Hazardous chemicals and the impact of the Greenpeace Detox campaign on the textile dyeing and printing supply chain.
North of England region event. 24 September 2014, 6.15 –9.00pm, Mercure Norton Grange Hotel, Castleton, Rochdale OL11 2XZ
The textile industry is on the cusp of dramatic change. It is facing increasing pressure from NGOs as well as tighter regulation and rising costs. Developments arising from the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Joint Roadmap present a challenge as well as an opportunity. For some, dyehouses are obvious and very visual examples of poor practice within the textile supply chain. Discoloured effluent and water courses, unpleasant smells and the perceived use of dangerous chemicals are just some of the problems associated with poorly run dyehouses. However, for many retailers, dyehouses are part of the supply network that is sufficiently far away from their business for them to be to be considered someone else’s problem. And for those responsible retailers who want to minimise the impact of their supply network the coloration and finishing industry is complicated and difficult to influence.
Material World took place in June 2014 at the Houses of Parliament in London and hosted the UK final of SDC’s International Design Competition. You can read about the design competition finalists and their work here, but in addition, the event (which had been fully booked for several weeks), brought together representatives from the UK textile industry, academia and parliament, to highlight and discuss the challenges and opportunities for the textile industry in the UK.
Dr K S Murthy (Pidilite Industries Ltd) reports on this SDC EC event which took place at Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, India
“The Highest Law of Love is Service” is the slogan that defines Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science that was established in 1955. SDC EC in conjunction with the College featured Dr S Y Kamat, Vice President (Industrial Products and Solutions), Kothari Info Tech Ltd, in a lecture on “Advances in Pigment Printing and Inkjet Printing of Textiles” and Mr Yogesh Gaikwad of SDC on “What is Colour” on 28th January 2014 at the College Auditorium, which was attended by a full house of students all specialising in Textiles and Fashion Technology. Despite environmental issues and other problems, pigment printing continues to enjoy the lion’s share of about 50% of the total printing segment because it is fashion oriented, versatile on all substrates, easy and with the lowest water footprint.