit Aggarwal, SCTI chairman and president of Huntsman Textile Effects.